Here are the top 19 tourist attractions to see in Bruges:

1. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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