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1. Belfort (Belfry & Carillon)

Belfort (Belfry & Carillon)
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Situated south of Markt, standing at 83m tall, Belfry is the finest bell tower in Bruges.

2. Markt

Markt
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Markt, Bruge's most bustling square is right at the heart of the city. Markt used to be an extremely busy Waterehalle, an underground warehouse where goods were loaded and unloaded by commercial ships for sale in the Market. Today the canals are still there, albeit underground. Ensconced between buildings reverberating historical importance, Markt is the perfect blend of culture, tradition, history and modern lifestyle. Get on board the horse-drawn carriages or buggies, while they whisk you away for a glimpse of the Neo-Gothic Provincial Hof, the Belfry, the brick made Huis Bouchoute, Cronenberg or even for a quick snack at the Frietkot,æfries stand. The cafes here although extremely irresistible from the outside, are quite a pocket pinch on the inside.

3. Basilica of the Holy Blood

Basilica of the Holy Blood

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The Basilica of the Holy Blood is located right next to the City Hall in the Burg Square of Bruges. It is a prominent two-storeyed chapel that holds a lot of significance for Christians all around the world as it is a house to the relic from the time of Christ's crucifixion. The cylindrical vial is believed to hold a piece of cloth from Jesus Christ's last apparel. The piece of fabric is famously known as soaked with the blood of Christ. The basilica itself was built in the 1150s by Thierry of Alsace, Count of Flanders.

4. Burg

Burg
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The Burg is one of the city's most beautiful square. The southern part of this square is fringed with some of the city's finest buildings.

5. Groeninge Museum

Groeninge Museum
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Bruges' most celebrated museum has a rich collection of Flemish Primitive and Renaissance works depicting the wealth of the city.

6. Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk
3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
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Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk translates to the Church of Our Lady, is a 13th-century church, characterised by a very high brick tower. Built over two centuries, the church in itself is great work of captivating architecture. Michelangelo's, renowned Madonna and Child is nestled in the southern aisle within the walls of this church. Showcased within are innumerable paintings and mausoleums of Charles the Bold and his daughter, Mary Burgundy. Note: The Church is closed for renovation and slated to reopen in 2018.

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7. Beguinage

Beguinage
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1 km
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The Begijnhof was once home to the beguines, emancipated lay-women who led a pious and celibate life.

8. De Halve Maan

De Halve Maan

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All beer lovers, get on board! De Halve Maan, a 500 old vintage brewery started in 1854, has transformed itself into a must-visit tourist destination in Bruges. It has opened a unique brewery museum which provides guided tours to visitors regarding the background of this historic brewery. In 2016, new double beer pipeline was installed, over 3.2 kms long, to ban the traffic of trucks for transporting beer. These double pipelines have become quite the thrill as people flock together to get a view of them. The brewery is located on a well-connected Walplein road.

9. Old St. John's Hospital

Old St. John's Hospital

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Founded in the mid-12th century, this medieval hospital started as a place for caring and rest of the sick and tired. Only later, in the 19th century, when the building was expanded did it convert into a proper hospital with eight wards in total. This building stopped the operations of the hospital in 1977 when it was shifted to a better complex in Brugge-Sint Pieters. It was then handed over to the Bruges government which then converted it into a museum of sorts. This hospital is located at a distance from all other attractions.

10. Memling Museum

Memling Museum

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The Memling Museum, named after Hans Memling, is located at a little distance from all the other tourist attractions in Bruges. The paintings of Hans Memling are preserved in this Museum after the old St. John’s Hospital stopped its operations as a hospital in 1978. There are six paintings in the museum of the 15th-century painter who was known for his classical paintings lacking neither in detail nor harmony. The Museum is a must visit for all painting-lovers and art-dwellers because it represents one of the most famous painters of the Flemish Primitives.

