Insider's Guide to Bruges

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Beguinage (Begijnhof)

One of the most famous and best preserved of Belgium’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Beguinages, Bruges’ Beguinage (Begijnhof) or ‘Ter Weyngaerde’, is one of ...  Read more

Markt Square

The heart of medieval Bruges and the nucleas of the modern city, Bruges’ Market Square (the Markt) is one of the most striking in Europe. Bordered by rows of ...  Read more

Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilig-Bloedbasiliek)

The Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilig-Bloedbasiliek) is a church in Brugge, Belgium that has what is believed to be the blood of Jesus Christ. The basilica ...  Read more

Belfry (Belfort)

Dominating the city skyline from all angles, the striking, 83-meter high Belfry (Belfort) is one of Bruges’ most iconic landmarks, standing proud over the ...  Read more

Bruges Waterways

Bruges is often referred to as the Venice of the north due to its many canals. Though the city is located inland, it is close enough to the coast that ...  Read more

Burg Square

The birth of the city of Bruges was heralded by Baldwin Iron Arm’s (Count of Flanders I) construction of a fortified castle on top of a hill in the 9th ...  Read more

Choco Story

A visit to the museum of chocolate, Choco Story is best reserved for only the most serious of cocoa bean aficionados. The museum’s exhibits run through ...  Read more

Church of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk)

The soaring 400-foot (122-meter) spire-topped brick steeple of the Church of Our Lady – the city’s tallest structure – lends itself to commanding views of ...  Read more

De Halve Maan Brewery

Any visit to Belgium is more than likely going to involve sampling some of the local beers, and Bruges’ De Halve Maan Brewery is one of the best working ...  Read more

Diamond Museum

Both the Belgian cities of Bruges and Antwerp feature prominently in the history of the diamond trade, and it was in Bruges that the art of diamond polishing ...  Read more

Groeningemuseum

One of Belgium’s best fine art museums, the Groeningemuseum, holds a collection that covers around 600 years of Flemish and Belgian painting, from the 14th ...  Read more

Historic Centre of Bruges

Bruges is one of the most picturesque cities in Belgium. It's one of Belgium's best preserved cities, and its medieval architecture escaped destruction from ...  Read more

Lace Center (Kantcentrum)

The Kantcentrum, or Lace Center, is a lace museum and learning center in Brugge, Belgium. It is located in the Apostoline Sisters' former lace school, which ...  Read more

Minnewater (Lake of Love)

With a name that translates into English as "Lake of Love," you might be tempted to dismiss Minnewater as a little clichéd. That would be a ...  Read more

Town Hall (Stadhuis)

The Town Hall (Stadhuis) is Belgium’s oldest building and arguably Bruges’ most beautiful. The Flamboyant Gothic-style building was constructed between 1376 ...  Read more

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