Kortrijk combines the allure of a big city with small-town cosiness. It’s rare to hear this city mentioned without a reference to the Leie river. In previous times, this river was of vital importance to the city’s flax industry. These days it mainly adds picturesque appeal. The riverbanks are a lovely place to spend time in the shadow of the Broel Towers. Use them as a starting point to explore the downtown area, a vibrant mix of ancient heritage, modern architecture and boundless creativity. Learn about the city’s history through its Beguinage and Belfry, Kortrijk 1302 multimedia museum and textile museum Texture. Follow up with a wander back into its lively city centre.