Best of Bruges
Enchanting Bruges has a wealth of treasures to be discovered and a visit to this medieval city is certainly not complete without having visited all the "must-sees". Don't have much time to explore all of Bruges? These are the most beautiful sights you simply must visit.
The Market Square of Bruges is the dynamic heart of the city. The 83 metres high Belfry dominates the square and is one of the city's most characteristic buildings. A sturdy climb up the tower rewards you with a spectacular panoramic view. The Market Square is the central point of Bruges, from where several streets lead to Bruges' hidden treasures. It is also the starting point for the popular carriage rides through the medieval city.
Welcome to the most photographed spot in Bruges. Do you want the perfect snapshot to remember your trip to Bruges? Then this beautiful corner along the Brugse Reitjes with the popular weeping willow may certainly not be forgotten.
An unmissable spot in Bruges is the 'Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde'. The cosy square is surrounded by white-painted façades. In the heart of the courtyard is the beautiful cloister garden, where Easter flowers bloom in spring. Beguines once lived here, but today it is the nuns of the Order of Saint Benedict who occupy the houses.
The magnificent Burg Square is the centre of power of the city. The 14th century Town Hall is still the seat of the city council. The impressive square is surrounded by beautiful monumental buildings. These were built over the centuries and thus unite different architectural styles.
Canals of Bruges
The Bruges Canals are sometimes referred to as the veins of the city. These canals meander through the whole of Bruges and are responsible for a lot of beautiful views and corners. The canals lead you along secret gardens, romantic bridges and medieval facades. You can take a pleasant stroll along the waterside, or enjoy them from a boat on the water.
Lake of Love
The most romantic spot in Bruges is the Lake of Love. People used to believe that minnows lived in the water, hence the park's name Minnewater. The charming park is surrounded by lush greenery and has a romantic atmosphere. From the Lake of Love Bridge, you can take the most stunning photos to ensure you never forget this magnificent spot.
From the 14th century onwards, almshouses were built out of charity. A variety of people did this, for a number of reasons. Sometimes they were built to give the elderly a roof over their heads, and other times by widows who wanted a place in heaven. Therefore, each housing site had a chapel, where the residents were obliged to say their prayers of gratitude. Today, the small houses have been restored and their picturesque gardens are the ideal spot to enjoy the silence.
Church of Our Lady
One of the most impressive buildings in Bruges is the Church of Our Lady, the second largest brick tower in the world. You can see it towering over the city of Bruges from afar. Inside, the church is equally majestic, with a world of art treasures. The masterpiece is Michelangelo's marble Madonna and Child.
A piece of modern architecture to be found at 't Zand square. This large building is an international music and art centre, where you can admire contemporary dance and classical music. Contemporary works of art and temporary photo exhibitions can also be discovered in this imposing building.
Jan van Eyck Square
Formerly known as the Manhattan of Burgundian Bruges. Long ago, the North Sea reached all the way up to here, which was then the port of Bruges. Traders from all over Europe passed through here and you could hear dozens of different languages. Today, the statue of Jan van Eyck reigns over this square. From here, you have a wonderful view of the canals and it is the starting point to quiet residential neighbourhoods.
Hidden in the heart of Bruges is the city's youngest bridge. Surrounded by high buildings and greenery, it breathes a mysterious and romantic atmosphere. The small park offers some stunning views.
The Gruuthuse Museum takes you back to three key periods in the rich history of Bruges. First, there is the Burgundian bloom, then the lesser-known historical 17th and 18th centuries, and finally the 19th-century "reinvention" of Bruges. These three periods are brought to life in more than 600 collections, each telling its own story.