Just a few kilometres outside of Bruges on the way to the coast at Zeebrugge is the charming village of Lisseweg. It is sometimes referred to as the 'white village' because each little house is whitewashed. If you visit in springtime you will see them beautifully draped in mauve wisteria. Dominating the village is the church tower - open to visitors to climb up some days. It is 166 feet high affording a superb view. There are several good restaurants and pubs here along the canal banks and lovely views of the Polder landscape. Every year at the end of August, there is a unique festival of lights in Lissewege.
Just outside the village there is the 'Ter Doest' Abbey :which was a former Cistercian abbey (12th century). A massive 13th-century gothic barn, part of the older farm with pigeon-house (1651) and an impressive gate still exist.
There is a Historical museum with many unique pictures, maps, scale models and archeological finds, illustrating the history of more than 1000 years of the "White village" of Lissewege and the former Cistercian abbey of Ter Doest .
Lissewege can be reached by bus nr. 791 Bruges-Zeebrugge (departure : railway station Bruges). Every hour there is also a train to Zeebrugge, which stops at Lissewege.
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