11. Sint-Jacobskerk

Sint-Jacobskerk

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A 13th-century construction, the Saint James Church, dedicated to St. James of the Apostle was built in gothic fashion mixed with Renaissance style. It came to be a parish church after a massive expansion of it to match with the ever-growing opulence of the Flemish crowds back in 1459. This expansion was patroned by the Duke of Burgundy. The church is famous among art-lovers and architect enthusiasts as it houses some of the most prominent 16th and 18th-century furnishings and artworks. The church is located north-west to the centre of the city, and its tall towers make a considerable part of the Bruges’ skyline.

12. Groeningemuseum

Groeningemuseum

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A 19th-century public construction, the Groeninge Museum is famous for holding some of the most world-renowned collections of painters such as Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling, Jan Provoost, Hugo Van der Goes and many others. It helps in exhibiting the most prominent Belgian visual arts genres such as the Renaissance, Flemish Primitives, Baroque masters, Neo-classic and Realist paintings, Netherlandish artwork, and so on. Architect Joseph Vierin built the Museum at the behest of the Bruges government.

13. Unique Museums

Unique Museums
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The Bruges Beer Museum, Friet Museum, Diamant Museum, Choco-Story, Kantcentrum are experiences very distinct from the usual art galleries and historical monuments.

14. Battlefield Tours

Battlefield Tours
3.6 /5

1 km
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Day trips from Bruges is organised to famous war memorial grounds and battlefields in the nearby cities or districts.

15. Ramparts Bruges

Ramparts Bruges

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An ingenious modification of the 19th century, the ramparts are a 7 km long cluster of parks that were initially a set of military fortifications around the city of Burges. The parks are constructed around the urban metropolis - a scenic circle of 3350 trees along with cycling and walking tracks for those who would prefer to walk or ride bicycles across these aesthetically maintained parks. The ramparts are evidence of the growth of the city itself such that they are one of the most significant constructions of Burges.

16. Rozenhoedkaai

Rozenhoedkaai

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The title of being the most photographed place in all of Bruges does not come easy. The street is located right in the centre of the city such that one can easily travel to all the other places after paying their utmost visit to the manifestation of Bruges itself: the view from the street. One can then decide to engage in various other activities such as eating around or walking around or just relaxing with a bottle of beer in their hands at one of the cafes located around the canals. The street was named Rozenhoedkaai in the 18th century.

17. Historium

Historium

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The city of Bruges, first and foremost, is a historical town. Its history has given it a unique place in the travel industry such that people from all over the world travel to Belgium, to visit this small town rich in its medieval past. The Historium, located right in the centre of this city, provides the visitors just that - a tour of Bruges lavish history curated through new technologies. The tour includes a visit of the Historium Story, Historium Exhibition, Historium Virtual Reality and Historium Tower. The Historium as an idea originated in a Flemish family back in 2006. It has been operational and open to visitors since 25 November 2012.

18. Saint-Salvator Cathedral

Saint-Salvator Cathedral

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The Saint - Salvator’s Cathedral, the oldest parish church in Bruges since the 10th century, was raised to the cathedral of Bruges in 1834. It has been reconstructed multiple times to give it its modern look: tall towers and neo-Romanesque style. It is located at a little distance from all the central attractions at Bruges. It carries a lot of cultural, religious and historical significance in the city of Bruges. This church replaced the old cathedral: St. Donation’s Cathedral after it was destroyed during French Colonization.

19. Brugse Vrije

Brugse Vrije

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Brugse Vrije, or the Liberty of Bruges, has served multiple purposes for the city of Bruges as it will for the visitors. It was established around the year 1000 by Count Baldwin IV of Flanders. It served as a castellany, a part of the County of Flanders (along with Ghent, Brugge and Ypres), law court from 1795 to 1984. Currently, it stores city archives and any written record of the city of Bruges. It is a must visit because it also holds a 16th-century fireplace named Emperor Charles V fireplace made of wood, marble and alabaster by Lancelot Blondeel. It is located right in the centre of the city such that one can quickly stop by to marvel at the architectural evolvement and city history stored in the vaults of Brugse Vrije.

