Oudenaarde and surroundings

Oudenaarde, Town of the Scheldt, also called "Le Petit Bruges", is a historical town, located on the banks of the Scheldt and beautifully surrounded by the hills of the Flemish Ardennes. Louis XIV found love and passion here, the famous painter Adriaan Brouwer grew up here among the tapestry weavers. The town encompasses over 100 buildings, classified as cultural heritage.



We are volunteers at the local Fair Trade store and gladly recommend a visit to the store located nearby: Kattestraat 9.

Cycling

Oudenaarde is a true cycling town. One can explore the hills of the Flemish Ardennes as well as exploring flat and smooth bicycle routes trough the Scheldt valley.
Take your pick from the countless signposted bicycle routes, or visit the famous CENTRUM Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Centre for the Tour of Flanders bicycle contest), with the famous former cyclist Freddy Maertens as manager.

Important cycling events in the vicinity include:

  • Tour of Flanders with the Market Place of Oudenaarde as venue for the finish line
  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
  • Koppenbergcross
  • Retro Ronde

Hiking

A wide range of signposted walking and hiking trails lead you through the beautiful surrounding nature. Or why not go for a city tour, maybe with a personal guide.

Beer

Several breweries are still producing delicious beer in Oudenaarde:

  • Liefmans
  • Roman
  • Cnudde


According to a legend from the 16th century, when Louis XIV was visiting Oudenaarde, the town watchman Hanske De Krijger drank too much of Oudenaarde's beer, and thus overlooked announcing the arrival of Louis XIV.
As a punishment for this oversight, the escutcheon of Oudenaarde had to include a pair of glasses. However, it is now known that this symbol on the shield were not glasses but the gothic letter A of Audenaerde, the name of the town in the old spelling.

Arts and Culture

We recommend the following, all located on walking distance:

  • The MOU museum
  • Town hall
  • Saint Walpurga Church, patron saint of Oudenaarde
  • Beguinage
  • House De Lalaing

Culinary

The holiday home is 500 m away from the market place of Oudenaarde where you can find many restaurants, café's, bistro's and pizzeria's.
Baker, butcher and supermarkets are all located in the vicinity.

Nature

Oudenaarde is in the middle of the Flemish Ardennes with its sloping landscape.
The river Scheldt flows quietly through the town.
The holiday home is located next to the beautiful town park LIEDTS.

Active

Near the Donk lake you can participate in several activities.

Famous inhabitants of Oudenaarde

  • brothers Gevaert, founders of textile factory GEVACO
  • Charles V
  • Margaret, Duchess of Parma (bastard daughter of Charles V)
  • Jotie t'Hooft (poet)
  • Adriaan Brouwer (painter)
  • Hanske de Krijger (town watchman)

Events in Oudenaarde

  • Tour of Flanders cycling contest with arrival on the Market Square of Oudenaarde
  • Beer fest
  • Horse day
  • Flower market
  • Farmers' market on Saturdays
  • Weekly market on Thursdays