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Visit Bruges ’The Beautiful’

Monuments and landmarks

Monuments and landmarks

 

Sights


Top 10 attractions of Bruges. 

The historic city centre was added to the Unesco’s World Heritage List. The
current city boundaries still coincide exactly with those of the medieval city
centre, and the spaces and structures that were so typical of Bruges in the past
have been preserved.

This, however, does not mean that there is no room for modern architecture
and modern work and living spaces.

Take your time to walk through busy squares, refreshing parks and quiet,
intimate cobbled streets, and do not forget to visit the modest almshouses as
well as the imposing patrician’s homes!

 

Ten Irresistible Bruges Classics

 

The Flemish Primitives : world - famous art from Bruges
Admire the unique and world-famous collection of pictures by the Flemish
Primitives in the very city where they were painted. Or do you prefer
ground-breaking contemporary art scene, or perhaps poignant and romantic
folklore or majestic town palaces? The Bruges Museums will happily serve all
your needs.
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Sixteen locations

One of the great charms of the museum collection of the City of Bruges is its
splendid diversity: from the Flemish Primitives to contemporary art, from
classic ‘fine arts’ to archaeological finds, furniture, silver, folklore… In
short, something for everyone!

> Artistic works from the 15th to 21st century are grouped in the
Groeninge Museum and the Arentshuis.

* Groeningemuseum:
The permanent collection offers a rich and
fascinating array of artworks from the southern Netherlands (Belgium) over a
period of six centuries.

* Arentshuis:
In Arents House there are both various exhibitions of
among others the rich drawing collection of the Steinmetzkabinet and a permanent
presentation around the British-Bruges artist Frank Brangwyn.

 

> The Bruggemuseum (Bruges Museum) is a general title encompassing
all the different historical museums: Gruuthuse, Onthaalkerk Onze-Lieve-Vrouw
(Welcome Church of Our Lady), Archeologie (Archaeological Museum), Gentpoort,
Belfort (Belfry), Stadhuis (Town Hall), Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges),
Volkskunde (Folklore), Molens (Mills: Sint-Janshuis Mill and Koelewei Mill),
Gezelle and Lantaarntoren. Here you can find a veritable treasure trove of art
works and each collection tells the history of Bruges from a different point of
view.

 

> Hospitaalmuseum is the collective name for two historical
hospitals: the 8 century old Saint John’s Hospital, which is now known as
Memling in Sint-Jan museum and O.L.V.-ter-Potterie (Our Lady of the Potteries).
Memling in Sint-Jan is famous for its collection of paintings by the great
master of the Flemish Primitives, Hans Memling, while O.L.V-ter-Potterie is
better known for its Baroque church and its outstanding silverwork.

 

The Canals of Bruges : the city’s arteries
Experience the city by following an age-old tradition. Cruising Bruges’
canals - these remarkable city arteries you will discover secret gardens,
picturesque bridges and wonderfully beautiful still lives. Although it sounds
incredible, Bruges’ loveliest places ooze even more charm when you admire them travelling by boat.
The Beguinage and Minnewater
Hushed beauty Some places are so beautiful that you will have no choice but
to fall silent. The beguinage is such a beauty spot. When you amble through its
quiet inner court, its purity will leave you speechless. Therefore take your
time and while away along the romantic Minnewater where you will fully enjoy the age-old view.
The Centuries-old Bruges Skyline
Welcome Church of Our Lady (Onthaalkerk Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ), Belfry, Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. Three spires dominate the Bruges skyline each in their own way. The imposing Belfry has been the proud symbol of Bruges’ independence for centuries. The stiff climb up its stairs will be rewarded with an unforgettable
panorama. The brick tower of the Church of Our Lady – the highest of its kind in Europe – exemplifies the craftsmanship of Bruges’ artisans. The spire of Saint
Saviour’s Cathedral has recently been completely renovated.
Fly over Bruges in a hot air balloon
Burg and City hall : medieval opulence
The Burg is one of the city’s handsomest squares. For more than six centuries
Bruges has been governed from its 14th-century city hall, one of the oldest and
most venerable in the Low Countries. All this time this remarkable historic
building has dominated this majestic square. Nowhere else will you be able to
experience the city’s wealth and affluence so strongly.

