The small town of Bruges is every traveler’s dream. Bruges is located in West Flanders and is known as one of the well preserved medieval towns all over Europe. There are many places to visit in Bruges on your next trip, and we have selected some of the most recommended places to see in Bruges for your next trip. Bruges is also known to be the home of one the great surreal artist Salvador Dali. If you are wondering what to see in Bruges, then you will be exhilarated to know that this city is filled with countless activities and attractions to pass your time. From learning about the small town, visiting their chocolate shops, going on morning tours and much more, Bruges has it covered.
Here is a list of places to visit in Bruges to have a close encounter with the culture and history of the Belgium’s tiny but stunning city. Take a look!
1. Basilica Of The Holy Blood
This holy place holds the relic of Christ and his blood which was collected by Joseph Arimathea and brought to Bruges from the Holy Land. The Basilica of the Holy Blood is considered to be one of the most religious places for Christians and any other visitor who has interest in exploring religions and its unique history. Basilica of the Holy Blood is just simply stunning.
It also houses two chapels, the lower level being very austere using minimal decoration, and the upper level is more colourful and also has a Gothic touch which can be seen in the details. Every day at the same time, the cloth and the holy blood of Christ is shown respect, hundreds of visitors line up to touch or kiss the cloth to be blessed by Christ. There are also many Bruges sightseeing tours which provide you tours covering all the historic and fun places to visit in Bruges.
Location: 13, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
Timings: 9:30 Am- 5 Pm
Entry Fee: INR 85.07
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2. Salvador Dali’s Exhibition
If you happen to be in Bruges, Belgium then you must definitely put the exhibition of Salvador Dali on the list of places to see in Bruges. Salvador Dali was a great painter known for his surreal paintings which showed his character and his vision through his moving artwork. The museum is located in Bruges most esteemed buildings known as the Belfry. This permanent exhibition featuring Salvador Dali’s artwork and life, is one of the most moving and unforgettable experiences to witness. Spend your time admiring his graphic works, sculptures, drawings and aquarelles. You should definitely not miss out on this audiovisual experience, it is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Bruges.
Location: 7 Belfort, Markt, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
Timings: 10 Am – 6 Pm
Entry Fee: INR 851.02
3. Burg Square
Bruges has surprises on every nook and corner of its town. From walking down a cobblestoned street inside the town’s old city center, and then finding yourself standing in the town square surrounded by old buildings which date back to the 2nd century. The Burg square is one of Bruges attractions that literally leave you awestruck, it features buildings which date back to the 2nd century. So you can just imagine the evolution of architecture here.
The most famous building in Burg Square is the city hall, this building dates back to the 15th century. And one of the largest buildings in the square is the Bruges City Hall. Bruges City Hall is renowned for its grand statues of the rulers of Flanders and also a few religious figures that are used as decoration. So, when you are out wandering around the small town of Bruges, make sure you take time to stroll down the Burg Square and witness the beautiful buildings.
Location: Burg 15, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: Free
4. Canals Of Bruges
One of the best ways to explore and experience Bruges is to take a boat ride through the canals of Bruges. Here you can either take a boat tour, or takea quite stroll around the canals which connect the city to the North Sea, playing a huge part in the city’s history. Today these canals are one of the main Bruge’s attractions that will be a perfect background for your Instagram story. One of the most favourite and popular places for photos is in the city by the corner of Rozenhoedkaai and Pandreitje which is directly facing the Dijver Mansions. Don’t forget to visit the love bridge here.
Location: Dijver Canal, Bruges
Timings: 10 Am – 6:00 Pm (March & November)
Duration: 30 mins
Entry Fee: INR 681.66
5. Bruges Market
Take a glance at the past when you visit the famous Bruges Markt, filled with tourists, pedestrians and bicyclists enjoying the beautiful sights of the Bruges Markt. A great place for starting friendly conversations with just about anyone and also learning, about the small town’s architectural wonders. You can get a quick bite to eat, while you read your book in one of the town’s most adorable cafes. Who wouldn’t want to add this place to their Bruges sightseeing list?
Location: Markt, central Bruges
Timings: Open 24 hours
There are numerous museums that you can see in Bruges, offering you great insight on the towns abundant history. Here are a few museums that you should add on your top places to visit in Bruges:
- Historium Bruges
- The Chocolate Museum
- Museum van de Sint
- Folklore Museum Bruges
All of these museums are known to be unique in what they have to offer. They all feature some of the rich collections of artwork, sculptures, folklore, chocolate and much more. Even though, there are about 26 museums in Bruges, we definitely think these museums should be visited at least once on your trip to Bruges.
7. Church Of Our Lady
Church of our Lady stands tall with a 112-meter-high spire and is one of the tallest found in Belgium. The excellent work dates back to 1230 with the outer aisles and chapels added in the 14 and 15th century. This beautiful church is home to a lot of treasures one of them being Michaelangelo’s Virgin and Child (1503-1504). This magnificent sculpture stands at the end of the south aisle altar. There are also many other beautiful pieces showcased in the church such as The Cavalry on the high altar, Adoration of the Shepherd and the famous Transfiguration of Christ.
Location: Djiver, central Bruges
Timings: 9:30 Am – 5 Pm
Closed On: 25/12 and 01/01
Entry Fee: Free
8. Rococo Lace Store
Bruges is also renowned for its beautiful laceworks made by the local lace markers of Bruges. There are still some shops that can be found in the town, which till date make and sell lace. Rococo’s Lace store has been in the lace making business since 1833. They offer some of the most contemporary lace works you can ever find, and if you have more time to spend in Bruges, you can also get your very own custom-made lace here. Rococo’s lace store also demonstrates how lace work is created, which is a great activity for kids to be a part of on your trip to Bruges.
Location: 9 Wollestraat, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
9. Halve Maan Brewery
If you are a beer lover, then you should definitely pay a visit to the Halve Maan Brewery dating back to 1856. The Halve Maan Brewery also known as The Half Moon Brewery, is one of the most traditional breweries found in Belgium. Here you can learn the complete brewing process by taking a tour around the brewery, taste their famous brews too. One of their famous brews being the BrugseZot and Straffe Hendrik Beer are two of the most historic brews which are still famous for their taste. These tours are usually very interactive and entertaining, so you can ask the brewer questions on anything about beer. Drinking delicious beer, learning about their famous brews and meeting like-minded people is just a jist of what you can do, when you visit the Halve Maan Brewery.
Location: Walplein 26, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Timings: 10 Am – 6 Pm
Entry Fee: INR 765.96
10. Chocolate Shops
If you’re a chocolate lover like us, then you must visit the Old Chocolate House in Bruges. Belgium is known to make the most delicious chocolates globally, so don’t miss out on your chance of visiting any local chocolate shop on the way and trying their specials. There are many famous chocolate shops which you can visit like the Old Chocolate House, the Chocolate Line and Oliver’s Chocolate.
The list just keeps on getting better with Bruges, Belgium. So don’t waste any more time contemplating your travel plans. Book your trip to Bruges with TravelTriangle and relax because we will take care of everything for you.
1. Brugse Zot Beer at Halve Maan. It is only made in Bruges
2. The exhibition on famous artist Salvador Dali at Belfry
3. Bruges Nightlife
4. Windmill Walk
5. Ice Sculpture Festival
6. Canal tour
7. Handicraft lace work products
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