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This article is about the town in Belgium. For the town in Germany, see Damme (Dümmer).
Damme
Municipality of Belgium
Damme Town Hall
Damme Town Hall
Flag of Damme
Flag
Coat of arms of Damme
Coat of arms
Damme is located in Belgium
Damme
Damme
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°15′N 03°16′E / 51.250°N 3.267°E / 51.250; 3.267Coordinates: 51°15′N 03°16′E / 51.250°N 3.267°E / 51.250; 3.267
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Bruges
Government
 • Mayor Dirk Bisschop (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V
Area
 • Total 89.52 km2 (34.56 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 10,844
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Postal codes 8340
Area codes 050
Website www.damme.be

Damme (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈd̪ɑmə]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders, six kilometres northeast of Brugge (Bruges). The municipality comprises the city of Damme proper and the villages of Hoeke, Lapscheure, Moerkerke, Oostkerke, Sijsele, Vivenkapelle, and Sint-Rita. On 1 January 2006, the municipality had a population of 10,899. The total area is 89.52 km², giving a population density of 122 inhabitants per km².

Damme church

In the 13th century, Damme was the port for Bruges, to which it was linked by the river Reie. The river has now been canalised into the long, straight, treelined and picturesque Damse Vaart, which continues across the Dutch border to Sluis. The line of the town's star-shaped fortifications can still be traced by lines of tall poplar trees and in places by a moat. It was the site of the Battle of Damme, fought on 30 and 31 May 1213.

Well-known Damme inhabitants include Jacob van Maerlant, a medieval poet and the town clerk of Damme until his death in around 1300, and Karel Verleye, co-founder of the Bruges College of Europe, who died in Damme in 2002.

Location and Tourism[edit]

Today, Damme is a popular side trip for tourists who are visiting Bruges and is a popular venue for eating out, and a destination for boat trips. Damme has more recently become known as a book town, with numerous bookshops and regular book fairs.

The most popular ways of travelling to Damme are by canal boat that runs during the summer high season or all year round by bus or bicycle. The bicycle route is along the canal path taking the same route that the canal boat takes.

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External links[edit]

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