Historic Walking Areas in Bruges

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Historic Walking Areas in Bruges

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  • tk3232
    Sugar Land, TX3,828 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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  • julia
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    This is a wonderful walk from the city center. I would definitely recommend making the 15-20 mins. Also a great bike ride.
    Written February 2, 2024
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,555 contributions
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    This is a small garden slightly away from Bruges' tourist area. That said, it is still a popular place with many going for the iconic lover bridge. Great to take a respite from the crowd.
    Written June 10, 2023
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,065 contributions
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    This is a quaint, atmospheric square in the southern part of the Historic Centre of Bruges. Here you will find a handful of eateries with outdoor seating, the local De Halve Maan brewery and brasserie, a fun German Christmas shop called Kathe Wohlfahrt as well as the whimsical statue called Zeus, Leda and Prometheus en Pegasus.

    Walplein is very near to Minnewaterpark and Begijnhof to the southwest of the square and can be easily visited by those entering the historic city centre from the south and Station area. It is a place worth making time to find this place for these wandering the streets and exploring the lovely city of Bruges.
    Written November 3, 2022
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  • tk3232
    Sugar Land, TX3,828 contributions
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    This tiny, picturesque, restaurant-filled plaza housing six restaurants for different tastes and budgets. Located between Vismarkt (Fish Market) and canal view Rozenboedkaai street. All restaurants/cafes open all day and evening. We visited two different restaurants and both was filled with nice atmosphere and tasty food. One was restaurant t'Huidevettershuis with panoramic view over water canal, and other one next door to it - French restaurant Duc de Bourgogne.
    If you come here from Burg Square, then right at the entrance to Huidenvettersplein, you will see one of the piers where you can buy tickets for a boat ride along the canals of Bruges.
    Written October 9, 2023
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  • Tess W
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    Arriving in Bruges after spending a few days in crowded Amsterdam felt like a breath of fresh air. We arrived on a somewhat gray and drizzly day, but it did not detract from the good feelings we had. For me, it was love at first sight. I instantly fell in love with Bruges and all that it had to offer. Starting with checking in at one of the most elegant and most comfortable hotel we have ever stayed in, the historic Duke’s Palace Hotel.

    We quickly strolled to the Markt, Bruges most famous picturesque square ringed with the beautiful guild houses, and a number of restaurants on one side, each one adorned with the freshest and most colorful spring pansies. The square was not thronged with tourists and felt very warm and welcoming.

    As we continued our exploration each day, we fell more and more in love with the city, with its beautiful churches, notably the Church of Our Lady which houses the Madonna of Bruges, the only Michelangelo statue sold outside of Italy during his lifetime, the much adored and visited Basilica of the Holy Blood, and Sint Salvator Cathedral. Most restaurants offer very good delicious food at reasonable prices, shopping in the lace and tapestry stores was enjoyable and unhurried. One cannot fail to mention Belgium’s famous waffles. We were told again and again that the best to be had was in Bruges.

    As we got more comfortable, we started taking long walks in the streets away from the square, more residential in nature and discovered centuries-old buildings standing side by side with facades adorned with unique architectural features and adornments. This is how we discovered Bruges lovely hidden canals like Agustinjnenrei and Groenerei.

    We were somewhat reluctant to leave this very charming and walkable city behind, but after years of planning to go, we were glad that we finally made it. And now we are already thinking of going back because there was one quarter of the city we failed to explore, the north quarter. Visitors should try to make time for this reportedly lovely and attractive area.
    Written June 10, 2023
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,065 contributions
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    Wijngaardplein is an interesting location near the northern end of Minnewater where you find some nice sightseeing opportunities, beautiful scenery as well as restaurants if you want to spend more time in the area.

    At the southern end of Wijngaardplein you'll find the quaint Sashuis, a historic lock house at the northern end of Minnewater, whereby the smaller canal begins its approach north. There is a bust monument of Flemish writer Maurits Sabbe nearby.

    As you walk norther along the beautiful canal here you approach a junction where horse carriages congregate. You will see a fun Horse Drinking Fountain and typical charming bridge to the left making way to the historic Begijnhof, a popular sightseeing attraction.

    In addition to the horses, you will almost certainly see a fair number of swans at Wijngaardplein. They seem to be at this location year round and nearly at all times, making use of the grounds near the canal or swimming nearby. I can't recall passing by in the past and not seeing them here.
    Written October 31, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,065 contributions
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    The Oude Beursplein is now something of an overlooked square in the Historic Centre of Bruges. Situated at the corner of Geauwwerkersstraat and Vlamingstraat, this was the financial capital of the city in the late Middle Ages where many foreign merchants vied their trade. It is also believed to be the location of the world's first stock (exchange) market at the 13th-century Huis Ter Beurze (Van der Buerse House). Those who trade stocks will be familiar with the term Boerse. This is where it comes from.

    In addition to a rich history of being the origins of international stock exchanges, there are some interesting old buildings on the square including the Genoese Lodge and Florence Lodge on which flank the mentioned Huis Ter Beurze. These date back t the Middle Ages as well. You will also see the 19th-century Koninklijke Stadsschouwburg (Municipal Theatre) which includes a fun sculpture of Papageno from Mozart's Magic Flute.

    You can conveniently view the buildings at Oude Beursplein and visit the old Genoese Lodge which is presently where the Friet Museum is housed, on your way to the equally impressive and scenic Jan Van Eyckplein if sightseeing historic attractions and locations north and east of the main sightseeing area around Grote Markt and Burg Square.
    Written November 7, 2022
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