The Bruges woodland and wetland was until the beginning of the previous century very inhospitable. It held dark woods crisscrossed by bogs through which gangs of thugs roamed, while feudal lords kept small farmers under their thumb.Torhout, the oldest town in the county of Flanders, located at the crossroads of ancient Roman military roads, was a real relief for travelling merchants. A safe, bustling and hospitable town.


In the meanwhile, the Bruges woodland and wetland has lost that ugly ambiance but none of its hospitability. On the contrary, one can cosily chat on an inn’s terrace in the center of Torhout, sip on the blond head of a Torhoutenaere or dip some creamy Wynendale cheese in hellish Wostyn mustard. Torhout’s hospitality seduces the tongue, or rather, sets your palate aflame


When you speak of Torhout, you also speak of Wijnendale. A visit to Wijnendale castle, the pearl of Flander’s royal heritage, is a must. Also the Torhout Pottery Museum (Museum Torhouts Aardewerk) and the Mustard Museum (Mosterdmuseum) are worth the visit.




Moreover, our town is ideally placed for discovering the Brugse Ommeland by foot, bicycle, train, or car. You can walk through the Groenhove woods, cycle along safe, green bike paths all the way to Bruges and further still to the coast or to the World War I front lines. All of this makes for a range of experiences within a small area.

For you this means that Torhout offers an escape from the clamour of daily life. For Torhout this is the fulfillment of a mission lasting 2000 years.




  • stadhuis
  • Kasteel Wijnendale
  • mosterdpot
  • Kinderboerderij
  • Kasteel Ravenhof
  • Luchtfoto kasteel Wijnendale

Tourism Torhout
Markt 1
8820 Torhout
Tel.: 050 22 07 70
Fax: 050 22 15 04
E-mail: vrijetijdshuis@torhout.be 

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