Gorgeous Bruges is a tourist's dream. This is Belgium's most perfectly preserved medieval town , and its jaw-dropping, beautiful architecture attracts more than two million visitors every year. If you're short of time on your Belgium travels, Bruges should be your number one stop. With its wealth of interesting old buildings and its canals, Bruges still retains a distinct medieval air.
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This Bruges Tourist Map includes all of Bruges top attractions like scenic places, churches, museums and more! Also, this Bruges map shows you were to find the best chocolate shops, pubs and restaurants. Use this interactive map of Bruges as your walking guide to help you discover this incredible city! Bruges is a famously beautiful city. Sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North. Bruges, like Venice, is lined with tiny canals and littered with rustic stone bridges.
Bruges gained importance in Europe during the 12th Century. It was a port city and an mercantile district at the time. Many people visit Bruges because it is so easy to get to!
I know I did. The best way to get to Bruges is by train. Since taking the train to Bruges is so convenient, it makes the perfect day trip destination. We took a day trip to Bruges from Brussels. Consider spending a night or two here. I highly recommend exploring Bruges on foot. It only takes 20 minutes to walk from the Bruges train station to the central square.
Although, there is also a bus that goes between the station and city center every 5 minutes. This shuttle service was free when we visited, but we decided to walk. This tourist map of Bruges includes all of the best places to visit in Bruges. Click each pin to find a complete description. Find the complete instructions for using the map here.
Budget: The top-pick for budget travelers is Hotel Academie. This charming spot is right by the famous Lake of Love. See more photos of Hotel Academie in Bruges. Book your room at the Crowne Plaza.
Check prices at Hotel Van Cleef today. Bruges has no shortage of scenic locations, impressive museums and historic churches. The must-have experiences include canal cruising, beer tasting and climbing the Belfry tower.
Check out this top-rated Best of Bruges tour. The Market Squares sits at the heart of Bruges. The most prominent feature of the Market Square is the dramatic Belfry Tower more on this soon.
Many Bruges walking tours start here. The Market Square is one of the top sights in Bruges. In the early days, the markets of Bruges were used mainly for commercial textiles and wool. If you are lucky enough to visit on a Wednesday, you can catch the local fresh foods market that happens here today. Vendors sell fresh produce, flowers, meats and cheeses. Climbing the Belfry Tower is one of the top things to do in Bruges. Because the Belfry Tower is one of the most popular places to go in Bruges, you can expect long lines to purchase tickets.
We went around 4 PM and waited in line for over an hour. If you want to avoid a long queues, I strongly encourage you to arrive just before opening at AM. Discover the hidden gems of Bruges on this private tour.
The Belfry of Bruges was originally built as a wooden tower atop a stone building in the 13th Century. Originally, it had administrative functions and served as treasury and municipal archives. Unfortunately, the original wood tower burned down only a few decades after it was built. After the first fire, the Belfry was absolved of its political duties.
In the years that followed, the Belfry would be destroyed and rebuilt several times over. Quay of the Rosary, or Rozenhoedkaai , is arguably one of the most beautiful places in Bruges and certainly one of the most photographed. This street hugs the nearby canals and provides enchanting views of stone castles and classic facades. Book a chocolate workshop in Bruges. There are many cute canal bars and restaurants here.
Beguinage, or Begijnhof, refers to an enclosed community for women, especially devout women. In the 12th and 13th Centuries, these communities of women started to become more popular as more and more women became widows from the Crusades. As you might imagine, the Middle Ages were not a safe place for single women. The Begijnhof was a safe, isolated micro community where women could life freely and invest their inheritance.
The Beguinage in Bruges was founded in As you will see, the walls of the original community still remain intact. There is a small fee to enter the Beguinage Museum.
Today, this space serves as a convent for Benedictine nuns. Also, it houses underprivileged women who were born in Bruges.
Another one of the incredible places to go in Bruges is Minnewater Park. How romantic, right? Minnewater is associated with love because of an old legend. The story goes that a young girl named Minna fell in love with a warrior of a neighboring tribe. Of course, her parents refused to accept this union and arranged her to marry someone else.
The girl ran away and eventually died of exhaustion at this place. It was named Minnewater in her honor. We kissed there! How could we not? One of the important places to visit in Bruges in Jan van Eyck square. Jan van Eyck was a famous painter from the early 15th Century. His paintings became important examples of early Renaissance art in the Netherlands. Some have even called him one of the founders of the early Renaissance style.
His method of oil painting was revolutionary at its time. Jan van Eyck lived in Bruges for a significant portion of his adult life.
The square is lined by charming facades of historic homes. The homes peek out from the canal that was once an important shipping port. Learn more about the history of this beautiful city. The Sint-Janshuis Mill takes your Bruges sightseeing outside of the busy city and into the charming countryside. Windmills have been an important part of Bruges since the 13th Century!
The Sint-Janshuis Mill is one of the only surviving mills in Bruges. It is open to visitors and remains operational. The Sint-Janshuis Mill was originally built in ! It was named after the St. Despite the fact that it was restored a few times, it is still incredible that the Sint-Janshuis Mill continues to grinds grain to this day.
Book your bike ride through the Belgian countryside and see this mill. Unfortunately, like the museums, this place is closed to visitors on Mondays. However, you can still walk by and appreciate it at a distance. The Bonifacius Bridge is one of the most romantic and enchanting sites to see in Bruges.
It looks like something out of a fairy tale! The Brangwyn Museum currently occupies the Arents Manor, and displays an important collection of works by Frank Brangwyn. Brangwyn was British, but he donated a huge portion of his works to the town of Bruges. The church and its tower took over years to complete. Many people from all over the world travel here to view this work of art. It is the only sculpture of Michelangelo to have left Italy during his lifetime.
Also, there are some exceptional paintings and exquisite woodcarvings. The Basilica of the Holy Blood is made from two parts: a lower Romanesque chapel and an upper neo-Gothic chapel. The Romanesque chapel is plain with very little decorations while the upper levels are elaborate, richly detailed and expressively colorful.
The two levels are joined by a brick staircase from the s, built in the Renaissance style. The cathedral of Bruges should be on every Bruges walking tour.
Bruges Travel Guide
Bruges is preparing itself for a gradual and progressive reduction of the Covid measures. The city is closely following the directives of the National Security Council so as to ensure that people can move about safely in the city. Tourist visits are still not possible at the present time. For the latest updates and guidelines we would like to refer you to this overview. We do hope however to welcome you soon in our city. Also Bruges and the people of Bruges have been brought to a standstill.
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This Bruges Tourist Map includes all of Bruges top attractions like scenic places, churches, museums and more! Also, this Bruges map shows you were to find the best chocolate shops, pubs and restaurants. Use this interactive map of Bruges as your walking guide to help you discover this incredible city! Bruges is a famously beautiful city.
Bruges travel guide
Please refresh the page and retry. L ittle Bruges, the perfect pocket-sized medieval city, was a Sleeping Beauty. Laced with canals, it was one of the great North European trading ports in late medieval times. The magnificently detailed paintings of its artists, such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling, record its wealth in clothing, jewellery and ornament. Then it fell rapidly into decline and slept until rediscovered and restored to glory in the 19th century. Today its new riches are in tourism, carefully managed and constantly refreshed by year-round cultural events, so that it retains the dynamism of a living city. The best way to appreciate all this is to stay a few days, luxuriating in the dreamily romantic boutique hotels, and visiting the rewarding museums and churches at your leisure.