Bruges Tours from Brussels
By Viator, December 2013
Bruges is a simply exquisite town. The intact medieval centre of this UNESCO World Heritage site looks like a living canvas painted by a Flemish old master. The capital of West Flanders, it's close to the North Sea and bustling port of Zeebrugge. The city was a wealthy textile and trading port from the 10th until the 15th Centuries, a Golden Age of commerce and art, weaving and lace.
The trip from Brussels takes you past Ghent, through the peaceful Flemish countryside. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, green pastures and quaint farmhouses.
Explore with a walking tour to discover the city's medieval heart. Experience the city’s wealth and affluence in the Place du Bourg, resplendent with the medieval opulence of the Saint-Sang Basilica, the Gothic-style Town Hall (built in 1376), and the Beguine Convent. View the magnificent Grand Place, the Halles (outdoor market), and the old town gates.
The Church of Our Lady is home to Michelangelo's Madonna and Child sculpture, the spire of Saint Salvator's Cathedral has recently been completely renovated, while the famous 47-bell carillon is housed in the belfry, with a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Visit the Lake of Love (Minnewater) and nearby the Beguinage, a Benedictine convent set up in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders offering sanctuary to the female followers of the mystical movement. Venture inside the Chapel of the Holy Blood, where it's believed Christ's blood was taken after the crusades.
The very fine Groeningemuseum collection of medieval and early modern art includes the world-famous Flemish Primitives, or experience contemporary culture in the grand building of the Concertgebouw.
If you need a little indulgence, with 49 chocolate boutiques, a chocolate museum and a chocolate fair, Bruges may be the world capital of chocolate. Or try to distinguish between fruity Kriek, Leffe blonde and dark ales as you sample from the 800 varieties of Belgian Beers.
In summer take a cruise down Bruges' canals to see this lovely old city from the water, past secret gardens, lovely bridges, and Alms houses (Godshuizen), the residences built by rich families as refuges for widows and the poor. Today their pretty gardens, whitewashed facades and glorious silence are a haven of tranquility for those living in or visiting the city.
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Visit the historical cities of Ghent and Bruges in one day on this must-do private tour from Brussels! With an attentive private guide at your side, explore ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)