Damme is a postcard-perfect village in the northern corner of West Flanders. Damme is located about 3 miles (5 km) north-east of Sasplein in Bruges, on the cross-country Damme Canal (French: Canal de Damme; Dutch: Damse Vaart or Napoleonvaart).
Damme (pronounced DUHM-muh) is a popular side trip for tourists who are visiting Bruges and is a popular venue for eating out, and a destination for boat trips.
Direct bus service from Bruges(Brugge) to Damme via bus line 43 is very limited with one bus leaving the Bruges railway station at mid-day and another returning from Damme in early evening. There is no week-end or holiday service. Consult the De Lijn website to confirm current bus info. It is probably better take the canal boat trip.
There is a tourist boat to Damme from Noorweegse Kaai 31 in Bruges (a few meters east of the intersection with Jules van Praetstraat) that runs between April 1 and September 30. It provides 5 trips daily in each direction. The trip takes 35 minutes each way. One way tickets cost €8, return tickets cost €11.
Noorweegse Kaai is about 5 km from the Grote Markt in central Bruges. If that is too far to walk, then take bus line 4 from Bruges(Brugge) Station via the Grote Markt (bus stop Brugge Markt) and get off at Brugge Sasplein. You then need to walk 10 minutes to the boat dock. If the drawbridge at Sasplein is up to let a boat go through, then get off at Brugge Gistfabriek as the bus may make a long detour rather than wait for the bridge to lower. The stop Brugge Sint-Josef may be closer to the wharf, but you may need a map to find your way. Google Maps show bus stop locations in Bruges(Brugge). Consult De Lijn for bus info.
By car, take the road Damse Vaart-Zuid from Brugge Sasplein to Damme Kerkstraat.
The central area of the village about ½ km long and about ½ km at its widest. Thus, getting around is easy and even recommended by foot.
The buildings along the picturesque Kerkstraat is the main attraction. From the main street in town (Kerkstraat - literally Church Street) you might see sheep grazing in the pasture behind the church.
At the corner of Speystraat and Damse Vaart-Zuid there is an interesting sculpture in a small, narrow park.
- 1 Windmill, Noorweegse Kaai. The Schellemolen windmill is a classic windmill built in 1867 in a very rustic setting
- 2 Town Hall, Markt 1. This Gothic town hall is worth to stop by.
- 3 Uilenspiegelmuseum, Jacob van Maerlantstraat 3, 8340 Damme, ☏ .
Every second Sunday of the month, there is a book market on the Market Square (in winter inside the Town Hall).
- 1 Tante Marie, Kerkstraat 38, ☏ . Daily 10:00—18:00. Little café close to the church serving coffee, a variety of small cakes and food.
- 1 De Smisse, Kerkstraat 6, ☏ . Good place to have an afternoon coffee. You can also get some small dishes here.