City Orientation Walking Tour, Brugge

City Orientation Walking Tour, Brugge
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Brugge Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Brugge Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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The famous medieval city of Brugge preserves many amazing landmarks within its walls. The grain mills will show you how flour was made, and the statues located around the city will reveal the lives of the important personalities of medieval Brugge. Take your camera and a look at the most fascinating landmarks Brugge can offer.

City Orientation Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour
Guide Location: Belgium » Brugge (See other walking tours in Brugge)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Author: HelenF
Grote Markt of Brugge

1) Grote Markt of Brugge (must see)

The Grote Markt is the central square of Bruges. It is flanked by several important historical buildings and is the starting point of walking tours around the city.

The first record of a market at this location dates back to the 10th century. A wooden market hall was built in 1220 that was later destroyed by a fire. Later a Water Hall or warehouse where goods could be loaded directly on boats sailing on the River Reie was constructed. At this time, it became a thriving fish market. The fish...   view more
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Provinciaal Hof

2) Provinciaal Hof (must see)

The city of Brugge boasts impressive medieval architecture mixed with some marvelous 19th century buildings. The Provinciaal Hof or Provincial Court is an astonishing Neogothic building. Located in the Grote Markt, it houses the headquarters of the government of West Flanders and the post...   view more
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Museum-Gallery Xpo Salvador Dali

3) Museum-Gallery Xpo Salvador Dali (must see)

In 1997, an exhibition of Dali’s drawings, oil paintings, and watercolors was presented in Brugge. After some years passed, the permanent Museum-Gallery Xpo Salvador Dali was opened in the Belfry of Brugge. This marvelous building, which hosts the surrealist collection, has rooms decorated in gold, shocking pink, and mother-of-pearl. The collection is accessible for everyone to see and makes Brugge an even more popular place to visit.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm,
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Belfry of Brugge

4) Belfry of Brugge (must see)

The Belfry of Brugge, or Belfort, is a medieval bell tower in the historic center of Brugge. 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 to the public for an entry fee, leads to the top of the 83-meter-high building, which leans about a meter to the east. The Belfry was added to the main market square...   view more
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Wolfgang Staudt
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Statue of Simon Stevin

5) The Statue of Simon Stevin

Simon Stevinplein in Bruges is named after and dominated by the statue of the Bruges-born mathematician Simon Stevin, best known for proving the law of equilibrium on an inclined plain. The bronze sculpture of Stevin stands atop a plinth made of Belgian bluestone measuring in total 3 meters high. It was erected in 1839 by resolution of The Bruges City Corporation and the provincial government of West Flanders. Many local Catholics initially opposed the installation while the liberally-minded...   view more
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Jim Linwood
St. Salvator's Cathedral

6) St. Salvator's Cathedral (must see)

The Saint Salvator Cathedral, the main church of the city, was not originally built as a cathedral. Initially, back in the 10th century, it was a common parish church. At that time St Donatian's Cathedral was the central religious building of the city. At the end of the 18th century the French occupants of Brugge evicted the bishop of Brugge and destroyed Saint Donatian's Church. In 1834, a new bishop was installed in Brugge and the Saint Salvator church obtained the status of...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Archaeology Museum

7) Archaeology Museum

The Archeology Museum of Bruges has unique interactive displays that not only show exhibits from excavations around the city but also gives an insight into the working of the science of archeology.

A row of ancient houses in Bruges were converted into the present Archeology Museum. A range of objects dating from the Stone Age to the 21st century are displayed here. The museum is unique and interesting because the reasoning behind the date of each object on display is detailed and visitors...   view more
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The Church of Our Lady

8) The Church of Our Lady (must see)

The Church of Our Lady in Brugge dates mainly from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Its tower, at 122.3 meters, is the tallest structure in the city and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world (the tallest being the St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Germany). In the choir space behind the high altar are the tombs of Charles the Bold, last Valois Duke of Burgundy, and his daughter, the duchess Mary. The altarpiece of the large chapel enshrines the most celebrated art treasure of the...   view more
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Bernt Rostad
Sight description based on wikipedia
Memling in Sint-Jan

9) Memling in Sint-Jan (must see)

Memling in Sint Jan is a museum located within the ancient St. Johns Hospital of Bruges, the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe. It dates back to the 13th century. The old hospital furniture and furnishings are carefully preserved and displayed in the museum within the old building. Visitors can see the preserved herb garden and apothecary, as it was in the ancient hospital, and the attic has one of the oldest roof truss systems in the world.

The St. John Hospital is adorned with...   view more
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Jim Linwood
St. Bonifacius Bridge

10) St. Bonifacius Bridge

The St. Bonifacius Bridge offers an attractive view of this old area of the city. It is quite pleasant to contemplate the canal when this spot is not too crowded. The bridge was built in 1910, but because of its style and construction design, it appears much older. It is located between Gruuthuse and...   view more
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Groeninge Museum

11) Groeninge Museum (must see)

The Groeninge Museum is the municipal gallery of fine arts in Bruges. Displays at the facility represent six centuries of Flemish and Belgian art.

The museum occupies land that once belonged to the Eeckhout Abbey, located in the Groeninge district of Bruges. The building was constructed between 1929 and 1930 to display the city’s art collections, especially the world renowned works by the Flemish Primitives. Paintings from the 14th to the 20th centuries are on display here with a focus on...   view more
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The Burg

12) The Burg (must see)

The Burg is a small square located in the heart of Bruges. It is flanked by many historic buildings and is the administrative center of the city.

The Burg is on the site of a former fortified castle built by Baldwin, the Iron Arm who was the first Count of Flanders. He constructed it to protect the land around from invading Normans and Vikings. The castle was built on a former Roman edifice. The city of Bruges grew around this castle making the Burg, the oldest location in the city. At the...   view more
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