Almshouses (Godshuizen): charity frozen in stone 
Godshuizen are tiny villages within the city’s ramparts. That’s how these
medieval residential courts are best described. Centuries ago they were built
out of mortar and charity. Today their picturesque gardens, whitewashed façades and glorious silence are the city’s havens of peace par excellence.

Bruges’ City Festivals
Infectious ambiance From the MA Festival’s ancient music and the rousing
world music sounds of the Bruges Festival to the rocking Cactus Festival, the
swinging Klinkers and the impressive film experience of Cinema Novo. Throughout the year the city’s festivals guarantee a wonderfully infectious and varied ambiance that’s impossible to ignore.

The World ’s Capital of Chocolate
49 chocolate boutiques, the chocolate museum
Choco-Story
, a chocolate trail and a chocolate fair. It goes without saying
that Bruges is the world’s capital of chocolate. The only way to discover this
tasty universe is by eating and sampling chocolate, of course.

Bruges’ Cultural Shrines : culture with a capital C
Bruges offers the possibility to experience culture under the best possible
conditions. What about an opera at the state-of-the-art Concert Hall? Or perhaps a ground-breaking performance at the theatre? It is absolutely no coincidence that this grand building is one of Europe’s best preserved city theatres. Whatever you choose, you will be assured of a great time in an exceptional setting. Concertgebouw

Lissewege : one of Flanders’ prettiest villages
Barely a handful of bicycle miles from Bruges, the fine polder village of
Lissewege welcomes you with open arms. With its charming canal, its renowned
barn complex of the Abbey of Ter Doest, its whitewashed polder cottages, its
imposing church steeple and its vast flowering meadows, it is no coincidence
that Lissewege was elected one of Flanders’ prettiest villages.www.lissewege.be

 

Museums

Bruges boasts quite a few museums that attract thousands of visitors every
year.


Beguinage and museum

The ‘Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde’ with its whitewashed housefronts,
tranquil convent garden and beguinage museum was founded in 1245. Today the nuns of the Order of Saint Benedict inhabit the site. The Beguinage entrance gate closes without fail at 6.30 p.m.

Opening hours
Monday-Saturday : 10.00-17.00 h.
Sunday : 14.30-17.00 h.

Prices
The beguinage : free
Beguine’s house: 2 euro;
youngsters: 1 euro; 65+: 1,50 euro.  Free with Brugge City Card

Address
Begijnhof, Wijngaardstraat, 8000 Brugge


Bladelin Court
Built ca. 1440 by Pieter Bladelin, treasurer of the Order of the Golden
Fleece. The walls surrounding the charming inner garden show nice stone
medallions representing portraits of the former inhabitants.

Opening hours
Inner garden : free entrance
Mo - Sa : 9-12 a.m. & 2 - 5 p.m.
The building : 2 Euro (reservation required : tel. +32 50 33 64 34)

Address
Hof Bladelin, Naaldenstraat 19, 8000 Brugge

 

Basilica of the Holy Blood
Double chapel.
On ground level : St. Basil’s Chapel (1139-1149) in roman style. The first floor chapel, converted into gothic style in the 15th century, contains a.o. the famous Relic of the Holy Blood (worship : every Friday). Church services on Sundays: 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. The museum displays the reliquary of the Holy Blood, clerical vestments and paintings.

Opening hours
April-14th October : 9.30 a.m.-12.00 a.m. & 2 p.m.-5 p.m
15th October-March : 10 a.m.-12.00 a.m. & 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Closed:1st January, 1st November. Winter:Wednesday afternoon

Entrance fee
Chapel: free
Treasure-chamber:
Individual : 1,50 euro, Students : 1,00 euro.  Children < 12 y. : free.
Free with Brugge City Card

Address
Burg 10, 8000 Brugge, website: www.holyblood.org

Choco-Story
A great experience! You are immersed in the ancient Mexican world of the
Mayas and the Aztecs for whom chocolate was the drink of the gods and cocoa
beans a means of payment.

The chocoholic gets to find out all about the production of chocolate
truffles, chocolates, hollow figures and bars of chocolate.

Opening hours: daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Closed: 1/1-13/1, 10-21/01,
24, 25 and 31/12.

