- This article relates to the Belgian coastal town of Blankenberge. For German towns with the near-homophonous names, see Blankenberg or Blankenburg
Blankenberge ([ˈblɑŋkə(m)bɛrɣə]; West Flemish: Blanknberge) is a town and a municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the town of Blankenberge proper and the settlement of Uitkerke.
Blankenberge beach on a hot summer day
|• Mayor||Ivan De Clerck (Open VLD)|
|• Governing party/ies||Open VLD, sp.a, N-VA|
|• Total||17.41 km2 (6.72 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
On 1 December 2014, Blankenberge had a total population of 19,897. The total area of the municipality is 17.41 km², giving a population density of 1,142 inhabitants per km².
Like most other Flemish coastal towns, a main characteristic of this one is that it is a national and to a certain extent international seaside resort, as even Germans have found their way to the place.
- Wing Commander Roy George Claringbould Arnold MiD RAF 29198 is buried in the CWG Cemetery Row A Grave 18. On 9 June 1941 Arnold saved the lives of his five-man Wellington crew from IX Squadron (including Flt Lt Dominic Bruce OBE MC AFM KSG MA the 'Medium Sized Man' of Colditz fame) by calmly staying at the controls of the burning plane to hold it steady while they baled out, in the certain knowledge that he would die doing so.
- Pieter Aspe, Belgian writer.
- Adolf Eugen Fick, physician and physiologist, died in Blankenberge in 1901.
- Frans Masereel, Flemish painter and woodcutter born here in 1889.
- Leo Van Paemel, artist born (and later buried) in Blankenberge.
- Rudi Pillen, Belgian contemporary painter.
- Brian Vandenbussche, Belgian goalkeeper.
- Anna Kéthly, Leader of the Social Democratic Party of Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the second female MP of the National Assembly (Hungary)
Blankenberge has schools from both school networks in Belgium. The two secondary schools are:
- Sint-Jozef – Sint-Pieter Blankenberge (formerly known as Sint-Pieterscollege – Sint-Jozefshandelsschool, subsidized free school)
- Maerlant-Middenschool • Maerlant Atheneum (GO! Onderwijs van de Vlaamse gemeenschap)
Both schools have numeral different elementary schools organized by the same instances.
Before the First World War, Blankenberge was an exclusive holiday resort frequently attended by Royalty. HIRH Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife HH Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg as well as his sister HIRH Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria and her husband HSH Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein and his niece HIRH Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria were regular holiday makers in Blankenberge. The Archduke enjoyed his walks to Wenduine and daily attended service at the St Rochus church. The Archduke and his wife were planning to travel again to Blankenberge after their last official engagement before the summer holiday at Sarajevo in 1914 where they were killed. After the First World War the Blankenberge police station was bombed by an unknown perpetrator. The blast killed 2 officers and wounded 2 others. After the Second World War it became a popular holiday destination.
The tenor Enrico Caruso attended Blankenberge for a performance in 1910.
After world war II it was a regular holiday destination. Notable musical institutions were the "Eden" were popular Flemish artists performed on the board walk. The city hosted "Spécial les vacancies" in 1979 under the mayorship of Willem Content. International artist such as Joe Dassin, Boney M, Plastic Bertrand and Dalida attended this event. Later the Flemisch Private TV broadcaster VTM organised "Tien Om the Zien" with musical performances of Flemish artists. Today the Flemish public radio organises yearly the "Radio 2 Zomerhit".
Seaside pier (Belgium Pier)
Since 1994, in August a couple of students from Minamiboso visit Blankenberge and live with families over here. Afterworth students from Blankenberge go and visit Minamiboso for eight days. This is organised by vzw 'Tweedaagse Voettocht van Blankenberge'.
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