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I know I did. The best way to get to Bruges is by train. Since taking the train to Bruges is so convenient, it makes the perfect day trip destination. We took a day trip to Bruges from Brussels. Consider spending a night or two here. Getting Around Bruges I highly recommend exploring Bruges on foot.
It only takes 20 minutes to walk from the Bruges train station to the central square. Although, there is also a bus that goes between the station and city center every 5 minutes. This shuttle service was free when we visited, but we decided to walk. Click each pin to find a complete description. Find the complete instructions for using the map here. Bruges Tourist Attractions Bruges has no shortage of scenic locations, impressive museums and historic churches.
The must-have experiences include canal cruising, beer tasting and climbing the Belfry tower. The most prominent feature of the Market Square is the dramatic Belfry Tower more on this soon. Many Bruges walking tours start here. The Market Square is one of the top sights in Bruges.
In the early days, the markets of Bruges were used mainly for commercial textiles and wool. If you are lucky enough to visit on a Wednesday, you can catch the local fresh foods market that happens here today. Vendors sell fresh produce, flowers, meats and cheeses.
Because the Belfry Tower is one of the most popular places to go in Bruges, you can expect long lines to purchase tickets. We went around 4 PM and waited in line for over an hour. If you want to avoid a long queues, I strongly encourage you to arrive just before opening at AM.
The Belfry of Bruges was originally built as a wooden tower atop a stone building in the 13th Century. Originally, it had administrative functions and served as treasury and municipal archives. Unfortunately, the original wood tower burned down only a few decades after it was built. After the first fire, the Belfry was absolved of its political duties. In the years that followed, the Belfry would be destroyed and rebuilt several times over.
Quay of the Rosary Quay of the Rosary, or Rozenhoedkaai, is arguably one of the most beautiful places in Bruges and certainly one of the most photographed. This street hugs the nearby canals and provides enchanting views of stone castles and classic facades. There are many cute canal bars and restaurants here. In the 12th and 13th Centuries, these communities of women started to become more popular as more and more women became widows from the Crusades.
As you might imagine, the Middle Ages were not a safe place for single women. The Begijnhof was a safe, isolated micro community where women could life freely and invest their inheritance. The Beguinage in Bruges was founded in As you will see, the walls of the original community still remain intact. There is a small fee to enter the Beguinage Museum.
Today, this space serves as a convent for Benedictine nuns. Also, it houses underprivileged women who were born in Bruges. How romantic, right? Minnewater is associated with love because of an old legend. The story goes that a young girl named Minna fell in love with a warrior of a neighboring tribe.
Of course, her parents refused to accept this union and arranged her to marry someone else. The girl ran away and eventually died of exhaustion at this place. It was named Minnewater in her honor. We kissed there! How could we not? Jan van Eyck was a famous painter from the early 15th Century. His paintings became important examples of early Renaissance art in the Netherlands. Some have even called him one of the founders of the early Renaissance style.
His method of oil painting was revolutionary at its time. Jan van Eyck lived in Bruges for a significant portion of his adult life. The square is lined by charming facades of historic homes. The homes peek out from the canal that was once an important shipping port. Windmills have been an important part of Bruges since the 13th Century! The Sint-Janshuis Mill is one of the only surviving mills in Bruges.
It is open to visitors and remains operational. The Sint-Janshuis Mill was originally built in ! It was named after the St. Despite the fact that it was restored a few times, it is still incredible that the Sint-Janshuis Mill continues to grinds grain to this day. Unfortunately, like the museums, this place is closed to visitors on Mondays. However, you can still walk by and appreciate it at a distance.
Bonifacius Bridge The Bonifacius Bridge is one of the most romantic and enchanting sites to see in Bruges. It looks like something out of a fairy tale! The Brangwyn Museum currently occupies the Arents Manor, and displays an important collection of works by Frank Brangwyn.
Brangwyn was British, but he donated a huge portion of his works to the town of Bruges. The church and its tower took over years to complete. Many people from all over the world travel here to view this work of art. It is the only sculpture of Michelangelo to have left Italy during his lifetime. Also, there are some exceptional paintings and exquisite woodcarvings. The Romanesque chapel is plain with very little decorations while the upper levels are elaborate, richly detailed and expressively colorful.
The two levels are joined by a brick staircase from the s, built in the Renaissance style. There is also an impressive organ. Museums The reason we spontaneously decided to visit Bruges… was because all of the museums in Brussels are closed on Mondays. Guess what? The same is true for Bruges. It was first established in the mid- 12th Century. During the Middle Ages, this hospital also expanded to include a monastery and convent. It was an essential stopping place for sick pilgrims and travelers, but it also took care of the sick and poor.
You can walk through the Medieval wards and imagine how patients were cared for back then…Yikes!! I have a medical background, so this was one of my favorite Bruges tourist attractions. Make sure to see the paintings by Hans Memling and check out the Medieval pharmacy! The Groeningemuseum contains over important Flemish Primitive paintings, as well as many 18th and 19th Century neoclassical pieces.
Most famously, this museum has a number of masterpieces by Jan van Eyck and Gerard David. The quality and range of this collection is impressive and has a unique history. During the s, there was a law that required students to donate a sample of their work to the school. The Bruges Academy received many donations over the years and eventually gave their collections to the city of Bruges.
Soon after, this incredible museum was born. It was built after the original wooden tower of the Belfry burned down. A new building was needed for municipal archives and city council meetings, so this City Hall building was built in The style is Gothic Monumental. The opulence of it clearly demonstrates the economic and political power of Bruges at the time.
Many town halls across Europe were modeled in its image afterwards. There is a museum on the ground floor of the Town Hall. It has some interesting paintings, carved stonework and old maps. However, the real gem is the building itself. Inside and out. Make sure to check out the lavishly decorated Gothic Hall. During this time, Bruges was a thriving trading city with an important shipping port.
This was the time of Jan van Eyck and the time during which many important buildings were built.
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