The Lost Zwin ports

03/07/21 - 07/11/21
10:00 - 17:00

Exhibition from 3 July to 7 November 2021

The Zwin Nature Park offers a splendid view on the Zwin area as we know it today. Back in the middle ages, you would have been standing in the middle of the Zwin Channel, which connected Bruges to the sea and made Flanders experience its heydays. The Zwin channel silted up and disappeared over time, but this year it has been brought back to life, including the international ports that were built on its banks.

The exhibition area and the viewing centre will take you back in time to the middle ages. This is made possible through innovative technology, such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Based on research done by the University of Ghent, we have created a meticulous virtual 3-D world where, through image and sound, you can experience the evolution of the Zwin channel and its international ports. 

Exhibition with augmented reality scale model

Immersive space

Virtual reality viewers

Would you like to find out more? Have a look at this short video clip below!

Practical information


Entrance ticket to exhibition 'Lost Zwin ports' - access to the Zwin Natur Park included. Advisable to book your tickets in advance. 


A visit to the exhibition takes 30-45 minutes. Afterwards, you can explore the park and the viewers in the viewing centre. Duration of your visit in the park varies from a half to a full day. 

When The exhibition is from 3 July to 7 November 2021
  • €10 online adults (price up the day before)- €12 when booked on the day of your visit. 
    Online advance reservation is advised to guarantee your ticket and time slot!
  • €5 for children aged 6-17 year 
  • free for children -6 year

Ticket reservation advised to guarantee your ticket and time slot.

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Discover the cycle tour

Cycle route

The cycling route is 60lm, starting in the Zwin Nature Park, Sluis, Damme or Bruges. There are indicators along the entire route. 

Internationaal Project

The exhibition and cycling route have grown into an international project between Flanders and the Netherlands. 

With the support of Flanders and the Province of West-Flanders, the promotors University of Ghent and Westtoer work together with the Zwin Nature Park, the partners Bruges, Knokke-Heist, Damme, Sluis, Zeeland province and Flemish Nature and Forestry.

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