Oudenaarde is a city in East Flanders. Oudenaarde is located about 30 kilometers south of Ghent, the capital of the province. The town has a little over 30,000 inhabitants and serves thanks to its geographical location in the center of the Flemish Ardennes as a convenient hub for cycling tourists. Besides the town of Oudenaarde proper the commune also includes the villages of Bevere, Edelare, Eine, Ename, Heurne, Leupegem, Mater, Melden, Mullem, Nederename, Volkegem en Welden.
In the past Oudenaarde was known for its tapestries. The industry flourished in the 16th century and remained very important until the 18th century.
- Tourist office, Markt (City hall), ☎ +325 531 72 51, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mo-Fri: 9:30-17:30. Saturdays between 1 March and 30 September: 9:30-17:30. Saturdays between 1 October and the end of February: 14:00-17:00. Closed on Sundays.
- The Flamboyant Gothic-style Town Hall and its Belfry were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, together with 31 other belfries across Flanders & Walloonia and later expanded to 56 buildings & belfies as Belfries of Belgium and France (). The city hall houses a unique collection of Oudenaarde tapestries.
- The Church of Our Lady of Pamele, begun in 1234 on the banks of the Scheldt, and the Church of St Walburga near the market square, are both worth a visit.
- Oudenaarde is also home to the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen, a museum dedicated to the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) cycle race.
- Smisje Brewery, before located in Bruges, the smallest craft brewery in Belgium.