Now the website shows the shortest distance of the hotel from Bruges City center, what it does not show is how to reach there. Without renting a car, which was never on our “budget” plan, the only way to reach this place from Bruges is this (follow the yellow lines on the map above):
As we reached Oostende we tried to appreciate the beautiful port but couldn’t take many pictures there because we didn’t know where to buy the tram tickets. The people here were not very conversant in English, so we struggled a bit but finally boarded the tram. Another mishap – this time, not our fault. The tram just skipped our stop because there was no one waiting at the station!😮 Till this time we were all upbeat like – “Wow European punctuality, European discipline, what public transport, how organized, Europe’s so Awesome”- but now in our mind, things changed to: “these things don’t even happen in Calcutta, WTH”! Anyway, the polite Indian tourists that we are, we quietly got down at the next station, crossed the road, waited for another tram (which luckily came in five minutes), paid the extra 6 euros and reached our destination.
|The first look of De Haan as we walked towards our hotel|
|In the beautiful premises of IBIS De Haan|
|Panoramic view from Spioenkof|
|The beach of De Haan|
|The Dunes and the sea|
|Random clicks @Dune woodland of De Haan|
|Light-rich forest of Coniferous trees|
|Saw a lot of birds but didn’t want to use flash to click them|
|See that happy toddler over there? It’s a great place to introduce kids to hiking|
|Isn’t it dreamy?|
|Was stunned by the beautiful architecture of houses in the quaint neighborhood|
– Town Hall of De Haan
Once done with all that take a train to the Belgian capital and get back to your backpacking schedule. Read Saniya’s guide for the itinerary of Brussels. Did you like our off-beat travel story? Do you have any such funny travel story that you want to share? Share your thoughts in comments or mail us at [email protected] We will be glad to read and reply.
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The beach and the woodland areas look beautiful! I would love to visit here one day, thankyou for sharing!
Thank you for sharing! I would love to visit Belgium again soon!:)
waow it's so epic. an escape point from city ha? I will keep in mind when I visit Belgium again. Thanks for sharing
It looks exactly like the place where you can relax for a day, take it slow, enjoy some walks and some time with you family. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Love it when simple mix ups end up making the trip even better than was originally planned! De Haan seems like a very pretty and historical place to visit! I hadn't heard of it before but would definitely love to check it out the next time I'm in Belgium!
Glad that you love De Haan. The path looks so relaxing and it is lovely to walk just admire the place, looks quiet too. Hopefully to visit Belgium soon.
I have visited Belgium several times in my life and I have never heard of De Hann before bumping into your informative post. I will never stop learning and this is the most beautiful thing!
If only all mistakes were that pretty! It seems you have discovered an amazing place Sinjana! I can picture myself taking long walks on that beautiful beach. Thank you so much for sharing. We are definitely adding De Haan to our bucket list.
De Haan looks amazing! Thanks for this guide to such a lovely place. The Dune woodland area looks especially awesome.
I love it when travel plans go wrong but the wrong turns out to be so right! I haven’t heard of De Hann but it looks like a lovely place and it’s lovely to get off the tourist trail.
We would never have thought that Belgium had such a lovely beach! Thanks for pointing that out to us
I would love to see all these attractions in this amazing country. I've lived in Belgium but I've never been here. Beautiful spots
I have traveled to Belgium but not been to De Haan. While gazing at your pics I can imaging this is a fabulous destination to visit.
ah you've gotta love a good accomodation "mishap"! i had a similar experience in Switzerland but it always works out for the best. great post thanks for sharing!
I see De Haan turned out to be a little adventure for you! It looks like a very nice town indeed, very tranquil and peaceful
Villa Savoyarde, what an interesting story! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I'm sure Belgium is now in my travel bucket. I would love to visit this place.
I had not heard about De Haan but looking at your pictures it does look like an amazing place to visit.
I've never heard of De Haan but I'm intrigued, it sounds fantastic. Looks like it was a very worthy mistake.
Belgium is a beautiful country but you have explored some offbeat paths there which is again more beautiful thing to do. I love offbeat paths and therefore Dehaan interests me a lot. I loved that dunes and sea photo, what a contrast of nature with different shades of brown and blue.
This all looks absolutely wonderful. Your post makes me feel like I’m there!
Every new hidden gem I discover on the internet is welcome! Thanks for sharing this one with us. De Haan looks amazing!
Looks pretty of beaten. At least for me, I have friends in Belgium, and they never mentioned it. We only went to the places in Brussels and around.
Unplanned trips are always fun and exciting especially if you are way off the tourist tracks. Love the quaint little village and the coast.
Sometimes the unexpected turns out to be the best when traveling. Unplanned can be so much more fun!
Yes, this is definitely off the beaten tracks! Being based in Northern Germany, this all looks so familiar to me 😉
Sometimes when plans go wrong they actually go right. There are no expectations and you find yourself having a sweet surprise. De Haan sounds like one of those experiences for you. Great times.
I love it when life takes you by surprise and make you discover places that weren't even on your list! DeHaan beach and woodland look lovely!
Lovely pics and beautiful scenery, esp the beach and dunes! This is the way to make the best of a goof up!
I visited Belgium a few years ago, but I would love to go back and explore De Haan. It looks so beautiful, loved your photos. Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic place.
The countryside and the beach here looks great – a very different option to consider for when we next visit Belgium. I hadn't even heard of De Haan. It sounds like a very tranquil place to explore nature.
I love your writing style. Haven’t visited De-Haan yet but from what you’ve written so far, sounds a lot of fun!
This is a very detailed post with so many things to do even for budget travelers. Visiting the dune woodland national park seems like an incredible ways to enjoy the wildlife in De Haan and then later hit the beach of De Haan to relax and enjoy the cool breeze.
I have friends, and relatives leaving in Belgium. I have never heard of Dehaan with their stories. I might be sharing this article to them, i'm sure they are familiar about this.
Great post by the way!
Never heard of De Haan and I'm from the Netherlands! Love hiddem gems like this and definitely want to explore more of Belgium
I have never been here bit it looks like a great place to visit, i love the way you write its very detailed post! and very nice pictures by the way! hope i can visit this place one day!
You and your husband are the perfect travelers – you take a mishap and make the best of it! While DeHaan may not have been one of your original destinations, I love that you went ahead with it and didn’t make a fuss with Ibis in Bruges. I love your tenacity at walking to the hotel even after taking the wrong tram. And I find it admirable that you took the time to explore, rather than just write the day off and take a nap! The beach is pretty, the neighborhood feels like an old town should, and you got to see a beautiful train station. All positives for DeHaan and you!