The Venice of the North
In Bruges you can lose yourself in another time, wandering the maze of winding lanes or drifting along the canals of its medieval core, the whole of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can also have a wonderful time discovering the fascinating stories behind the products for which Belgium is famous, in an unexpected array of museums.
For sparkle visit the Diamond Museum, and for exquisite artistry the Lace Center. At Choco-Story, learn all about chocolate’s origins and production.
And for lots of fun and more tempting tastes, don’t miss the Frietmuseum, dedicated to Belgian Fries, and presented with no doubt as to who actually invented this universally adored snack.
Market Square sits at the center of the ancient walled city of Bruges, lined with 17th century gabled houses, the Government Provincial, and dominated by the 14th century Belfort. Climb the 350 steps up the belfry to enjoy panoramic views of the city, and listen for the renowned 47 bells that ring a variety of melodies.
The Basilica of the Holy Blood sits next to the Town Hall and consists of a 12th century Romanesque Lower Chapel (housing the relics of St. Basil) and a 15th century Gothic Upper Chapel (housing the basilica’s best-known relic, that of the Holy Blood). The building is also home to the Heilig-Bloed Museum, which exhibits vestments, religious paintings, and statuary.
A guided walk through the historical center will introduce you to this exquisitely preserved medieval town. Explore major sights, including the Market Square with its Guild houses, the Belfry Tower, Burg Square and Chapel of the Holy Blood. See the beauty of medieval Bruges from a different perspective from the canals and waterways of the city.About Land Discoveries + Book Now +
Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium At a glance