Bruges Top 10
Collected by Patrick Rogers , AFAR Contributor
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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