20. Belfry

Belfry

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Belfort, also known as Belfry, stands 83 meters tall in the centre of Bruges in Belgium. Belfry was made into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000, making it one of the most renowned symbols of the city. A carillon became a part of the medieval tower in the 16th century. These mellifluous bells once modulated the lives in the city by indicating the time through regulated ringing. On the way up to the crest, you can look at the treasury that once housed the city charters and municipal archives. A few more steps up to the scenic beauty will reveal the majestic music drum that steers the carillon, the sound of which is produced by a keyboard. The tower promises an astounding panoramic view after a satisfying 366-step climb.

21. Canal Cruise, Bruges

Canal Cruise, Bruges

758 km
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Canals were the primary mode of transportation in the World Heritage Site of Bruges back in the day. Cruising the canals is regarded as one of the most enchanting experiences in Bruges. The boat ride promises scenic views that get missed while exploring the city on the foot. The half-hour ride unleashes historic buildings, quaint dwellings, picturesque churches and much more. The prices are quite economical. The rides come with a guide/skipper who provides commentary in multiple languages like English, Dutch and French. You could also ask the skipper for a drink for the ride. While discovering spots in the countryside, you meet different species of ducks to accompany you. Make sure to pop in early in the day to avoid waiting.

22. Town Hall, Bruges

Town Hall, Bruges
4.2 /5

6,091 km
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The Town Hall of Bruges, also known as Stadhuis is one of the oldest city halls in the Netherlands. It was built over a period between 1376-1421. Located in Burg Square, the hall is built in an ornate Gothic style. The cobblestone street leads to a stone façade which is one of the oldest parts of the building. The City Hall showcases the splendour of Bruges over the centuries and depicts a wide range of artwork, right from the battle of the golden spurs. A visual treat in the form of wall-painted murals, gothic-style windows, statues, and coat of the arm of subordinate towns is promised. The ground floor offers a free exhibition, demonstrating the evolution of the Burg Square evolution. A traditional staircase leading to the first floor opens to a polychrome vault and lavish gothic windows. A hall adjacent to Stadhuis opens to the city's history with impressive artwork and bona fide documents that make it a must-visit.

23. Liberty of Bruges

Liberty of Bruges
3.6 /5

69 km
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The Liberty of Bruges, popularly known as Brugse Vrije, is located in the Burg Square is the former judicial court of Bruges. This golden trimmed building holds city archives and history of the city that dates back to the 12th century. The stone façade of the courthouse has intricate detailing and leads to a renaissance hall that was once the Aldermen’s Chamber where justice was served. A centre mantelpiece, striking ceiling and illustrious paintings don’t fail to draw attention. What adds more to the beauty is the Charles V chimneypiece of the Flemish Renaissance. The ticket to Brugse Vrije is joint with the Town Hall next door. The visit gets more informative and interesting with an audio guide available on their website.

24. Church of Our Lady, Bruges

Church of Our Lady, Bruges
4.5 /5

6,935 km
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Church of our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) is the tallest monument in the city that dates back to the 15th century. The tower is 115 meters high, making it the tallest building in the city. The Church demonstrates a Gothic Style. The interior of the Church displays extravagant Baroque architecture with intricate detailing. The altarpiece of the chapel showcases a variety of celebrated Belgian artwork. Michelangelo’s most treasured artwork, Madonna and the child are displayed. The Church also includes entry to an adjoining museum with the tombs of the last of the Burgundy dynasty, Charles the Bold and his daughter, Mary of Burgundy. This Church is a must-visit for its subtle yet aesthetic beauty.

25. Minnewater

Minnewater

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As you enter Bruges and walk from the train station, you will enter a picturesque landscape. Minnewater park is the perfect place to take a breather and enjoy the scenic beauty. This park is popularly known as the Lake of Love and Lover’s Bridge. Located towards the southern end of Bruges, the Lake of Love is joined to a canal system in Bruges. A story runs around the history of the Lake of Love. A young Minna was in love with a neighbouring warrior, Stromberg. Disapproved by her father, Minna escaped into a forest and died in Stromberg’s arms when he finally found her. Hence, the lake was named after Minna and gained the name, “The Lake of Love”.

