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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 the town’s most visited attractions, offering a unique glimpse into the European Béguine movement of the Middle Ages. A fine example of a traditional Flemish béguinage, the secluded complex of houses, churches and gardens was founded in 1230 by the Countess Johanna of Constantinople and up until 1926 housed a small community of Béguines, lay women who devoted their lives to god. 

Today, the compound is home to around 25 Benedictine nuns but its Béguine past lives on at the onsite Beguinage museum, which features displays like a recreation of a 19th century kitchen and a showcase of traditional crafts. For most visitors though, simply wandering around the daffodil-filled gardens, whitewashed houses and 13th-century church provides an evocative glimpse into the solitude of the Béguine lifestyle, and unveils some of the mysteries of the one-time inhabitants.

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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

4 star rating: Recommended 1188 Reviews

Discover medieval history and Belgian mystery on this Ghent and Bruges day trip from Brussels. Explore the historic, UNESCO-listed cities of Ghent and Bruges ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.37

Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour, Antwerp Half-Day Trip, Day Trip to Ghent and Bruges

4 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

This Brussels Super Saver combines three popular tours at one discounted price for you to enjoy over two full days! Spend the first day on a half-day city ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $119.95
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Bruges Express City Tour from Brussels

4 star rating: Recommended 66 Reviews

Step back in time and discover one of the brightest jewels in Belgium’s crown on this 7.5-hour Bruges city tour from Brussels. Explore the ancient cobbled ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.84

Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

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

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.47

Amsterdam Super Saver: Bruges Day Trip plus Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Discover Amsterdam’s scenic surroundings with this 2-day Amsterdam Super Saver, combining two best-selling tours at one discounted price. The first day, cross ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 12 hours (Day 1); 5.5 hours (Day 2)

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