These are the essential places to visit in Bruges, ranked according to our opinion and liking: the most comprehensive guide of Bruges not to miss anything.
ESSENTIAL VISITS IN BRUGES
The Minnewater, or Lake of Love is the old port of medieval Bruges, where we find today swans instead of merchant ships navigating these waters. This lake is a source of numerous legends.
The beguinage is one of the most representative architectural complexes of Bruges, an environment rooted in the Middle Ages and immersed in a sea of tranquility. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It’s one of the most historic traditional breweries in Belgium, where the BrugseZot, the best known and most characteristic beer of Bruges is brewedin a traditional way.
St. John’s hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. It was built in the 12th century and has been used as a hospital until 1978. It is now the Memling Museum.
On the same location where the current Church of Our Lady is, there was formerly a Romanesque church. The present church was built between the 13th and the 15th centuries.
The canals of Bruges give the city the nickname “The Venice of the North". Navigating through them and discovering the most hidden corners of Bruges is almost a must to enjoy the essence of the city.
The Grote Markt or Market Squareis, without a doubt, its religious and political center. There, tourists and local people meet and cross their paths .
The belfry, with its well-known carillon bells, is the symbol of the cities in Belgium.
It is oldest parish church in Bruges. It was funded in the IX century, but it became the cathedral in 1834, when Saint Donaas Church, placed in the Burg Square, was destroyed during the French Revolution.
The Burg Square is the political center of Bruges. It is a lovely place where architecture lovers can enjoy the amazing mix of beautiful buildings and styles that tell us the long and amazing history of Bruges.