Historic sites

Breathtakingly beautiful and picture postcard perfect, Bruges still testifies to a past steeped in history. Though quiet, atmospheric and arrested in time, it is also a highly convivial city.

  • Burg
    today: Open
    This place was already inhabited in the 2nd century AD, and in the 9th century it became the base of operations of the Count of Flanders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Markt
    today: Open
    Markt is dominated by its Belfry, for centuries the city’s foremost edifice and the perfect look-out in case of war, fire or any other calamity.
  • Vismarkt (Fish Market)
    today: Open
    At first, fish was sold on one of the Markt’s corners, but as the townspeople complained about the stench, the fishmongers were forced to move and sell their wares here.
  • Walplein
    today: Open
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