26. Museums in the Dijver Mansion

Museums in the Dijver Mansion

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In the old city of Bruges stands Dijver, a street, and a canal. Dijver street is located on the southern bank of the watercourse. Musea Brugge (Bruges Museums) has been keeping Bruges alive since 2019. The Groeninge Museum, the Gruuthuse Museum, and the Arentshuis located in Dijver are an integral part of the Musea Brugge. The Groeninge Museum displays an extensive collection of Flemish and Belgian artwork. The Gruuthuse Museum, better known as the museum of history, is located in a 15th-century city castle. From medieval paintings to Gothic figurines, the museum showcases exquisite pieces of artwork. The Arentshuis is located in a townhouse featuring fine arts from the 15th century. The museum is a must-visit for its exhibit, majorly showcasing artwork by a British artist, Frank Brangwyn.

27. Jeruzalemkerk

Jeruzalemkerk
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Jeruzalemkapel is a Chapel of the neo-gothic style, located in the heart of Gouda on Jerusalem Street. Located near the Jewish cemetery, this Chapel is the best-preserved Chapel in the Netherlands. Jeruzalemkapel has been a private Chapel of the Adornes, an Italian merchant family for over 600 years now. The structure and architecture are an exceptional exhibit of the devotion of the Adornes Family to Jerusalem. The stained glass, Holy Cross relic, and tomb stand out as unique sculpts of the Chapel. The Chapel is used for classical concerts and lectures on the heritage of the art. The descriptions have English explanations, making it easy for tourists to understand the history better. Suit yourselves for a minimalistic tea room and enjoy beverages and cakes of your choice.

28. Bonifacius Bridge

Bonifacius Bridge

7,760 km
from city center
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The Boniface Bridge happens to be one of the youngest bridges in Bruges. Located in Groeninge, this bridge takes you through the historical facet of the city with mystical views. This is the most famous bridge of Bruges that overlooks the river, Reie. The visit to this Bridge comes with guides, providing information about the history of the bridge. The Boniface Bridge is at a walkable distance from the Church of our Lady. This magical bridge is coupled with a romantic park where you can take strolls and click selfies with stunning backdrops. Make sure to visit early in the morning to avoid crowd.

29. Burg Square

Burg Square

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The Burg Square is a former fortress of Bruges. Being one of the primary squares in the city, the Square brings to you medieval buildings that date back to the 2nd century. The most prominent building of the city is the Townhall or the Stadhuis, where the city was governed, for over 600 years. The Square leads you to gorgeous Gothic-style statues, biblical figures, and authentic facades. Right next to Stadhuis, is the Old Civil Registry which was once the courthouse. Tucked in another corner of the square is The Basilica of the Holy Blood, a Roman Catholic church in Bruges. With the Grand Place, iconic museums, galleries, and eateries, the Burg Square is a wholesome place to be in.

30. Grand Place, Bruges

Grand Place, Bruges
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437 km
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Grand Place, popularly known as Grote Markt, is located at the centre of Bruges. This is considered one of the most stunning medieval squares in Brussels and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Around the square are numerous historic buildings, right from the 17th century. Among the buildings, a few popular ones are the Town Hall, Houses of the Grand Place, and the King’s House. A Flower Carpet is organized every alternate year around August, displaying beautiful Begonias. The most appropriate time to visit the Grand Place would be during Christmas and New Year as you get to witness the stunning Sound & Light Show that is one of its kind. You get to witness a lot of concerts and a medieval pageant, Ommegang during summer.

31. Rozenhoedkaai Bruges

Rozenhoedkaai Bruges

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About 2 minutes away from Belfry, Rozenhoedkaai (Quary of the Rosary) stands at the intersection of the Groenerie and Dijver canals. It is considered to be one of the most photographed locations in Bruges. It is believed that Rozenhoedkaai was the mooring spot for ships back in the Middle Ages, where traders would offload and reload goods. You can start off with a boat ride with swans for company. This happens to be one of the best spots to unwind and enjoy the serene landscape around with a drink. If you’re planning to visit from March to October, suit yourselves for a happening flea market down the road. The best time to visit the Quary of the Rosary would be late in the evening. The night view is next to unforgettable. With the gorgeous illuminations of castles and lit terraces, the spot stands enchanting for its romantic appeal. As they say, good food is good company; you’ve got plenty of restaurants and cafes around to tingle those taste buds.

