The Highlights of Bruges: History & Legends

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  • 2 hr

Walk around Bruges with a local guide, explore the historic centre and travel back in time to the golden days of Bruges. Our guide will tell you interesting facts and stories of love, glory and fortune, but also of intrigue, war and conflict. He or she can also advise you on where to eat and where to drink during your stay. By the end of the tour you'll know more than a local! IMPORTANT NOTE: Our guides are volunteers who offer tours for tips. The fee paid in advance only covers the cost of booking via this platform.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: The Markt

We start here with an introduction about the history of Bruges and the role the city played as a trading hub in medieval times. We also go deeper into the troublesome relationship between the city of Bruges and the French king.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Belfort

We visit the halls behind the bellfry and explain you the important role the tower has played during the Middle Ages.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gruuthusemuseum

This newly renovated city palace belonged to a wealthy family in Bruges, who held a monopoly on a specific part of the beer trade. Our guide will tell you all about it.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sint-Janshospitaal

We make a stop at the magnificent hospital of St John, one of the oldest still exisitng hospitals in the world and one of the cornerstones of medieval society.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde

We'll take you for a walk into the picturesque beguinage, the biggest of its kind in the world, where a community of ladies have lived together for over 800 years.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: De Halve Maan Brewery

We stop in front of the brewery to tell you the story of how the people of Bruges got the nickname 'Fools of Bruges' and to show you a piece of the beer pipeline that flows beneath our city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Minnewater Lake

By the Lake of Love we tell you the story of why we have swans on the canals of Bruges and how the city got into a conflict with Emperor Maximilian of Austria.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk

We'll tell you the story of this iconic church, which is the 2nd tallest brick tower in the world and houses a statue by Michelangelo as well as the tombs of the last Dukes of Burgundy.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Groeningemuseum

We venture into the garden of the Groeninge Museum, where some of the works of the biggest Flemish masters are on display.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Huidenvettersplein

We take you to the old Tanner's square, where the smelly business took place of greasing skins and turning them into leather.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Burg Square

After passing by the old Fishmarket, we end the tour on the Burg square, the political heart and birthplace of the city of Bruges.

Duration: 15 minutes
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