Romantic hotspots

Bruges is a charming destination in any season, but its intimate atmosphere is especially felt during autumn and winter.

Bruges is a romantic city like no other. The swans on the canals, the winding medieval lanes and little cobblestone squares all contribute to the city's fabled ambience. According to legend, the swans came to the city in the 15th century. The people of Bruges were rebelling against Maximilian I, who had imposed heavy taxes on them. His bailiff, Pieter Lanchals (whose last name means 'long-neck', another word for swan), was beheaded in Market Square. When Maximilian returned to power, his punishment for the people of Bruges was that they had to keep swans on the water from that time on, in memory of Lanchals.

  • Groenerei
    today: Open
    Bruges’ convenient compact size allows you to carelessly get lost and saunter hand in hand along one of the many lovely canals.
  • Huidenvettersplein (Tanners Square)
    today: Open
    As far as size goes Huidenvettersplein cannot compete with the Market and Burg, but the tiny square which is enclosed by restaurants is pleasantly adorned by the presence of artists.Thus there is no escaping the cozy and intimate atmosphere which surrounds the square.
  • Brugse Vesten (Bruges' City Ramparts)
    today: Open
    While the picturesque town center is endlessly fascinating we mustn’t forget Bruges’ city ramparts.
  • Jan van Eyckplein
    today: Open
    Standing in the middle of the square the renowned Bruges painter Jan van Eyck (1370 – 1441) proudly overlooks the domain that wears his name.Still, he has to share the limelight with the square’s alluring style for once this was the old harbor of Bruges where ships loaded and unloaded.
  • Bonifaciusbrug (Bonifaciusbridge)
    today: Open
    The charismatic area of Bonifaciusbridge and Arentshof has the ability to enchant many a visitor.
  • Begijnhof (Beguinage)
    today: 06:30 - 18:30

    The 'Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde' with its white-coloured house fronts and tranquil convent garden was founded in 1245.

  • Gruuthuse binnenhof (Gruuthuse courtyard)
    today: 08:00 - 22:00
    No doubt the beautiful courtyard of the Gruuthuse palace, bordering on the canals, has a high wow-factor.
  • Minnewaterpark
    In the south part of Bruges, surrounded by trees and the adjacent Minnewaterpark, you’ll find a small rectangular lake called 'Minnewater' or Lake of Love.
  • Koningin  Astridpark
    today: Open
    Koningin Astridpark is a classic just-around-the-corner-get-away-from-the-crowd place.
  • Rozenhoedkaai
    today: Open
    Summer or winter, morning or evening, sun or rain…Rozenhoedkaai has the enthralling ability to always make a stunning impression.It should come as no surprise that this continuous to be one the most photographed spots in Bruges.
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