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Bruges: Boat Cruise and Guided Walking Tour

1. Bruges: Boat Cruise and Guided Walking Tour

Explore Bruges on a walking tour with a local guide. Learn about local history as you stroll through the heart of the city, then join a boat trip along the canals. Admire quaint homes and iconic landmarks from the water. Meet your guide in the Market for a guided tour of the city. Discover the narrowest street, the beautiful 12th-century basilica, and the golden statues on the impressive courthouse. Next, explore the old fish market surrounded by 126 columns. Your guide will show the highlights and a hidden garden of an almshouse. Then, embark on the second part of the tour. Board your boat at the quay for a cruise along the canals. Sail beside ivy-covered facades and under bridges as you learn about the beautiful sites from your captain. Admire the old trading houses at the former harbor and the Beguinage.

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

2. From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

Meet your guide in the center of Brussels and relax on the 100-kilometer journey to Bruges. Upon arrival, discover the charms of “the Venice of the North” and see why the entire historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at highlights such as the Lake of Love (Minnewater Lake) and the 13th-century Begijnhof complex, founded in 1245 to house lay religious women. Go to Walplein Square, where the shady trees and cafes provide a perfect place to relax. Visit Stoofstraat on the site of the city's former Red Light District, and see medieval monuments such as the 11th-century Old St. John’s Hospital. Look at the world's second tallest brickwork tower at the Church of Our Lady, and see other historic monuments such as Gruuthuse Palace, the Dijver Canal and the tiny piazza of Tanners Square (Huidenvettersplein). Go to one of the city's most photographed spots at Rozenhoedkaai, and admire the Belfry on Castle Square. Admire the facades of the Gothic-style Town Hall and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Visit Market Square (Grote Markt) to see the Bell Tower (Belfort) and Sint-Salvator’s Cathedral. Then enjoy 1-hour's free time for lunch (at your own expense) and the chance to sample some of the city's delicious chocolates.  Next, drive to Ghent, where the inhabitants have been popularly known as "noose-bearers“ since the days of Charles V. Take a guided tour of the city's historic buildings, such as the Castle of Gerald the Devil and Saint Bavo Cathedral, where you can look at the painting “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. Admire the Belfort (Bell Tower) and peculiar Gothic and Renaissance-style Town Hall. See one of the city's oldest monuments at St. Nicholas’ Church opposite the unusual facade of the Masons’ Guild House. Journey along the embankments of the medieval port of Graslei, and discover other highlights such as the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders, the charming Patershol neighborhood, the Great Butchers’ Hall, the Old Fish Market, and Friday Market Square.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Bruges

3. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Bruges

Embark on a day out to Bruges from Amsterdam and discover the World Heritage Site. See the romantic Lake of Love, walk around the Burg Square, and enjoy some free time to taste the Belgium beers. Depart from the center of Amsterdam in a comfortable and airconditioned bus. Learn from your guide all about the historic center of Bruges and why it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Start your tour with an introduction to the history of Belgium and Bruges. See the Lake of Love and the Begijnhof, founded in 1245. Visit the historic city center, learn more about Belgium’s world-famous beers and see the Church of Our Lady. Admire one of the most charming areas, around the Dyver canal. Continue your walk to Walplein Square, the Stoofstraat, Gruuthuse Palace, Burg Square with its Gothic Town Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Grote Markt with the Belfort. The tour finishes in the Grote Markt, in the heart of Bruges. Get recommendations on where to eat, drink and shop during your 3 hours of free time in the city. Sit back and relax as you head back to Amsterdam, where the tour ends.

From Amsterdam. 12-Hour Guided Day Trip to Bruges

4. From Amsterdam. 12-Hour Guided Day Trip to Bruges

Discover the old-fashioned charm of Bruges on this guided tour from Amsterdam. Ride in a comfortable and air-conditioned coach and See sights like the Minnewater lake, Gruuthuse Palace, and the Grote Markt on a guided tour and have free time to explore the sights on your own.  Depart Amsterdam and journey to Bruges to see the UNESCO World Heritage monuments with an English-speaking guide. Get an introduction to the history of Belgium as you visit attractions such as the "Lake of Love" (Minnewater) and 13th-century Begijnhof. Learn more about the beers of Belgium and admire the brick tower of the Church of Our Lady. Explore the charming area around the Dyver canal, and then stroll the cobbled square of Walplein.  Wander the narrow lanes of the Stoofstraat and discover the Gruuthuse Palace, Burg Square, and Basilica of the Holy Blood. End in the Grote Markt and get 3 hours of free time for lunch or to visit the chocolate and lace shops independently.

