The highlights

You’ve only really seen Bruges if you’ve visited the classics. From the Rozenhoedkaai and the Market Square, through the Lake of Love and the canals, to the Beguinage, the almshouses and much more. Iconic sites that give the city its look and charm you instantly. Now centuries old, now dazzlingly young, but always exceptionally impressive. Not to be left off your to-do list!

  • Rozenhoedkaai (Rosary Quay)
    today: Open
    Welcome to the city’s most popular spot for photography, a centuries-old Instagrammable hotspot.
  • Begijnhof (Beguinage)
    today: 06:30 - 20:30
    The 'Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde' with its white-coloured house fronts and tranquil convent garden was founded in 1245.
  • Burg (Burg Square)
    today: Open
    The Market Square is the heart of Bruges, but the Burg Square is its soul.
  • The Flemish primitives
    During Bruges’ Golden Age, the 15th century, the fine arts prevailed.
  • From the 13th to the 15th century, Bruges was an important trading centre at the crossroads between the Hansa cities of Scandinavia, England and Germany (known collectively in those days as the ‘Easterners’) and the most important commercial regions in France, Spain and Italy.
  • Canals of Bruges
    The canals have for centuries been the veins of the city, winding through Bruges and treating you to another magnificent view around every bend.
  • O.L.V.-kerk Museum (Museum of the Church of Our Lady)
    today: 09:30 - 17:00
    The 115.5 metre-high brick church tower, the second tallest of the world, illustrates the craftsmanship of the Bruges builders.
  • Godshuizen (Almshouses)
    today: Open
    These charitable dwellings were built from the 14th century onwards.
  • Concertgebouw Brugge (Concert Hall)
    today: Open
    This international music and art centre is one of the 1001 buildings you must see before you die. It is a place that offers the very best in contemporary dance and classical music.
  • Markt (Market Square)
    today: Open
    The beating heart of Bruges has long been dominated by the Belfry, 83 metres high and the city’s most prominent building.
  • Minnewater (Lake of Love)
    today: Open
    A romantic hotspot par excellence!
  • Gruuthusemuseum (Gruuthuse Museum)
    today: 09:30 - 17:00
    In the museum you can journey through three crucial periods in the history of Bruges.
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