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  • 1 Belfort et Hallen (Belfry and Covered Market) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Markt 7 B - 8000 Brugge

    These two buildings form a lovely arrangement of polished brickwork. The belfry is the largest in Belgium and a symbol of the city of Bruges. It can be seen from miles around next to the other steeples in the city. Its massive tower dates back to the..

  • 2 Groeningemuseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Djiver 12 B - 8000 Brugge

    Groeningemuseum houses a wonderful collection of paintings from the 15C to the present day. Its collection of early Flemish painting alone warrants a visit. These masterpieces symbolise the genius of Bruges. On show here are some of the most famous p..

  • 3 Memling museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Mariastraat 38 B - 8000 Brugge

    This museum occupies the former St John's Hospital, which was built in the 12C. The superbly restored interior displays works of art and objects illustrating a variety of subjects, including the building's history of hospitals. In the old chapel are ..

  • 4 Boottocht (boat trip) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rozenhoedkaai B - 8000 Brugge

    This very pleasant boat trip is a great way to see Bruges from another angle; its charm, quietness and romanticism. It is an ideal complement to a tour of the city on foot. At the end of the Spiegelrei (Mirror Embankment), you will see the statue of ..

  • 5 Markt Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Markt B - 8000 Brugge

    Centre of activity in Bruges, Markt is lined with former corporation buildings decorated with long gables, and the covered market, dominated by a high belfry. To the east of the square, you will see two lovely neo-Gothic buildings. The first is the p..

  • 6 Burg (Burg Square) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Burg B - 8000 Brugge

    This square is in the heart of Bruges. Four major monuments surround it - the basilica of the Holy Blood, the Gothic Town Hall, the Renaissance Clerk's Office and the former Law Courts. Burg is named after the castle built in the same place by Baudoi..

  • 7 Begijnhof Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Wijngaardstraat B - 8000 Brugge

    A peaceful haven not far from a canal and reached via a lovely classical door, the "Beguine convent of the vine" was founded in 1245 by Marguerite of Constantinople, countess of Flanders. This place of prayer is arranged around a large rect..

  • 8 Onthaalkerk Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    O.-L.-Vrouwekerkhof 10 B - 8000 Brugge

    This Gothic church mainly dates back to the 13C. Its brick steeple can be seen from miles around (the construction is 122m high). The interior contains several masterpieces, including a Madonna and Child white marble statue by Michelangelo. The choir..

  • 9 Basilique du Saint-Sang Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Burg 10 B - 8000 Brugge

    According to legend, the Basilica of the Holy Blood was built to house the relic of the Blood of Christ brought from the Holy Land during the second crusade. The lower chapel, or St Basil's chapel, is a Romanesque construction from the 12C. Initially..

  • 10 Gruuthuse Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Djiver 17 B - 8000 Brugge

    This 15C Gothic brick palace originally was a building where the "grute" levy was raised, a mixture of dried flowers and plants used for brewing beer. It now houses a museum of decorative arts. Here you will find ancient objects, furniture,..

  • 11 Musée Arentshuis Interesting

    Museums and art

    Djiver 16 B - 8000 Brugge

    This private mansion dates back to the late 18C. It includes a number of olf views of Bruges (17-19C) and a large collection of lace. Upstairs, you can see works by the English painter and engraver Frank Brangwyn (19-20C).

  • 12 Musée du Folklore Interesting

    Museums and art

    Balstraat 43 B - 8000 Brugge

    The entrance to this lovely museum devoted to local popular traditions is indicated by a typical sign, that of a tavern: Zwarte Kat (The Black Cat). Here, you will discover objects, reconstructions of interiors (including a 1920 school room), shops a..

  • 13 Parc Baudoin

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Koning Albert 1er laan B - 8200 Sint-Michiels

    This park has many attractions, including two magnificent barrel-organs called De Senior (1880) and De Condor in the restaurant dining room. A vast building houses Edgar Heirman's huge Heirmanklok astronomy clock. It is finely decorated and adorned w..

  • 14 Tillegembos

    Nature and gardens

    Koning Albert 1er laan B - 8200 Sint-Michiels

    Tillegem Wood (44 ha) is dotted with signposted paths. Near its pond are a typical inn and old animal-powered oil crusher (rosmolen).

  • 15 Seafront

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Vismijnstraat 7 B - 8380 Zeebrugge

    Here, visitors may venture aboard the Westhinder, boat-lighthouse or Soviet submarine Foxtrot. In the Oceanographical Institute, strip cartoon heroes will take you on a tour of the world's seas and oceans. Note numerous ship models, fish skeletons or..

  • 16 Stadhuis (Town Hall)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Burg 11 B - 8000 Brugge

    This building was erected in the late 14C in the flamboyant Gothic style, and restored in the 19C. The façade has three towers and very detailed decoration. On the first floor, the Gothic room is covered with a vault of panelled diagonal ribs wth som..

  • 17 Musée du Franc de Bruges Brugse Vrije

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 8000 Brugge

    The museum is housed in the Old Civic Registry (Oude Griffie) of Justice of the Peace. The lovely Renaissance façade of this building will please art fans with its harmonious lines, three pretty scrolled gables and appealing palette of colours. In th..

  • 18 Paleis van het Brugse Vrije

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 8000 Brugge

    In the Middle Ages, the city and its region were managed by the Bruges Vrije, a sort of local council, and this was its Palace, rebuilt in the 18C in the neo-Classical style on the site of a former palace (1520), which was itself built in the place o..

  • 19 Groene Rei (Green Bank)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Groen-Rei B - 8000 Brugge

    Groene Rei is a tree-lined bank (as its name suggests). At no. 8 stands the so-called House of the Pelican (De Pelikaan), which dates back to 1714. The building has high dormer windows and bears the emblem of the pelican, and was once an almshouse. F..

  • 20 Huidenvettersplein (Tanners' Square)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Huidenvettersplein B - 8000 Brugge

    On this square not far from the canal, you will see a column supporting two lions and the emblem of the tanners. The people of Bruges named this charming spot the "little fish market".

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