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Top 11 Things To See and Do in Bruges, Belgium

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

Thinking of a trip to Bruges? We have prepared a list of places to visit in Bruges for you. Bruges is one of the most exclusive cities of the Flemish region in the north of Belgium. It is so artistic that you can feel medieval there.

We had a lot of fun writing Bruges, I hope you like this beautiful city.

1. Markt

We start our list with Plaza Gran Mercado, a popular square in Bruges. Around the square is the 12th-century bell tower and West Flanders County Court. You can find many restaurants here. We recommend going early as it is a crowded area.

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2. Basilica of the Holy Blood

The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a Roman Catholic basilica. Built-in 1291, the basilica was developed in the 15th century. It is believed that some blood of Jesus is here, and it has gained a reputation for this aspect. In addition, many objects brought from the crusade are found here. This precious basilica is among the places to see in Bruges!

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3. Belfry of Bruges

The Belfry of Bruges is a medieval bell tower. The 13th century Bell Tower is one of the most beautiful places to watch this historical city, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can reach the top of the tower by climbing 366 steps.

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4. Church of Our Lady Bruges

We definitely recommend you to visit The Church of Our Lady, which has a place in the city skyline to its 122-meter tall tower. This elegant church was built in the 13th century. It is ranked second in the world in terms of height among its brick-built congeners.

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5. Choco-Story

Let's sweeten your trip to Bruges. Operating in the 16th-century Huis de Crone on Sint-Jansplein, the museum provides guests with valuable information on how world-famous Belgian chocolates are made. You can also taste these chocolates in the workshop!

6. Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Besides waffles and chocolate, Belgium is also famous for its beers. In the factory, which has been transmitted by the Maes Family for centuries, you can take guided tours and get unique information about every stage of the beer-making process.

7. Sint-Salvatorskathedraal

St. Salvator's Cathedral, decorated with details, is the oldest religious building in the city. The cathedral, which was built in the 12th century, is one of the places you must visit in Bruges with its imposing tower and the artifacts it contains. If you visit the treasury of the cathedral, you can see valuable works of Flemish painters.

8. Historium Brugge

Historium Brugge is a great museum for travelers wondering about the city's golden age! You can learn about Bruges in the Middle Ages and watch the impressive cityscape. To do this, you have to climb the 145-step ladder and reach the area at the top of the tower.

9. Canals

Canals can be an indispensable part of the list of places to visit in Bruges. The canals, which gave Bruges the nickname "Venice of the North", were built in the 12th century to facilitate commercial activities. If you want to feel the medieval atmosphere more intensely, you should take a romantic stroll on the canals! You can see special places like the St. Boniface Bridge and Minnewater from different angles.

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10. Museu da Tortura Oude Steen Bruges

Museu da Tortura Oude Steen Bruges is the creepiest place you can visit in the city. While wandering here, you can come across all kinds of torture devices. Yes, it's not a place for everyone, but you know medieval.

11. Minnewaterpark

Minnewater Park or Lake of Love. The park, which reflects Bruges in the Middle Ages and is one of the important stops of boat tours. Only 20 minutes from the city center, the park attracts couples with its romantic atmosphere!

It hosts a music festival every year in July and hosts a flock of swans, which are among the symbols of the city.

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11. Sint-Janshospitaal (Museum)

St John's Hospital was established in the 12th century. This hospital which is now a museum, offers its visitors information about how healing was given in hospitals in the Middle Ages. It has lost almost nothing of its original appearance.