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Markt 20, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
A fairy-tale city must have its fairy-tale square—and this is it. Located in Bruges's center where the tight web of quaint streets and lanes opens up to breathe, gabled mansions stand shoulder to shoulder and colorful pennants flutter in the...
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Nieuwstraat 11, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Touring Bruges by boat is one of the city's prime pleasures, offering an up-close view onto the endlessly intriguing streetscape. The typical half-hour circuit meanders at a leisurely pace through waterways built hundreds of years ago to connect...
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Climb the 336 steps to the top of Bruges's original tourist attraction, the 83-meter medieval bell tower that rises above the main square. The views across the city to the windmill-studded ramparts beyond are spectacular. On the narrow, steep...
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Wijngaardstraat 7-9, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Beer is more than a thirst quencher in Belgium, it's part of the national culture. This family-run brewery has produced local ales for centuries, by six generations of the current owners, the Maes family. They invite you to indulge in nostalgia,...
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For centuries Sint-Janshospitaal was a refuge for the poor and sick, although today it shelters precious inmates of another sort. Housed in the canalside jumble of medieval buildings is a stellar modern art collection, plus six works by the Early...
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Mariastraat, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
One of the church's most celebrated treasures has also been the most poorly guarded: Not once but twice, a diminutive marble sculpture of the Virgin and Child by Michelangelo has disappeared—first carried off by French revolutionaries and then by...
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Before hops came into vogue, brewers used gruit, an old-fashioned herbal mix, to give beer its flavor. This medieval mansion is the house that gruit built, and contains all the trappings of a wealthy family in the Middle Ages, including tools,...
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If romantic Bruges hasn't already won your heart, catch a taxi to this quiet park in the south of the city. Legend has it that this is the final resting place of a virtuous maiden from Roman times who defied her father's wishes by marrying a...
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Located on the outskirts of Bruges, this neo-Gothic castle owes its storybook design to British architect Edward Welby Pugin, whose father built London's Houses of Parliament. Inside, the art collection and pristine furnishings of the wealthy Van...
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Markt 1, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
A museum like no other, Historium offers an immersive taste of life in 15th-century Bruges, when the small city in modern-day Belgium was Europe's biggest commercial center. A one-hour audio tour ushers visitors through reconstructions of a...