32. Frietmuseum Bruges

Frietmuseum Bruges

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Fries it is! Who isn’t excited to know about the making of them? Frietmuseum, better known as Fries Museum is located in the Gothic Saaihalle which happens to be the former wool hall. Frietmuseum is the only museum committed to showcasing the history of our all time-favourite potato fries and Belgian fries. While learning interesting facts about potatoes and Belgian fries, you also get to taste varieties of fries off a wholesome menu at the cafeteria in the basement. Kids would have a gala time watching the making of fries and exploring the fry shop mock-up. The ticket to Frietmuseum is co-joined by the ticket to Choco-museum. Watch out for fun models, portraits up the wall and musical instruments made of fries.

33. Gruuthusemuseum, Bruges

Gruuthusemuseum, Bruges

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Located in the house of Louis de Gruuthuse, the medieval Gruuthuse is the Gruuthusemuseum. Carrying the history of the locality, the museum is a must-visit for its ancient artifacts, paintings, manuscripts, and sculptures. The vast collection ranges from the 15th century to the 19th century. You would get a peek into the fascinating thematic display of relics from the Middle Ages, and the Gothic stained glass is sure to engross you. An audio guide in several languages, including English, French & Dutch is available to enlighten you on the nook and corner of the museum. With over 600 items on multiple floors, you’re sure to have an enthralling experience.

34. Sint-Janshuismolen

Sint-Janshuismolen

3 km
from city center
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The Sint-Janshuismolen, also known as Sint-Janshuis Mill is one of the four windmills along Kruisvest in Bruges. A 20-minute walk from the center of the town and you can relax after touring through museums and factories around the city. Built in the 1700s, Sint-Janshuismolen is the only mill that is still known to grind flour and is open for visitors to have a look around. Away from the crowded city, along the canals is the eye-catching windmill, worth the steep climb of about 40 minutes up to the body of the windmill for a peaceful view of what happens to be a bustling city.

35. Museu da Tortura Oude Steen Bruges

Museu da Tortura Oude Steen Bruges

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This little Torture Museum in Bruges, popularly referred to as the ‘Old Stone’ is one of the oldest prisons in Europe. Now reinstated as a museum, the Torture Museum offers and displays spine-chilling facts about the judicial system that was prevalent ages ago. For all those fascinated to know the history of how people were treated back then, this museum showcases the punishments that were followed for all kinds of crime. The museum houses objects that were used as tools and wax figurines to depict how humans were punished. Gruesome like it was, this museum makes us realise how we’ve grown as humans on a humanitarian level and provides an eye-opening experience in a span of 45 minutes to 1 hour.

36. Choco-Story

Choco-Story

1,015 km
from city center
36 out of 53
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The Choco-Story Museum is located in Wijnzakstraat, forming a T-junction with Sint-Jansstraat in Central Bruges. Whether or not you have a sweet tooth, who says no to chocolates or watching them getting made? The Museum was first started by the Van Belle family. It takes you through the 4000-year-old history and evolution of chocolates with numerous photographs and flavours. The Choco-Story unfolds the making of chocolates by demonstrating a variety of raw ingredients required and the major steps involved in its production. Then comes the most interesting part, tasting the luscious, rich, and silky chocolates made in the museum. It’s a must-visit for its one-of-a-kind experience. Chocolate lovers and enthusiasts are in for a special treat as you get to talk to chocolate experts and explore the huge library containing works on chocolate and cocoa.

37. Museo Folkrico

Museo Folkrico

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The Folklore Museum in Balstraat is a replication of workers’ houses in Bruges during the 19th and 20th centuries. The refurbed rooms house a pharmacy, an old classroom, a tailor’s workshop, confectionery, and a grocery shop. Temporary exhibitions are displayed on the first floor. Along with this, you can also enjoy the beauty of the lace collection. Every room on the Ground floor has a trove of antiques like tobacco products, olden games, chocolate moulds, etc. The Folklore Museum also features fun activities every first and third Thursday of the month. The confectioner stocks the rooms of the museum with pleasing aromas. Kids can enjoy leisure time in the museum’s huge garden, relaxing and playing popular games. If you are planning to visit the Folklore Museum during December, you can enjoy the Mid-winter event with your family and have a great time exploring the traditional festivities.

