Guide Location: Belgium » Brugge
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
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This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Brugge Map and Walks" in Google Play.
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.
Tour Stops and Attractions
1) Minnewater LakeThe Minnewater is a canalized lake. Because of the idyllic surroundings it is mostly referred to as "the lake of Love", the Dutch word "Minne" meaning "love". The many resident swan couples form the finishing touch to its romantic character. The lake was used as a water reservoir, to keep the water of the canals at a constant...
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2) St. Bonifacius BridgeThe 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...
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3) The Statue of Simon StevinThe bronze statue of scientist, Simon Stevin dominates the Simon Stevinplein in Bruges. It was erected to commemorate the scientist best known for his proof of the law of equilibrium on an inclined plain.
The Bruges City Corporation and the provincial government of West Flanders decided to erect a statue of the Bruges born scientist and mathematician, Simon Stevin in 1839. Many catholic members opposed the installation of the statue while liberals were in favor of installing it in memory of...
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4) Grote Markt of BruggeThe 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...
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5) The BurgThe 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...
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6) The Statue of Jan Van EyckThe Statue of Jan Van Eyck is located in a square called the Jan Van Eyckplein in Bruges. It was erected as a memorial to the best known exponent of the school of art known as the Flemish Primitives.
Jan Van Eyck was not born in Bruges but spent a large part of his life here. He died in 1441 in the city and was buried in the St. Donatius Church. The church was later destroyed by French troops. He is regarded as the founder of the early renaissance also called the northern renaissance style...
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7) KruispoortKruispoort or Cross Gate is one of the few surviving city gates of Bruges. It is the best preserved among the four medieval gates of the city.
Kruispoort was erected around 1297 when a second city wall was built around Bruges. At first, there were eight gates that served as entrances to the city of which only four survive today. The present Kruispoort is not the original one but a structure constructed in 1402. It was designed by architects, Jan van Oudenaerde and Maarten van Leuven. In the...
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8) Windmill De Bonne ChiereLocated a few meters away from the Kruispoort is the most southern windmill in Brugge, De Bonne Chiere. In the past, Brugge was well-known for its mills, which numbered about 25. Today, only four remain, located along the Kruisvest Street. De Bonne Chiere is the first you will see on this tour. It was initially built in Olsene, in 1888, and was moved to Brugge in...
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9) St. Janshuis MillThe St. Janshuis Mill is one of the medieval flour mills in Bruges that has survived in its original location till today. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
The St. Janshuis Mill or St. John’s Mill gets its name because it once supplied flour to the St. John’s Hospital. It is located on the banks of a tranquil canal on the ramparts of the original city fortress. There was a mill at the site from 1297. The old structure was destroyed by a storm in 1744. The...
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10) Koelewei MillKoelewei Mill is another mill that had to say farewell to its birthplace and move to a new home. Built in 1765, today it can be found not far from the Dampoort, where it was relocated in 1996. Together with St. Janshuis Mill, Koelewei Mill, which is the most northern, is a piece of the city's heritage. The mills are open to the public and are still in a functioning...
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