Bruges Landmarks

THE 10 BEST Bruges Sights & Historical Landmarks

Bruges Landmarks

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  • TRACY H
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fabulous place to visit. Ideally, you need two nights to be able to explore all the nooks and crannies, do the museums and enjoy some R & R.
    Mostly on the flat, it’s a pleasure to walk around, however with cobbled streets throughout, it’s probably not the easiest place for wheelchair users. Use caution in pavements and crossing roads, as there are many bikes, electric bikes, cars and scooters stealthily whizzing about. Highly recommend starting your trip with one of the 30 minute canal tours to get your bearings and find out about a few highlights. Plenty of walking tours and horse & cart tours are available too.

    Parking is free in the areas outside the peripheral road. There are park and rides available, but it’s a pleasant walk into town so we didn’t use them, just walked in, left our luggage at the hotel and started our adventures.

    Enjoy!
    Written June 15, 2024
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  • Benson40
    London29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit. Superb views. Really interesting bell tower. Be aware the steps up to the bell tower are steep and narrow - my 84 year old mother only managed to get as far as the two rooms and didn’t make it up the final 300+ steps to the top.
    Written June 6, 2024
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  • T D
    Philadelphia, PA4,343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Grand Place is beautiful! The whole Old Town is charming and small. You can walk thru the old town within 2-3 hours. Many eateries, souvenir shops and beer shops. Horse carriages are there for your Fairytale touch!
    Written June 3, 2024
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  • James G
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tucked away in a corner of the Burg square, this is a little gem. Exquisite and beautifully restored medieval chapels with interesting back story. Try to visit at either end of the day when the crowds aren’t there.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • T D
    Philadelphia, PA4,343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Square is beautiful! Many old buildings - beautiful architecture! There might be many tour groups arriving at the same time but find your moment for your photo ops once they leave. Worth it!
    Written June 7, 2024
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  • tk3232
    Sugar Land, TX4,019 contributions
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    The more popular name of this sight is Begijnhof, which were built to house women of the lay order, called Beguines. To reach this place you must walk 10 -15 minutes from the city center towards Minnewater lake ("Water of Love") - one more beautiful place.
    Begijhof has several sight here. We came here to visit the museum go get a sense of Beguine life. According to our guidebook, the museum was supposed to be open every day except Sunday, but this turned out not to be the case. On the contrary, it is only open on Saturday and Sunday. Fortunately, the Benedictine nuns gather at 11:55, proceed though the garden (almost every day) to capella and one of those told us about it. I had the chance to talk with this nice woman in French and not only about the opening hours of the museum.

    Also other sight is the church with peaceful interior (was open), with its carved pulpit and tombstones on the floor. On the right wall is an 800-year-old golden statue of Mary, don't miss it. The courtyard (open always, free) has the atmosphere may make you fold your hands as you walk under its wispy trees. And of course, another pearl that cannot be missed if you are here, just south of the Beginhof is the waterway called Minnewater, an idyllic world of flower boxes, canals, swans and beautiful park around.
    Written October 16, 2023
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  • Peter B
    Cincinnati, OH432 contributions
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    The church itself is very nice, but not necessary to see. But the Michelangelo statue is a peer of his Moses and Pieta. There is a small charge to get into see the side chapel that houses the statue, and a place to sit quietly and contemplate it.
    Written May 24, 2024
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  • David N
    Brisbane, Australia1,751 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This outstanding building is what city halls should represent of their city. This building highlights how beautiful Bruges is and sits proudly as another one of the outstanding buildings in the city
    Written October 4, 2023
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  • James P
    Cambridge, UK2,653 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cathedral is close to the centre of the town - a grand building - formally the parish Church, now the cathedral. Definitely worth an hour to look round.
    Written June 13, 2023
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  • pakabay
    Adelaide, Australia2,507 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I don’t think that I can add anything original to this iconic location other than: a) it is as stunning as it looks b) you will not see it alone but with dozens or hundreds of other tourists, I’ve just returned from this spot, it’s just after 20:00pm on a Monday night in March, and there were a couple of dozen people there c) it is worth it and finally, if you can, spend more than a day here.

