The Venice of The North
The Unesco World Heritage City retains the mysteries of the Middle Ages while enthusiastically transformed into a metropolis. A fairy-tale medieval town, Bruges one of Europe’s best-preserved cities. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historical churches and lane after lane of old whitewashed almshouses. Sometimes this city is referred to as one of Europe’s ‘Venice of the North’, take a guided walk or a bike ride, a boat trip on the mysterious canals or a romantic drive in horse-drawn carriage. There’s something for everyone!
Lace Centre & Museum
The lace museum shows a number of unique pieces of lace from Bruges collections. Displays include the basic techniques and movements, types of lace and their geographical origins. Visitors can watch bobbin lace making demonstrations.
The Gruuthuse Museum
‘Gruuthusemuseum’ is a mansion that once belonged to the Gruuthuse family, one of the richest in Bruges. The Gruuthuse’s held quite a monopoly over the beer brewing market, and the house still holds many of their treasures from as far back as the 13th century. Audio tours in several languages are available for free at the front desk.
The Belfry of Bruges – known as the Belfort – was built in 1220 and reconstructed after fires many times since. The 366-step climb is worth the effort to gaze at a 360-degree view from above the very centre of Bruges. Standing 83 metres high, on a clear day, you can see all the way to the North Sea.
4 windmills stand along the park and river that encircles the city. They function as grain mills and their museums can be visited. Saint John’s House Mill is on a hill that offers a beautiful panorama of the city. Why not purchase a day pass to visit them?
The Dark Side of Bruges – Discover the fascinating history, myths and legends of Bruges on an evening walking tour with an expert local guide. Get off the beaten track and discover a side of Bruges most tourists never get to see.
Take a Cruise
A cruise on the Scheldt allows you to enjoy the atmosphere of the port in a comfortable way. From the boat you can see the ships, quays, cranes and terminals glide by. From the water in the docks or the Scheldt you can see the port as you have never seen it before.
Stroll The Canals
The cobbled lanes, canal bridges and squares provide fairytale-like scenery. Wander the beautiful old streets, admire medieval mansions, art galleries, and tempting chocolate shops. After a long day of adventure, dine on local delicacies such as waterzooi stew and moules-frîtes (mussels and fries).
Have a beer
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