Knokke is a town within the municipality of Knokke-Heist. The town itself is fairly small but accounts for 16,000 of the municipality’s 30,000 residents. The destination is not the most popular in Belgium but it certainly appeals to the middle-class in the country and proves a popular spot for those with holiday homes due to its many beaches and decent nightlife. If you explore the area around Knokke, you will see that there are many mansions dotted around the neighbouring towns.
As far as tourism goes, the main attraction of Knokke is the beach and the nightlife but there are also a few worthwhile museums and art galleries and, if you have money to spend, there are a number of swanky and unusual shops to spend money in. As always in Belgium eating out is always an option and the Knokke-Heist area has plenty of good eating establishments.
If you are planning to pass through Knokke and Knokke-Heist on a trip of Belgium, then my advice would be to allow for a couple of days only. This will allow you to enjoy the beach on one day and a couple of museums on the other. Don’t forget to visit the casino and either see some entertainment or gamble a few euros away. If you are in the area for longer, try to have a guided tour of the casino in order to see its hidden treasures and take a boat trip to see some seals.
Lets explore the best things to do in Knokke:
1. Visit the For Freedom Museum
This fascinating museum in the Knokke-Heist area shows how tough life was during the Second World War in an accurate and realistic way.
The museum is often included on battlefield tours in the area and many people would say that it is a tour highlight.
The various dioramas, exhibits and artefacts show life in this region between 1940 and 1945. The museum is open daily in the summer and at weekends during November and December.
Entry costs 8 Euros for an adult.