38. Bruges Beer Experience

Bruges Beer Experience
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A must-visit Museum in Bruges. Located in the historic centre of the city, this museum brings to you the cultural facets and heritage that have been carried over the years. From the involvement of women in beer making to the benefits of beer, this museum takes you through all. An experience enriched with Belgian Craft beers makes it all the more interesting as you learn about Belgian breweries and popular brewing methods. For all the teetotallers and the kids, there is a special non-alcoholic exhibit. There is a bar with a variety of Belgian beers for all the beer lovers, and the best part is you are allowed to try three beers of your choice.

39. Adornes Domain

Adornes Domain

14 km
from city center
39 out of 53
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The Adornes Domain is a medieval estate of the Adornes family that dates back to the Middle Ages. The Adornes family built an estate that includes almshouses, the Jerusalem Chapel, and a mansion. They have owned this domain for over 600 years and, it is still a part of the family. This well-preserved domain, located in the almshouse, now as a museum, gives an account of how the city was in its yesteryears. A thorough 12-minute explanatory video and ornate sculptures dive deeper into the history of the city. A 45-minute to 1-hour tour around the museum ends at a Scottish Lounge, where you can enjoy refreshments of your choice and relax. The domain is also popular for its timely exhibitions, unforgettable concerts, and engrossing events. If you’re looking for a private tour with guides, book an appointment and have it availed in advance.

40. Castle Loppem

Castle Loppem

8 km
from city center
40 out of 53
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The Loppem Castle, locally popular as Kasteel van Loppem is located in West Flanders in the Flemish Region. This Castle is known for preserving its pristine architecture and rich interiors. What makes the interiors so grand is their Gothic representation and well-laid-out paintings that depict the war history of Belgium. Roughly a month after World War I ended, Belgian King Albert I and his wife Elisabeth of Bavaria dwelt in the Loppem Castle. In the fortress, the king held critical political discussions and meetings. After an informative visit, you can lose yourselves in the romantic park and the garden maze surrounding the castle.

41. Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres

Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres

492 km
from city center
41 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

Brewery Bourgogne is a Belgian brewery by Timmermans in Itterbeek, situated in Flemish Brabant. This is a one-of-its-kind tourist attraction spot with beautiful canals around. After over 60 years, Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres has returned to the city with its noteworthy beer. What makes it so unique is it they have beer produced by both mixed fermentation and high fermentation, creating quite a mix. This tourist spot is special as you get to understand and witness the indulgent brewing process. What’s most fascinating is you’re guided on tapping beer digitally, and your visit is rewarded with a bottle along with your picture on it. You can also tour around the fresh hops and explore them while experiencing their fresh aroma. And yes, you will receive a Bourgogne des Flandres, the exclusive Belgian beer at the end of your visit, making it all worth it.

42. Diamond Museum

Diamond Museum

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The Diamonds Museum is located at the heart of Bruges, in Katelijnestraat. Belgium is one of the world's top diamond exporters and it only makes sense to have one of the top diamond museums located here. Diamond-cutting was first introduced in Bruges over 500 years ago. You will learn about the process of diamond-cutting and polishing through live demonstrations led by an expert presenter. You can have your fleeting questions regarding the process involved answered by the professionals. Along with exploring a wide range of eye-opening gem collections, you will get to learn a few secrets of the diamond cutting of medieval times. The museum interests visitors with its everyday Diamond Polishing Show. Diamond lovers will love the exhibitions with everything Diamond organized by the team.

43. Museum - Gallery XPO Salvador Dalí

Museum - Gallery XPO Salvador Dalí

758 km
from city center
43 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

Located in the Cloths Hall, the Salvador Dali Museum takes you through Dali’s life journey with some of his most exceptional work, including the indomitable graphic artwork and captivating statues. You can view his work and the collection of his life as presented on a décor on mirrors. If you’re into Dali’s work, this would turn out to be a delightful exploration as you would get to view his work like Alice in Wonderland and other masterpieces that you may not have come across before. You would also get to witness authentic pieces as you may have come across in the Raisonnes Catalogue.

