Oudenaarde is a city in East Flanders. Oudenaarde is located about 30 kilometers south of Ghent, the capital of the province. The town has a little over 30,000 inhabitants and serves thanks to its geographical location in the center of the Flemish Ardennes as a convenient hub for cycling tourists. Besides the town of Oudenaarde proper the commune also includes the villages of Bevere, Edelare, Eine, Ename, Heurne, Leupegem, Mater, Melden, Mullem, Nederename, Volkegem en Welden.
In the past Oudenaarde was known for its tapestries. The industry flourished in the 16th century and remained very important until the 18th century.
- Tourist office, Markt (City hall), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mo-Fri: 9:30-17:30. Saturdays between 1 March and 30 September: 9:30-17:30. Saturdays between 1 October and the end of February: 14:00-17:00. Closed on Sundays.
The 1 Oudenaarde Railway Station is located quite centrally in the town.
- Direct connections from Brussels and Ghent. Oudenaarde is one hour away from Brussels and 30 minutes from Ghent.
- Oudenaarde is only a train ride of merely 20 minutes away from Kortrijk.
The Flemish national bus company, De Lijn, has lines to Oudenaarde from Ghent, Geraardsbergen, Deinze and other neighbouring towns. For more information regarding different timetables (unfortunately only available in Dutch): https://www.delijn.be.
- 1 Asfra Bike Rental, Bergstraat 75, ☎ . M 13:30-18:30, Tu-Sa: 9:00-12:00 and 13:30-18:30. Rents both recreational as professional bikes.
- 1 Town Hall and Belfry, Markt 1. The flamboyant Gothic-style town hall and its belfry were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, together with 31 other belfries across Flanders & Walloonia and later expanded to 56 buildings & belfies as Belfries of Belgium and France (). The city hall houses a unique collection of Oudenaarde tapestries.
- 2 Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen, Markt 43, ☎ . Museum dedicated to the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) cycle race.
- 3 MOU Museum Oudenaarde, Markt 1, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- 4 Beguinage, Burg. The oldest building in the beguinage dates back to 1500 and was the home of the rector. Currently the houses in the beguinage are flats for pensioners. The beguinage was suggested to be put on the list of UNESCO World Heritage, but eventually ended up not being included in the list.
- 5 PAM Ename (Provincial Archeological Museum), Lijnwaadmarkt 20, Ename, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. €2,50 regular. Free for children under 12.
- 6 Church of Our Lady of Pamele, Pamelekerkplein. The construction of the church began in 1234 on the banks of the Scheldt, and the Church of St Walburga near the market square, are both worth a visit.
- 7 Church of St. Walburga, Markt, ☎ . This church is the largest in Oudenaarde and dominates over the historical part of the town.
- 8 Maagdendale Monastery, Maagdendale. This cistercian abbey dates back to the 12th century and is situated on the current grounds since the 13th century. Currently most of the edifices are used as a city archive and for the municipal art academy.
- 1 Recreational Area "De Donk", Donkstraat. Daily 10:00-21:00. Recreational area around an artificial lake. It is possible to practice lake surfing here.
- 1 Brewery Smisje, Driesleutelstraat 1, ☎ . Before moving to Oudenaarde this little brewery was located in Bruges. Today it is the smallest craft brewery in Belgium.
- 1 Leopold Hotel, De Ham 14, ☎ . Hotel in a new building close to the Scheldt river. There is a large parking site next to it.