This article relates to the Belgian coastal town of Blankenberge. For German towns with the near-homophonous names, see Blankenberg or Blankenburg

Blankenberge beach on a hot summer day


Coat of arms

Location in Belgium

Coordinates: 51°18′N 03°07′E / 51.300°N 3.117°E / 51.300; 3.117Coordinates: 51°18′N 03°07′E / 51.300°N 3.117°E / 51.300; 3.117
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Bruges
  Mayor Patrick De Klerck (Open VLD)
  Governing party/ies Open VLD, sp.a, N-VA
  Total 17.41 km2 (6.72 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
  Total 20,013
  Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Postal codes 8370
Area codes 050

Blankenberge ([ˈblɑŋkəmbɛrɣə]) (West Flemish: Blanknberge) is a town and a municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the town of Blankenberge proper and the settlement of Uitkerke.

On 1 December 2014, Blankenberge had a total population of 19,897. The total area of the municipality is 17.41 km², giving a population density of 1,142 inhabitants per km².

Like most other Flemish coastal towns, a main characteristic of this one is that it is a national and to a certain extent international seaside resort.

Apart from the sandy beach, there's a structure unique along the Belgian coast: a 350-m long pier, constructed in 1933.

Famous events

Famous inhabitants


Blankenberge has schools from both school networks in Belgium. The two secondary schools are:

Both schools have numeral different elementary schools organized by the same instances.


Blankenberge railway station was opened in 1863. Trains operated by NMBS run towards Brussels, and the Kusttram run by De Lijn runs along the Belgian coast of the North Sea.


Twin towns

Blankenberge is twinned with:[6]

Every year a couple of students from Japan visit Blankenberge and live with families over here. Afterworth students from Blankenberge go and visit Chikura for eight days.[7] This is organised by vzw 'Tweedaagse Voettocht van Blankenberge'.


  1. Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. "Two-Day Walk successful in spite of bad weather". International Two Day Walk.
  3. Youngs, Kelvin. "Aircrew Remembered Aviation Personal Histories and Databases".
  4. Manchester, Reading Room. "Casualty Details".
  5. "". Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  6. "Embassy of Japan in Belgium - Japan-Belgium Relations". Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  7. fonzarelli (2010-08-14). "Blankenberge-Online-Persberichten". Retrieved 2012-08-03.

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