44. Koningin Astridpark

Koningin Astridpark

1 km
from city center
44 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

A picturesque landscape that looks like it came straight out of a movie is located at the heart of the city. This botanical park lies close to the Fish Market and Burg Square. From towering trees to the pond with its fountain, the Queen Astrid Park makes for one of the most romantic strolls. This is the best spot one could get lost in, away from the crowd. The park has a playground where kids can play and enjoy a little break after sightseeing. The park is filled with rows of dazzling tulips. All-in-all, this park makes for a perfect respite for all age groups.

45. Mini-Europe

Mini-Europe

88 km
from city center
45 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

A miniature park, better known as the open-air museum is located next to Atomium in Bruparck, Brussels. Mini-Europe is one of Europe's most popular tourist attractions, attracting over 350,000 people each year. With over 80 cities and 350 buildings represented, you gain detailed insights and virtual visits to the European Union and multiple other continents across Europe. The structures on display are recreated either for the quality of the architecture or European symbolism. Along with these meticulously designed miniature monuments, there are miniature plants, native trees, bonsais, and much more greenery. All of the monument visits are described in-depth with a handy guide. Conclude your Mini-Europe tour with a Spirit of Europe exhibition, which provides an interactive overview of the European Union of Multimedia games.

46. Comics Art Museum

Comics Art Museum

7,090 km
from city center
46 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

The Belgian Comic Strip Center is a Belgian comics museum in Brussels. The museum is located at 20 rue des Sables/Zandstraat, supported by the Brussels-Congress train station. The building was initially constructed in the Art Nouveau style by the world-famous architect Victor Horta in 1905 and operated as the Magasins Waucquez, a textile department store. Currently, the museum offers several exhibits on the history and development of the comic strip, from its history to the present day. In addition, the museum displays an exposition of popular comics like Smurfs, Asterix, the local favourite, Billy & Bob, and many more. The first floor has an auditorium and a room with authentic comic book pages by numerous artists. The second floor has a permanent exhibition called the “Museum of Imagination”, dedicated to the history of art in Belgium.

47. Brussels Town Hall

Brussels Town Hall

6,356 km
from city center
47 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

The Town Hall of Brussels is located in the Grand Place, i.e., Brussels main square. The Town Hall happens to be the lone medieval structure of the square. Its magnificent tower is a landmark for tourists and Belgians passing through the city. The Town Hall never fails to catch attention due to its stunning carvings and asymmetrical frontage. The interior of the Town Hall is known to attract tourists for its arrangement and layout of different rooms. The square tower body confines to a gorgeous octagonal openwork above the roof of the Hall. Atop stands a gilt metal figure of Saint Michael, the saint of Brussels, defeating the evil dragon. This attraction happens to be one of the most beautiful spots, making your visit worthwhile.

48. St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels

St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels

397 km
from city center
48 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

The medieval Roman Catholic Church is located in central Brussels, Belgium. The Church is one among the three Gothic churches that stands alongside the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon in central Brussels. The façade of the Church is impressive for its French Gothic style. This detailed building features golden objects, Baroque-style chapels, beautifully stained-glass windows, and many more artworks. The Church is also known for its musical features, especially its two pipe organs and massive church bells. The tour of the Church comes with a free guide, taking you through the extraordinary architecture, beautiful paintings, magnificent wood carvings, and prominent statues.

49. Square of Petit Sablon

Square of Petit Sablon

89 km
from city center
49 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

To the southeast of the Church of our Blessed Lady of the Sablon is the square of Petit Sablon. It’s a rectangular garden with trees, flowers, and prominent statues. Established in the 1890s, the square is encircled by elegant iron fencing accentuated by tall pillars and statues of over 48 professionals, including the Clockmaker, the Launderer, the Plumber, and numerous others. Each of the pillars is uniquely designed like that of the iron fence. Formerly, this monument stood in the front of King’s House on the Grand Place, where they were executed. It is a must-visit for it is accompanied by statues of political figures, noteworthy artists, and celebrated intellects from the 16th century.

