Bruges is a beautiful city in Belgium where tourism is extremely common from all around the world. It is a very historic and antique looking town with old buildings, scenic views, notable churches and so much more, and because of the fact that it is such a beautiful city, people from all over the world, want to come and experience the culture and life of Bruges.
There are many things to do in Bruges such as visiting the Belfry & Halle. It is definitely a site worth seeing as it dates back to 1248. The building is surrounded with a pictorial patio and also has a balcony that was once used by the City Fathers. The Belfry is Belgium’s largest Bell Tower and is a major tourist attraction till today. There are 47 bells that still hang from the tower even today. If you visit the top of the bell tower by climbing the 366 flight of stairs, you will be able to see the best view of the entire city of Bruges. Among other things to do in Bruges is to visit the Town Hall. It is also one of the oldest buildings in the city and dates back to 1376. You can go inside and visit the Gothic Hall which is located on the first floor and experience the stunning woodwork inside the building that was constructed in 1402. The Town Hall is located in central Bruges and can easily be found by tourists. Other than this, the Groening Museum is located near the Dijver Canal. The Museum holds a massive collection of old and modern art paintings and also beautiful views of Bruges. When you reach inside the museum, the first 5 rooms will catch your attention as they consist of paintings by Old Flemish painters.
When you’re in Bruges, it is a must for you to visit the Beguinage. This area has a beautiful view to look at from afar and up close. It is near the Minnewater which is known as the Lake of Love, and nearby is a Gothic Lock House. The house has a stunning view of the Bruges Beguinage where you can see all the white houses from the 17th century, which are surrounded by a garden of grass and lovely colorful trees with a patio. Now the houses are used by the Benedictine Nuns. One of the houses that lie between the gate and the church has now been turned into a Museum known as the Begijnhof Museum, where tourists can come and visit and learn more about the Beguinage life and culture. The Dijver Mansions are also an exciting site to see while in Bruges. The Mansion stands at the far end of the Dijver Canal and has a gorgeous view. Here you will find a collection of 15th century old buildings. A part of the mansion has now turned into a Museum called Gruuthusemuseum, where you will be able to find many antiques and artworks in 22 different rooms. Bruges has a lot to offer when it comes to tourism, and it is definitely worth the trip.
This impressive museum is housed in what used to be a palace belonging to one of the most wealthiest families in Burges. What makes Gruuthusemuseum so impressive? Well, for starters once you enter you will see that it is literally bursting with a rich collection that dates back to the 15th century. And the collection is so overwhelming; some criticize the place for not replacing certain relics. However it works for the museum, as the wonder in all of its artifacts on display still attract so many people every year.
There are so many things to do in Gruuthusemuseum. One of its most impressive galleries is the one where old tapestries are on show. Don’t forget that Burges was once a famous textile hub and those tapestries are exactly what got the place all the fame. The picturesque museum even has detailed alterpieces that you often see in cathedrals.
As part of other things to do in Gruuthusemuseum, you can browse through the ceramic and silver collection, as part of the domestic category. The objects on exhibit hail from places like Germany, Northern France, Delft, and Brussels.
This is considered one of the grandest and busiest places by the people of Bruges. Officially this is a market located in the town square of Bruges. Even though it is situated at the heart of downtown, it manages to encompass an area of 1 ha. On the southern side of the square you may find one of the most famous monuments around. For example you can actually walk towards the 12th century tower hall called Belfry.
If you have yet to visit the market that reeks of Bruge’s culture, know that there are so many things to do in Markt. Everywhere you turn you will be greeted by goodies on display and a various range of drinks that are a signature feature of the Belgian heritage. There are a total of 30 wooden huts that sell specialty foods, and are worth paying a visit to.
There is a great surprise awaiting you as you make your way deeper into the market. At the center of Markt there is an ice rink. During the holidays this place is bustling with people and a particular vibe of merriment in the air. There are just so many things to do in Markt during Christmas.
Provincial Hof is a neo-gothic building in Bruges. It is also a former meeting avenue for the government of West Flanders. If you look closely at Provinciaal Hof along with the post office and the Historium next to it, you will see that they represent the colors of a post office. The square that is situated right in front of it is pedestrian friendly and most that it allows are a horse and carriage.
There are tons of things to do in Provinciaal Hof. It was reconstructed after a fire demolished the original structure in 1878. At the moment it may appear old and have a history that goes way back, but the renovations have made it a new building. That being said, Provinciaal Hof still does not fail to add a regal charm to the entire market square.
The building takes up an entire side of the market as it was constructed in the 19th century. On the note of things to do in Provinciaal Hof, you have access to enter and browse around the building. You may even find some interesting facts that you were not aware of.
Like the name suggests the Basilica takes great pride in the fact that it is a religious center because of housing one relic of Christ, some of his blood which was collected by Joseph of Arimathea. The stories did revolve around the fact that the holy blood was in Burges in 1256. Another story says that it came from Constantinople after it was sacked in 1204. There are so many things to do in Basilica of the Holy Blood.
The eerie looking building stands looking apart from its neighbors so much that you will easily be able to spot it from a distance. It is located in the back corner of Burg square. The public has access to its lower chapel and an upper chapel that is more gothic with exquisite color and detail, while the lower level encompasses minimal decoration. There is a staircase made of brick that runs between the two, also subjected so many times to architectural photographers.
As part of things to do in Basilica of the Holy Blood, you can also explore the gilded statues that are here. Or the painted glass that tells a story.
If you are looking for a change from all the historical and cultural attractions in Burges, Boudewijn Seapark is the place to be at. The establishment is a marine and mammal park situated in the Sint Michiels. There are so many things to do in Boudewijn Seapark, and the best part is that you can take the entire family with you. Most of the entertainment avenues cater to children here. The administration itself boasts of the place to deliver an “unforgettable stay”.
Bruges as a whole looks like an open sky museum, and in the middle of it you find this incredible mammal park that simply lets one unwind and enjoy the water and so many of the interactive activities on offer here. Here is your chance to admire one of the most beautiful sights hidden in the city of Burges.
In your list of things to do in Boudewijn Seapark, add visiting the dolphin aquarium, the creatures are so friendly they just might let you take a picture with them. Visitors can even enter the water and touch and play with the dolphins if they like.