The route that takes in Knokke-Heist’s coolest entrepreneurs

This summer, social media will show you the way in Knokke-Heist. Three new walking and cycling routes based on well-known social media will take you on a tour of the most interesting places for your favourite platform.

The LinkedIn route is a 19,5 km bike ride specially designed for people with an eye for business. Discover the history behind the façades of the many iconic companies, listen to the fascinating anecdotes of genuine entrepreneurs, admire the oldest golf club in the country and visit the favourite addresses of global stars. After all, Knokke-Heist is a hotbed of success stories and interesting networks. Just like LinkedIn itself!

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You can find the map of the route below.


Lichttorenplein      KM: 0

In collaboration with architectural firm E&L, artist Gert Verhoeven came up with a new look for Lichttorenplein, which has since generally become known as ‘the pink square’, for obvious reasons. The concept incorporates the 19th-century lighthouse. Newly rebuilt, it now serves as a useful tourist information point.



Albertplein                                                                                                                                         KM: 0,65

Welcome to the ‘place m’as-tu vu’, or ‘place to see and be seen’. The ‘beau monde’ of our seaside resort used to parade past all the terraces and works of art here, giving Albertplein its famous nickname. Even the Kennedys maintained close ties with Knokke-Heist, having sometimes strolled along here, more than likely incognito. The square has recently acquired a new architectural masterpiece in the form of a glass pavilion, comprising 2,211 triangular glass windows that form a dome with no internal support structures. The dome is surrounded by old coins, collected from local residents and incorporated into black concrete tiles. Together with white tiles, they form a checker-board pattern, set to once again welcome those lively terraces. As such, Albertplein goes back to being the ‘Place m’as-tu vu’ of yesteryear!


Albertplein 15, Guy Pieters Gallery      KM: 0.7

Guy Pieters is one of the leading lights of the West Flemish art world. This art dealer is well known both at home and abroad. From Knokke to Paris, the enthusiastic connoisseur has helped various talented creatives to become great artists. After seeing big names such as Jan Fabre, James Ensor, Christo, Andy Warhol, Panamarenko, Gilbert & George, Keith Haring and Niki de Saint Phalle step through the door of his gallery on Zeedijk, he opened this venue on Albertplein in 2014. With more than 90 other galleries and public works of art adding that extra sparkle to public areas, to call Knokke-Heist an art-loving coastal municipality would be somewhat of an understatement. Here, you will be washed over by waves of artistic talent (and not by the sea, thankfully), talent that just keeps on finding its way to the municipality.


Elizabetlaan 2, Memlinc hotel, bar, restaurant & rooftop      KM: 0.8

The Memlinc is an icon. The hotel is simply bursting with history, from a collapsed basement during World War II to visits by global stars such as Tom Jones, Cliff Richards and Claude Brasseur. Today, this listed building continues to attract international business clients and offer a taste of luxury. The 3Sixty bar – referring to its panoramic view – is a glorious spot on top of the hotel. This rooftop bar offers wonderful views of the sea and attractive villa districts. The hotel also has a business centre equipped with five meeting rooms, so there is no shortage of options for those who don’t know how to separate business and pleasure. The recently renovated Hotel Britannia and the new Enso District Hotel are also offering conference rooms, so entrepreneurs and businessmen can follow up on their work in full comfort.


Kustlaan      KM: 0.8

Brussels has its Nieuwstraat. Antwerp has its Nationalestraat. And in Knokke-Heist, you simply have to visit Kustlaan. Here, international names such as Louis Vuitton, Rolex and Hermès rub shoulders with Belgian brands such as Rue Blanche or Essentiel. On this coastal Fifth Avenue, you might well find car enthusiasts cruising by in their Jaguars and Ferraris. No wonder the largest number of Porsche Cayennes in the whole of Europe is found in Knokke-Heist. According to Belgian politician Leopold Lippens, strangely enough there are always women behind the wheel. ‘Perhaps their husbands had something to make up for.’ Another cool fact about Kustlaan? King Leopold III is said to have crawled beneath the half-open roller door of Neuhaus before dawn to tuck into his favourite chocolate undisturbed.


Zeedijk 832, River Woods Beach Club      KM: 1.8

Choose the perfect setting to relax. In Knokke-Heist, that means visiting the wide array of beach bars that extend along the dyke. While it might seem like one long summer terrace from a distance, each venue actually has its very own style and clientele. Beach Number 1 offers a nostalgic flair with 80s music, while Pura Vida is more focused on Caribbean vibes, and bars like Coconut Beach or Kids Beach pull out all the stops to make sure you have an unforgettable day. Sporty and relaxed, that’s what the River Woods Beach Club stands for. Among other things, they live up to these values with their extensive range of water sports for the whole family: surfing, kayaking, kiting and sailing. Did you know that this coastline, with its many beachside bars, also acts as the setting of the exciting VRT series ‘Knokke Off’?!