50. Mont des Arts

Mont des Arts

89 km
from city center
50 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

Mont des Arts, better known as Hill/Mount of the Arts, is a historic site in Brussels, including the National Archives of Belgium, a public garden, the Royal Library of Belgium, and the Brussels convention centre square. It is located between Hofbergstraat and Place Royale. Mont des Arts, an Instagram hot spot, makes for one of the most spectacular views of Brussels. The upper half of the complex has been altered by the glass-and-steel cube, creating an entrance to the convention centre. From an elevated viewpoint, the majestic tower of Town Hall becomes apparent. The site comes with a surplus of musicians and live performances to make the day even more special. Day or night, you’re sure to have a blast.

51. Villa Empain

Villa Empain

89 km
from city center
51 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

The Villa Empain, located in Brussels, Belgium, was a previously owned private residence. Currently, it is functional as a culture centre and exhibition space. The Villa was built in the 1930s by a renowned Swiss-Belgian architect, financed by Baron Louis Empain, a famous industrialist’s son. The Boghossian Foundation restored the Villa in 2009-2011 and presently owns it. This unique Art deco building is an absolute jewel with its authentic pieces of furniture and valuable materials, including stained-glass windows, granite, wrought iron, and precious woods. It’s no doubt that these cherished resources enhance and add to the sophistication of the VillaVilla. This VillaVilla is a must-visit as it beautifully showcases the dialogue between art and culture.

52. Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert

Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert

95 km
from city center
52 out of 53
places to visit in Bruges

Have you ever been to a shopping complex housed in a medieval architecture building? The Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert is a series of shopping arcades of 230 meters in central Brussels, within walking distance of Grand Place. This gorgeous gallery is roofed with an arched glass pane with an iron framework. The Royal Saint Hubert Gallery happens to be Europe’s first enclosed retail arcade, featuring cafes, theatres, libraries, elegant chocolate stops, and luxury shopping stores. A one-of-a-kind shopping experience with historic surroundings and cultural spaces. The arcade is segmented into King’s and Queen’s Gallery, each spreading over 100 meters. The Royal Gallery is a perfect example of Belgium’s creativity, displaying everything from art to poetry.

FAQs on Bruges

How can I commute within Bruges?

The city of Bruges is so small, that traversing on foot is the best way to get around. There are several walking tours organised that try and span the major attractions of this city. Make sure to be in comfortable footwear because of the cobblestoned roads. If your two feet can not carry you for long consider hiring a bicycle, which is another convenient way of exploring the city. Some lanes in fact have separate bicycle paths for ease of riding. There are several places to hire your two wheeler without payment of any deposit. An occasional boat ride along the canals could also be a great way to admire the city. Taxis, although available, are not as convenient owing to the narrow streets of Bruges and also need to be hired in advance. De Lijn operates bus services networked all over the city, however you would not need one to move around except for maybe traveling from the Bruges station to the town center.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Bruges?

The top sightseeing places in Bruges are Belfort (Belfry & Carillon), Markt, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Burg , Groeninge Museum, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk.

What are the top activities in Bruges?

The top activities in Bruges are Bruges Chocolate and Beer Delight Tour , Private Brussels Airport (BRU) Transfers for Bruges, Private Ostend Airport (OST) Transfers for Bruges, Private Charleroi Airport (CRL) Transfers for Bruges, Highlights of Bruges 2-Hour Rickshaw Tour, Windmills and Hidden Gems 1-Hour Rickshaw Tour in Bruges.

What are the top hotels in Bruges?

There are 512 Hotels in Bruges which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Bruges are Brugsche Suites - Luxury Guesthouse, Modern Holiday Home in Damme with Private Garden, B&B Huis Koning, B&B Ambrogio, B&B Alphabet - Luxury Guesthouse and Art Gallery, Quaint Cottage in Bruges with Terrace. You can see all the hotels in Bruges here
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