Entrance fee
Individual: 7,00 euro
Students, seniors: 6,00 euro
Children (6-12 y.): 4,00 euro
Children < 6 years: free
Brugge City Card: free

Address
Sint-Jansstraat 7b, 8000 Brugge
www.choco-story.be

Dali Xpo Gallery
Admire the fantastic collection of world-famous graphic art, sculptures and
drawings by the renowned Salvador Dali inside the Belfry.  All works are
originals without a fault, authenticated by the Fundació Gala Salvador Dalí.
The collection is presented in a sensational Daliesque decor of mirrors and
gold, mother-of-pearl and shocking pink.

Open
Daily : 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.  Closed: 1.1 en 25.12.

Entrance fee 10 euro
65+ and students: 8 euro
children < 12 y. : free
Brugge City Card: free (from January 2010)

Address
Markt 7, 8000 Brugge.
www.dali-interart.be

Diamond Museum 
This museum illustrates you the extraordinary history of Bruges as Europe’s
oldest diamond centre. Visitors obtain information on the mysterious world of
the diamond, one of Belgium’s most important export products.

Opening hours
Daily from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.  Closed: 1/1-13/1; 24-25/12.
The daily diamond cutting demonstrations start at 12.15 p.m. and 1.15 p.m. during weekends and daily in May, July and August. On weekdays during the other months only at 12.15 p.m. (Your presence is required 15 minutes in advance.)Free with Brugge City Card

Address
Katelijnestraat 43, 8000 Brugge, T. + 32 50 34 20 56, F. + 32 50 33 63 26
www.diamondmuseum.be  info@diamondmuseum.be
 

Expo Picasso
The historic site of the former Hospital of Saint John (Old Saint John’s)
hosts a permanent exhibition of more than 120 original works of art by Pablo
Picasso.
Admire the engravings and rare illustrations as well as the drawings
and ceramics of the world-famous artist. The exhibition outlines the evolution
in his work: from his Spanish period to cubism to surrealism.
Works by some of his artist friends such as Matisse Miró, Braque, Rodin, Chagall.

Open
Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except Tuesdays
Closed: 8th January - 7th February

Price 8 euro
60+ and youngsters between 7 and 18: 6 euro
children under 7: free
combination ticket Expo Picasso/Dali
Xpo-Gallery: 15 euro
60+ and youngsters between 7 and 18: 11 euro
Free with Brugge City Card

Address
Site Oud Sint-Jan, Mariastraat 38, 8000 Brugge
www.expo-brugge.be

 

Ter Doest
Former Cistercian abbey (12th century) of which a massive 13th-century gothic
barn, part of the older farm with pigeon-house (1651) and a monumental entrance gate (1662) still exist.

Opening Hours
Visit gothic barn (13th century)10.00 a.m.-7 p.m.

Entrance fee
Free entrance

Public Transport
Bus nr. 791 Brugge-Zeebrugge (leaving from Bruges Railway station)
Train: Bus stop Railway station Lissewege

Address
Abdij Ter Doest, Ter Doeststraat 4, 8380 Lissewege

English Convent
Typical domed church (1736-1739). T. + 32 50 33 43 35

Opening hours
The Church is open from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. / 4.30 p.m.-5.30 p.m.
Closed each 1st Sunday of the Month (except on Catholic public holidays)

Address
Engels Klooster,Carmersstraat 85, 8000 Brugge. T. + 32 50
50 33 24 24

The Frietmuseum (museum dedicated to Belgian Fries)
The museum is located in the Saaihalle, one of Bruges’ oldest and best
preserved historical buildings (1399).

The Frietmuseum is unique in the world. It is the first museum that shows the
entire history, from the origin of the potato to the first fries. Visitors will
be able to see an interesting collection of machines used for the cultivation,
harvesting, peeling, sorting and frying of potatoes. The museum, however, also
focuses on Belgian fries in art, in music and on film.

After the museum tour, the visitors will be able to taste the real Belgian
fries, with delicious sauces and all sorts of meat preparations, in the
mediaeval basement. The Frietmuseum will open at the beginning of May 2008, the year of the potato. A nice confluence of events.

Opening hours
Daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Closed: 10-21/01.