Dunes in front of the Zwin at the end of Zeedijk, Hospitality by Barry Flanagan      KM: 4.4

With his legs stretched out, the ‘Keuning van ’t Zwin’ or King of the Zwin appears to be flying over the dunes. This work by Barry Flanagan has been greeting passers-by since 1997. Further away are the remains of the old airport which opened in the summer of 1930 to get tourists to the coast more quickly. As well as birds, a keen eye may also spot Sergio Herman’s restaurants in nearby Cadzand, just across the Dutch border.


Bronlaan 113, Knokke-Out      KM: 7.3

The façade of this impressive white villa already hints at the opulence and pleasure found behind its walls. This elegant restaurant has everything you need for a truly charming evening. The terrace is adjacent to the Royal Tennis Club, where you can see the local elite working up a sweat. The establishment is a popular location for corporate events or private parties. Anyone who moors here often ends up in ‘Knokke-Out’.


Prins Filiplaan 1, Approach Golf      KM: 8.3

At Approach Golf, the name says it all – it’s the perfect place to get a taste for this popular sport. Come here to try it out to your heart’s content before you start the hard work. You won’t find any experienced golfers here, and you have to carry your own clubs. To experience the real deal, you’ll need to bring your wallet, as the Royal Zoute Golf Club has a hefty green fee for those without a membership card and a handicap above 35.


Sioen Industries      KM: 8.3

In the 1960s, husband-and-wife team Jacqueline and Jean-Jacques Sioen founded what would become one of the most impressive Flemish family businesses. The listed textile company Sioen Industries is a world leader in technical textiles. Amongst other things, they produced bulletproof vests for the Irish army. The late Jacqueline subsequently transferred her position as CEO to her daughter Michèle so she could study winemaking at Château La Marzelle in France. The origins of this successful family lie in the cosmopolitan resort of Knokke-Heist and they still live in the municipality, near Approach Golf.

11. PUT 19

Sparrendreef 74, last hole after the golf course      KM: 8.6

One of the cafés at the heart of the small village of Het Zoute bears the name ‘Put 19’. You will find 19 holes or ‘putten’ here instead of the usual 18, as on most golf courses. After all, this traditional pub is the last stop on the course. It remains a fixture on the coast and welcomes all kinds of businesspeople on a daily basis, who call in to discuss jokes and deals over a pint.


Sparrendreef 91, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Het Zoute                                                               KM: 9

More often than not, churches tend to act as unrivalled historical monuments in any given municipality, at least in terms of architectural style and appearance. In Knokke, this is not the case. Here, churches also need to compete with the grandeur of the adjacent villas. At least this is what Maurice Lippens must have thought when he had the Dominican Church built in neo-Romanesque style about a hundred years ago. With the same white walls and red roof tiles, the church blends in nicely with the colour palette of Het Zoute. Nowadays, in the charming courtyyard of this small Zoute church, surrounded by a cloister, the Dominican monks (named after the missionary Dominicus) only hold special celebrations and commerations. The idyllic church serves more and more as a decor for concerts and plays.

13. LEBEAU19

Zoutelaan 175, Golfhotel Lebeau19     KM: 10,1

A hotel surrounded by nature appeals to everyone, golf lovers or otherwise. Lebeau19 is located close to the Royal Golf Club and the Zwin. That makes it ideal for holding a business meeting during a game of golf or on a walk through the reserve. With a typically English rustic style, the hotel exudes an appealing elegance. Inside the focus is on high-level comfort, including an extensive brunch. Flemish cuisine at its best, and you don’t even have to stay here to enjoy it!


Zoutelaan, Fort Sint-Pol      KM: 11

Niki de Saint Phalle's colourful, whimsical and friendly dragon is almost impossible to describe in words. The artwork ‘Le Dragon’ can be admired in the garden of Fort Sint-Pol. This art temple was long owned by the Nellens family, the same family that put Knokke Casino on the cultural map all those years ago. It organised ‘déjeuners sur l'herbe’ at the Fort, bringing together some 400 artists (including big names such as Picasso, Delvaux, Magritte, Beuys and Dalì) on a regular basis. These days, it is owned by Bart Versluys who aims to turn it back into the beating heart of the art scene in Knokke-Heist with a ‘Versluys Foundation’. Although it is not currently open to the public, you might catch a glimpse of the dragon as you cycle past.


Graaf Jansdijk 270, Le Boudin Sauvage      KM: 12,8

A classic example of how a French translation can lend cachet to any phrase. Nonetheless, The Wild Sausage - as odd as it sounds in English - has become a popular fixture on Knokke-Heist’s dining scene. Enjoy its excellent French cuisine and great ambience with a fondue fork in your hand (it’s a good place for groups, too). Business partners also like to clinch deals here.


