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Bruges: Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels in English

1. Bruges: Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels in English

Depart the Belgian capital in the morning and transfer to the charming town of Bruges. Upon arrival, see why the entire historic center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go to the Lake of Love to see a calm oasis in the heart of the city. Marvel at the 13th-century Begijnhof,  covered in a carpet of daffodils in the spring. Continue to the quiet, paved square of Walplein, and stroll down the narrow Stoofstraat. See sights such as the 800-year-old St. John’s Hospital, and the imposing façade of the Church of Our Lady. Learn the history of the opulent palace of Gruuthuse, and walk alongside the banks of the Dijver Canal. Other highlights include the charming canal-side houses of the Rozenhoedkaai, the tiny square of the Huidenvettersplein, and the site of the 1st count’s castle on Castle Square.  Then, enjoy 2 free hours for lunch and explore the city as you please. Taste some of the exclusive chocolates of Bruges and pop into some of the legendary lace shops. Transfer back to Brussels, with an approximate 6:00 PM arrival time.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

2. From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

Travel to the medieval city of Bruges by train and take a 2.5-hour walking tour with an English-speaking guide on arrival. Marvel at the Minnewater that provides water to the canals and see the historical women-only convent of the Beguinage. Visit the city's only working brewery at De Halve Maan and get the chance to look inside the Hans Memling museum at the 12th-century Hospital of St. John. See one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world at the Church of Our Lady, where Michelangelo’s statue of the Madonna with Child can be found in the transept. Get a feel for everyday life at the historic Vis Markt (Fish Market) and look at the beautiful guildhalls on Tanners’ Square. Visit the Groeningemuseum and find one of Belgium's most famous Gothic buildings on the Markt (Market Square). Get 3 hours of free time to explore on your own. Take an optional canal cruise to appreciate the city from a different perspective before the train journey back to Brussels.

Medieval Bruges: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Medieval Bruges: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Get off of the well-trodden tourist trail and venture into the heart of medieval Bruges on a self-guided tour. Wander down picturesque streets and go back in time with a mobile audio guide and an old city map from 1562. Discover the Sint Anna Quarter, Market Square, Huis Ter Beurze, along with hidden gems. Pass by main sites like Market Square where the tour starts, but be prepared to come across lesser-known landmarks. See the remnants of the 12th-century city walls and a medieval tower. Venture over 700-year-old bridges and into little alleys, forgotten squares, secret inner gardens, and hidden monuments. Along the route, find out what Bruges was like in its glory days as a medieval metropole. Explore one of the city’s most authentic neighborhoods, the Sint Anna Quarter, and learn what the area – and its high unemployment rate in the 1800s – has to do with Bruges La Morte. Follow the map to reach Café Vlissinghe, the oldest continuously operating bar in Bruges, and the Museum of Folk Life. The tour ends at the old Bonne Chière windmill where you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view over the medieval metropole. On the way, find out the little corner of Bruges where the stock exchange was invented, and why St Gilis canal was renamed the Golden Hand Canal. Learn what medieval sanitation was like in the olden days and the origin of sayings like "shitfaced". Pass by haunted houses and uncover their ghost stories. See where the witches of Bruges used to gather. Understand it was like to live in a medieval wooden house and work in the old harbor. Get to know why the city had an Italian Quarter, Spanish Quarter, Easterling Quarter, and English Quarter.

Full Day Private Excursion to Bruges as from Brussels

4. Full Day Private Excursion to Bruges as from Brussels

Bruges is often called the Venice of the North, and today on your full-day tour, you'll discover why. You'll begin your day with an early-morning transfer from Brussels, where you'll step out into beautiful Medieval streets. The day begins with a 30-minute cruise on the famous canals, during which your guide will point out iconic bridges and buildings, giving you a great overview of this lovely city. After your boat ride, it's time to head to the Groeninge Museum, where you can discover Belgian painters from the 15th century until today, boasting plenty of Flemish Primitives like van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hugo van der Goes, Hans Memlling and Pieter Breughel. In the modern art section we find Paul Delvaux, René Magritte, Constant Permeke and Gustave van de Woestyne. Once you've had your fill of the art gallery, it's time to head up the Dijver. Here you can uncover a wonderful college of Europe, where graduates and post-graduates debate the future of the European Union. It's time for lunch, and we'll dine on a fabulous Belgian 3-course meal. After lunch, you'll head to the Burg Square, with its prestigious Gothic Chamber of the Town Hall. Your guide will point out interesting facts and relics of this ancient chamber, before leading you on to Market Square. Here, you can listen to the spectacular 47-bell carillon, one of the best in the world. Along the way, you'll also have a chance to stop at Zand Square and St. Saviour Cathedral. At 17:00 we'll transfer back to Brussels.

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What people are saying about Grote Markt

Vita was excellent ! She had a lot of interesting information about the town and was very friendly. She invited us to eat lunch with her at the end of the tour. My only piece of advise it to bring some change as the bathrooms in Bruges charges .50 (which I was unaware)

this was a lovely day out, I'm glad that I went for Brugge only as it would have been to rushed and I wouldn't have been able to go inside certain venues and explore myself.

It was a great experience, great tour guide and atmosphere! Highly recommend to visit Brughe and Gent. These two cities are very different but both are absolutely amazing!

It was really fun, Bruno was an amazing guide and went the extra mile for us. awesome!

Informative tour and very inclusive of Bruges. Fabio is great.