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Welcome to the
Provincial Visitor Centre De Nachtegaal 

The Provincial Visitor Centre De Nachtegaal is located between the forest Calmeyn and the dunes Oosthoek. The centre is the ideal starting point for walks and cycling tours

In the permanent exhibition you can meet living and not living nature elements of the sea, beach and dunes. Search ecological relations, dynamic and evolutions in nature. You get in touch with the interesting way of life of organisms in various biotops.

In the nature garden you will discover the different dune biotopes with their typical flora. You walk along foredunes covered with Marram grass, a giant parabolic dune, through scrub vegetation,... On the pontoons at the large dune dip you can relax and enjoy nature. 

After hiking, you can have a drink in our cafetaria or at our nice terrace. We offer local beers and fair trade products.

Opening times

Tuesday to sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Weekends and holidays (from 25/02 to 5/11/2017): 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

July, August and September: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Closed on monday, except during school holidays and on public holidays

Groups are welcome on request every day

Due to renovations, the centre will probably be closed from 1/12/2017 to 1/07/2018 

How to get to De Nachtegaal 

  • public transport

The nearest trainstation is De Panne - having frequent tramservices to our centre

There is a tramstation Sint-Pieterskerk at a five minutes' walk from there

Motorway E40 exit Adinkerke direction of De Panne - at the first traffic lights along the bush, turn right

From the coastal road coming from Oostende - at the roundabout at the Esplanade Leopold I follow Adinkerke - at the first traffic lights along the bush, turn left













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