Kalfstraat 42, CWART      KM: 13,6

CWART? It’s the new name for the old Ceuvelhoeve which underwent a transformation a few years ago. All the rustic elements of the building are now in dialogue with modern and industrial materials. The farm plays an important role in the municipality’s current art policy. The big names can easily be found in other galleries, but this is a place for experimentation. Up-and-coming artists find support here in the form of an exhibition space, interesting co-working activities or lectures. The place simply bustles with creativity and culinary activity: as well as enjoying art, you can also have a delicious dinner there.


Smedenstraat 93, Royal Knokke FC      KM: 15,8

It’s common knowledge that people from Knokke-Heist love sport. That healthy sea air gets everyone moving, in the municipality and beyond. For example, well-known millionaires such as Bill Gates and Roman Abramovich like to make the most of Knokke-Heist’s famous horse races. Then there’s Royal Knokke FC, originally founded by the mini-colony of English expats. With growing interest in the football on display pushing the facilities to their limits, OYO Architects were appointed to carry out a complete overhaul. Since football is not played every day of the year, The Arena Group was also brought in to provide a wide range of team-building activities both in and around the stadium. Fancy competing in the ‘office Olympics’, a decathlon taking place inside the arena, for example?


On the banks of the Duinenwater Lake, Duinenwater Knokke      KM: 16,9

Have you ever dreamed of a resort on the coast with all the amenities and recreation you could ever want, but without the annoying tourists? The Duinenwater promises to become the most idyllic residential site in the region. The design remains true to Knokke-Heist style, with its stately character and red roofs. Living, shopping and water sports will go hand in hand here. The area is also attracting many interesting start-ups and established entrepreneurs from the area, such as the restaurant Blanco and Boulangerie Henri on Keith Haringplein just around the corner. The future of Knokke-Heist is in the making here, something which investors understand extremely well.


Edward Verheyestraat 17, Boo Raan                                                                                                   KM: 17,8

Dokkoon Kapueak, Chef at restaurant Boo Raan, is living proof that Knokke-Heist is something of a land of milk and honey. Having grown up in the jungle of Thailand, she ended up in Knokke-Heist via an aunt, initially working as a masseuse. Today, she runs her own Michelin-starred restaurant, serving top-level traditional Thai cuisine. Naturally, she is a hugely inspirational figure for many local entrepreneurs.


Elizabetlaan 160, Hotel La Réserve                                                                                                     KM: 19,2

In the glory years of the casino, many major international stars would walk off-stage and head straight for the Hotel La Réserve. Staying here was as close as you could get to artists such as Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre or Gilbert Bécaud. Although the hotel became a status symbol, it failed to stand the test of time. Acquired by the famous Nellens family in 2007, it was demolished shortly afterwards. Design agency EL Architects started work on the prestigious project and turned it into a spacious residential complex. But things didn’t stop there. In 2021, entrepreneurs Marc Coucke and Bart Versluys bought the building with the aim of upgrading the unoccupied space into the first five-star hotel on the Belgian coast. Inside, you will find saunas, an indoor pool and… what would a five-star hotel be without a Michelin-starred restaurant? La Rigue, the restaurant of star chef Peter Goossens, is the icing on the cake for this luxury paradise.


Zeedijk 509, Casino      KM: 19,4

Knokke-Heist’s cultural monument requires little introduction. The casino is the municipality’s flagship. The Art Deco walls (after a design by Leon Stynen) remain wonderfully reminiscent of post-war glory. Global stars such as Charles Aznavour, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald performed on stage here. The king of surrealism, René Magritte, painted his 72-metre indoor fresco in 1952. He commuted to the coast three times a week by train to complete his work. Partly as a result of this exposure, the artist grew into one of our best-known Belgian exports. Restoration of the works in the Magritte room, which can be visited with a guide, began in 2022. And, seeing as you’re already inside, take a look at the Casino’s showpiece: the 7.5-tonne chandelier, made up of 22,000 crystals that take several weeks to clean every few years. Until recently, this famous chandelier was the biggest in the world!


Zeedijk 510, Calypso Restaurant & Bar      KM: 19,5

Calypso shares its name with the enchanting water nymph from Homer’s Odyssey. Anyone who walks in here will certainly understand the comparison. The restaurant is located on the water with a view of the sunset, right next to the casino. The interior has an almost mythical quality. The same can be said of the menu, where you will find all sorts of premium drinks. The strange drinks machine turns out to be a magic door to the secret karaoke room. And why not?

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• Knokke-Heist also created a Spotify playlist with custom music for each route, so you can also experience the routes intensely on your own. Discover the LinkedIn playlist here.