About Bruges

Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. Its port, Zeebrugge, is an important center for fishing and European trade. In the city center’s Burg square, the 14th-century Stadhuis has an ornately carved ceiling. Nearby, Markt square features a 13th-century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and 83m tower with panoramic views. The Markt area also features horse-drawn carriage rides and 17th-century houses converted into restaurants and cafes. The Basilica of the Holy Blood houses a venerable Catholic relic, the focus of a huge parade every Ascension Day. Begun in 1220, the Church of Our Lady took around 200 years to build and is home to a “Madonna and Child” sculpture by Michelangelo. The Kantcentrum features lace-making demonstrations, while the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan brewery offers guided tours. Exhibits at the Groeningemuseum trace centuries of Flemish and Belgian painting.
Belfry of Bruges

Belfry also called Belfort is a medieval bell tower in the center of Bruges. One of the city's most prominent symbols, the belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other dangers. A narrow, steep staircase of 366 steps, accessible by the public for an entry fee, leads to the top of the 272 feet high building offering panoramic views of the city.

Groeningemuseum is a museum in Bruges, built on the site of the medieval Eekhout Abbey. It houses a comprehensive survey of six centuries of Flemish and Belgian painting, from Jan van Eyck to Marcel Broodthaers. The museum's many highlights include its collection of Early Netherlandish paintings, works by a wide range of Renaissance and Baroque masters, as well as a selection of paintings from the 18th and 19th century neo-classical and realist periods, milestones of Belgian symbolism and modernism, masterpieces of Flemish Expressionism and many items from the city's collection of post-war modern art.
St. Salvator Cathedral

Saint-Salvator Cathedral is the cathedral of Bruges, Flanders, in present-day Belgium. The cathedral is dedicated to the Verrezen Zaligmaker and Saint-Donatius of Reims. It currently houses many works of art that were originally stored in its destroyed predecessor, the Sint-Donaaskathedraal.
Old St. John’s Hospital

The Hospital of St. John was a medieval hospital in Bruges. It was founded in the mid-12th century. Located next to the Church of Our Lady, the premises contain some of Europe's oldest surviving hospital buildings. Today part of the hospital complex holds the popular Hans Memling museum, named for the German-born Early Netherlandish painter, where a number of works, such as triptychs are displayed, as well as hospital records, medical instruments, and other works of art.
Bruges City Hall

Bruges City Hall is one of the oldest city halls and is located in Burg square, the area of the former fortified castle in the centre of Bruges. The Gothic Hall is an absolute masterpiece with its late 19th-century murals and polychrome vault. The painted figures depict Bruges’ glorious past. The theme "citizens and government" sheds light on the eternal power struggle between the city government, the sovereigns, and the people of Bruges.

Gruuthusemuseum is a museum of applied arts in Bruges, located in the medieval Gruuthuse, the house of Louis de Gruuthuse. The collection ranges from the 15th to the 19th century. The museum displays both the interior of a house of a rich family as it would have been in the late Middle Ages and a collection of everyday tools and utensils. On display are furniture, bobbin lace, objects in gold and silver, weapons, musical instruments, and ceramics. The most famous object in the collection is the painted terracotta bust of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor from 1520, attributed to Conrat Meit.
Brugse Vrije

Brugse Vrije was a castellany in the county of Flanders, often called in English 'the Franc of Bruges'. It included the area around Bruges and was bordered by the North Sea, the Westerschelde, and the Yser river. The premises also boast an old assize court and a renaissance hall with a monumental timber, marble, and alabaster fireplace from 1528.
Provinciaal Hof

Provinciaal Hof is a Neo-gothic building on the market place in Bruges. It is the former meeting place for the provincial government of West Flanders. Both the exterior and the interior are in the Gothic Revival style. The central meeting room has ten sculptures of royalty by Hendrik Pickery, and mural paintings of famous people from West Flanders. A number of paintings can be found as well, including work by Joos de Momper, Jan Van de Putte, Jan Baptist van Meunincxhove, and paintings from the Romantic era.
Loppem Castle

Loppem Castle is a mansion situated in Loppem in the municipality of Zedelgem, near Bruges in West Flanders, in the Flemish Region. It preserves its original architecture and interior decoration. The castle has a richly decorated and furnished interior and houses a collection of works of art. The castle has a richly decorated and furnished interior, and houses a collection of works of art, and is surrounded by a romantic park with ponds and a maze, which has itself been designated a protected heritage landscape.

Markt or Market Square of Bruges is located in the heart of the city and covers an area of about 1 hectare. Some historical highlights around the square include the 12th-century belfry and the West Flanders Provincial Court originally the Waterhall, which in 1787 was demolished and replaced by a classicist building that from 1850 served as a provincial court and after a fire in 1878 was rebuilt in a neo-Gothic style in 1887. In the center of the market stands the statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck.
Best Time To Visit Bruges

The best time to visit Bruges is during the months of late spring and summer, namely the months between May and September.

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