Bruges: Musea Brugge Card with Entry to 12 Museums

5. Bruges: Musea Brugge Card with Entry to 12 Museums

Make the most of your time in Bruges with the 72-hour Musea Brugge Card and get access to the city's top 12 museums and monuments, including Belfort, City Hall, Museum of the Church of Our Lady, Groeninge Museum, Liberty of Bruges, Sint-Janshuis Mill, Our Lady of the Pottery, Folk Museum, and more. Enjoy the diversity of the collection of sites – from the Flemish Primitives to contemporary art, from classic fine arts to archaeological finds, furniture, and folklore – Musea Brugge has something for everyone. Gain insight into Brugge’s art, culture, heritage, and people with free entry to the following attractions: • Arentshuis • Belfort (Belfry and Carillon) • Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges) • Gezellehuis (House Gezelle) • Groeningemuseum (Groeninge Museum) • Gruuthusemuseum (Gruuthuse Museum) • O.L.V.-kerk Museum (Museum of the Church of Our Lady) • O.L.V.-ter-Potterie (Church of Our Lady of the Pottery) • Sint-Janshospitaal (St John’s Hospital) • Sint-Janshuismolen (Sint-Janshuis Mill) • Stadhuis (City Hall) • Volkskundemuseum (Museum of Folk Life)

Bruges: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. Bruges: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

Discover Bruges, a growing tourist destination in Belgium, for the beautiful medieval town center still intact. Customize this private tour to your interests and comfort, such as walking, coach or driving. With the plethora of museums in Bruges, the highlights of museums and popular restaurants will be recommended to help you establish your visit in Bruges. See the old facades reflect in the canals and give Bruges its charm. Find out why the entire town center is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Admire beautiful buildings, stately churches, wandering canals and picturesque alleys. Enjoy a boat ride along the canal, and relax while seeing the sights. Purchase lunch and catch a boat ride during the break.  See the Lake of Love, the Beguinage, the Walplein with the de Halve Maan brewery, the St. John's Hospital with masterpieces by Hans Memling, the Church of Our Lady with Michelangelo's Madonna, the Gruuthuse Museum and the Dijver with the Groeninghe Museum, The Tanners' Sqaure, The Fish market, The Burgplein with the town hall, the Market Square with the Belfry, the Cloth Halle, the former post office and the guild houses along the way.

Bruges: Bike Tour of the Old Town and St. Anna's Quarter

7. Bruges: Bike Tour of the Old Town and St. Anna's Quarter

See more of Bruges with a bike tour through the highlights of the historic center and the windmills and canals in St. Anna's quarter. Stop to take a picture of the castle by Minnewater lake. Meet your local guide and pick out a bike that suits you. Ride past the towering Belfry of Bruges and the medieval Gruuthuse palace. Pause to admire views of a red-brick castle by Minnewater lake. Peddle by windmills that were built on top of the city walls. Head to the four surviving medieval city gates in the city to get an idea of what the old city fortifications were like. Continue to to the garden district of St. Anna. Cycle along the old harbor to taken in views of houseboats. Smell the bread as you pass an old bakery. See local street art and a colorful mural.

Bruges: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

8. Bruges: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Bruges’s city plan hasn’t changed since the middle ages. On this walking tour, you’ll get to peek behind the curtain of history to see what life was like back then, on a journey through time. You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in medieval Bruges where, through stories and quirky facts, you’ll get an understanding of what this city once was, and still is, all about. You’ll visit all the main sites and lesser known ones too. You’ll venture into little alleys, squares, inner courtyards and secret inner gardens that most visitors don’t see. By the end of the tour, you’ll know: • Why pigs were banned from the streets in the middle ages and Bruges still keeps swans in its canals • The barbershop symbol’s connection to a medieval hospital • Exactly where within the city you were considered safe from the law • Why Bruges’s citizens are called “the fools” • How a heroic blind donkey got a street named after him • The reason sightings of witches and angels could have been real • Why urine was traded in one tiny square, and where sayings like “piss-poor” originate from I’m a traveler and I started Legends Tours with a friend after years of taking tours and realising that I only remember the quirky, interesting facts along the way. Legends Tours brings history to life through entertaining stories, so after this tour you’ll be sure to have plenty of fun facts to share with others. This tour suits first time travelers, Bruges locals, folks interested in history, and even quickly bored kids. Allow at least 90 minutes for the tour but feel free to take your time, linger in some of the bars and restaurants en route, and take as many photos as you desire.

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What people are saying about Gruuthusemuseum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 891 reviews

The excursion has been amazing, even despite the bad weather we've had, and it's all been thanks to our guides Edu and Isabel. Very friendly, attentive at all times, the truth is that our experience with them has been excellent. We would repeat without a doubt. The return trip has flown by chatting with Edu and Fran the driver. That said, a 10 for the whole team!

Such a great experience! So easy, getting driven to and from Bruges was comfortable and felt quick. The tour was great and we learnt a lot about the history of Bruges. It was great to get free time too to be able to explore on our own. Definitely recommend this tour for people unable to rent cars in europe but who want to explore different countries and cities close by.

Very interesting walk despite the rain that accompanied us throughout our journey. The boat trip with Captain Marc was tinged with humor and stories, a perfect mix. Anne, our guide in French, was very interesting and invested in making us discover and love the city to the point of wanting to come back.

Excellent guides on both the walking portion and boat portion of the tour. This is a great way to see all of the sights in Bruges.

So glad we booked this tour, it was really informative. The guide, I think Gia, was brilliant. Brugge is very beautiful!