    We came for a day last April, off a cruise sh, and we are just ending a 5 night stay and haven’t seen or experienced it all.

    Get out a little bit. We have walked everywhere and it doesn’t take long to leave the UNBELIEVABLE crowds behind. It is wit it. It is beautiful.
    Written March 25, 2024
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  • Padtabman
    Tadcaster, UK46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive experience based around the family since Mediaeval times. The Jerusalem Chapel is magnificent. There is a story of the life of one family member during their time in Bruges, Scotland and on a 14 month pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Well worth a visit
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, CA4,174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stumbled unto this famous bridge and waited our turn for the required photo opportunity. It’s located behind the old hospital and is extremely photogenic. It’s a great town to just wander about in no particular direction - it’s all good.
    Written May 1, 2024
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, CA4,174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked around the outer canal and visited three of the windmills - way bigger than I expected. Nice parkland surrounding and leading up to these historic artifacts. It’s a ways outside the old town section, but, once you’ve run out of options, cruise over here for something unique.
    Written May 1, 2024
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  • Trainbleu
    Brussels, Belgium36,813 contributions
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    The ‘Oude Civiele Griffie’ (1537) on the Burg square is one of the oldest Renaissance building in Flanders. However, it’s present-day beautiful façade seems to be the result of a historicist reconstruction by city architect Louis Delacenserie in 1875 and later renovations. The statues, which were destroyed by the French revolution, were replaced by new gilded statues by Hendrik Pickery in 1883.

    The main sight is the former Aldermen’s Chamber of the Liberty of Bruges, both government and court room. It’s an opulent Renaissance room with a coffered ceiling, wood-panelling, wall hangings and paintings. The most impressive feature is the monumental and intricate 16th century mantelpiece, a tribute to emperor Charles V and the Hapsburg dynasty. We had a closer look at it because of its historical value, but found it rather awful. There is way too much going on. A central oak statue represents Emperor Charles V surrounded by the coats of arms of the many regions he ruled over, interspersed with putti. He is flanked by the statues of his paternal and maternal grandparents. Portrait medallions show the emperor’s father, mother, sister and aunt, commander Charles de Lannoy, and King Francis 1 of France, husband of the emperor’s sister Eleanor.

    Under the wooden upper part an alabaster frieze telling the biblical story of Susanna - unjustly accused of adultery by two elders, but rescued by Daniel's cross-examination - reminds the aldermen of their responsibility. The four chubby putti decorating the corners of the mantelpiece represent the judicial virtues of temperance, prudence, justice and strength. The black fireback, finally, shows a wild man and a wild woman with three thistles between them holding the coat of arms of the Liberty of Bruges.

    On the opposite wall there are portraits of the descendants of Charles V: Philip II, Isabella and Archduke Albrecht, Philips III, Philips IV, Charles II, Charles VI and Maria Teresa. On a desk there are three historic silver ink stands. The tasselled cord next to one of them is connected to a bell that was used to call people into the Aldermen’s’ Chamber. We tried to imagine how the waiting accused must have felt by looking at a painting in the museum. It shows the public execution by hanging on the Burg square in 1767 of an old man found guilty of fraud by the Council of the Burgomasters and Aldermen of the Liberty of Bruges.
    Written January 4, 2023
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an early 17th-century church northwest of the Sint-Annarei canal in the Historic Centre of Bruges. It is of Gothic architecture but with Baroque features adorning the interior of the church. Opening hours are now 1pm to 5pm daily (free entry).

    The exterior is of brick facade dominated by a tower with spire. There is a niche with a statue figure of St. Anne just above the entrance as well. The interior features a decorative marble rood screen along wooden paneling, pulput and confessional booths. Murals adorn the nave walls while the main altarpiece is very beautiful with striking Baroque features.

    In the end, St. Anne's Church is beautiful church although it is slightly beyond the reach of many tourists who only have time to explore the main sightseeing area around Grote Markt and Burg Square. If you are in Bruges for a few extra days and want to explore the St. Anna's Quarter, this is a good church to find and visit.
    Written November 7, 2022
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