Entrance fee
Individual: 6,00 euro
Groups, students, seniors : 5,00 euro
Children (6-12 y.) : 4,00 euro
Brugge City Card: free

Address
Vlamingstraat 33, 8000 Brugge.
www.frietmuseum.be

NEW IN 2012:Historium
The Historium catapults you back to Bruges’ Golden Age.
Special effects, moving pictures and pieces of scenery breathe life into the year 1435.
A thrilling love story awaits you: take a walk around the port of medieval
Bruges, take a look in the studio of the great painter Jan Van Eyck and inhale
the atmosphere of the city’s streets.

Would you like to recover from all these exciting impressions? Then enjoy a beer at the Historiumcafé with its breathtaking panorama of the Markt.

Open
Opening autumn 2012

Address
Markt 1, 8000 Brugge,
www.historium.be

Lace centre and Jerusalem Church
The Lace Centre is housed in 15th-century almshouses commissioned by the
Adornes family, who also built the Jerusalem Chapel. Lace demonstrations are
regularly given.The shop sells all kinds of lace paraphernalia.

Opening times
Monday-Saturday: 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Closed on 25th December, 1 January, Sundays and public holidays.

Prices
Admission :€ 3,00
65+, students and children 7-12: €
2,00, children under 7: free.
Brugge City Card: free

Address
Peperstraat 3a,
www.kantcentrum.eu
visits@kantcentrum.com

Lumina Domestica
The Museum of Lighting lets you experience the entire history of artificial
lighting. This long story begins with the torch and the oil lamp and evolves
over more than 400.000 years to the electric bulb and the LED. The visitor has
access to the world’s largest collection of lamps. It comprises more than 6,000
items.

Opening times
Mon-Sun: 10.00 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed: 10-21/01 & 24, 25 & 31/12

Entrance fee
Individuals : 6 euro
65+ & students : 5 euro
Children (6 - 12 j.): 4 euro
Children < 6 years : free
Brugge City Card: free

Address
Wijnzakstraat 2 | City centre
8000 Brugge
tel. & fax 050/61 22 37
www.luminadomestica.be
info@luminadomestica.be

St. George’s Archers Guild 
The crossbow archers of St. George’s preserve valuable archives as well as a
unique collection of crossbows.

Opening hours
Daily on request T. + 32 50 33 54 08

Entrance fee
Individual: 2,00 euro
Groups (+ 15 pers.): special rates

Address
Sint-Joris Gilde, Stijn Streuvelsstraat 59, 8000 Brugge.
Tel. 050/33.54.08

St. Saviour’s Cathedral
Bruges’ oldest parish church (12th-15th century). Worth seeing are the
gobelins, mausoleums in the choir, rood-loft with organ (1619-1717), choir
stalls and numerous fine paintings.

Cathedral ’s treasury: Paintings by, among others, Dirk Bouts, Hugo van der
Goes, manuscripts, copper memorial plaques and silver and gold artefacts.

Opening hours
Cathedral:Monday-Friday : 9-12 a.m. & 2-5.30 p.m.
Saturday : 9-12 a.m. & 2-3.30 p.m.
Sunday: 9-10 a.m. & 2-5 p.m.

Treasury: Sunday - Friday : 2 - 5 p.m.
Closed : January

Entrance price
Cathedral and Treasury: free

Address
Steenstraat
www.sintsalvator.be

St. Sebastian’s Archers’ Guild
The members of this ancient and honourable long-bow archers’ guild treasure
valuable paintings, important archives and reminders of the membership of
Belgian and British monarchs.

Opening hours
Summer: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10.00 a.m.-12.00 noon
Saturday: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Winter : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Address
Sint-Sebastiaangilde, Carmersstraat 174, 8000 Brugge
T. + 32 50 33 16 26
www.sebastiaansgilde.be
 

Public Observatory Beisbroek
The sun, stars and planets can be observed at the Publlic Observatory. You
will be initiated into the secrets of the fascinating night sky with the modern
Zeiss planetarium, an interactive exhibition and a well-equipped
observatory.

Opening hours
Nature centre
April-Novembre: Monday-Friday: 2 p.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
March: Sunday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Planetarium
Wednesday: 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Friday: 8.30 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m. and 16.30 p.m.

Entrance fee
children: 3 euro
adults: 4 euro

Address
Stedelijk Domein Beisbroek, Zeeweg 96, 8200
Sint-Andries. T. + 32 50 39 05 66, info@beisbroek.be
www.beisbroek.be