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Bruges: Chocolate Making Workshop and Chocolate Museum Entry

1. Bruges: Chocolate Making Workshop and Chocolate Museum Entry

Immerse yourself in Belgium's rich chocolate-making traditions with this interactive workshop.  Under the guidance of an expert chocolatier, learn how to make chocolate lollipops and mendiants, a traditional French confection. At the end of the lesson, savor the rewards of your efforts, or feel free to take your chocolates home with you. Finish your workshop with a self-guided visit to the chocolate museum. Inside, admire a wide range of interactive exhibitions which will bring to life the 4000-year-old history of chocolate in words, pictures, and flavors. Admire a private collection of artifacts with over 1000 objects housed in the museum.

Bruges: Historium Bruges Story and VR Ticket

2. Bruges: Historium Bruges Story and VR Ticket

Travel back in time to the Middle Ages! The Historium – Bruges’ most visited attraction – lets you step back in time. Get a glimpse of how lively Bruges was during the Golden Age in various ways. In the Historium Story you'll follow the love story of Jacob, Jan van Eyck’s apprentice, as you wander through this spectacular attraction with film, backdrops and special effects. In the interactive Historium Exhibition you will find additional information about Mediaeval Bruges or you can get started on the wacky Family Trail. Time travel back to the year 1435 in the Historium Virtual Reality and sail virtually into the port of Bruges! You will see how the Waterhalle and Belfort tower looked in the past and can fly over the Market Square to the former St. Donatian’s Cathedral. It is a truly exhilarating experience.

Bruges: Choco-Story Chocolate Museum Tour

3. Bruges: Choco-Story Chocolate Museum Tour

Cocoa has been tickling taste buds for centuries, from the spicy drink in the Maya and Aztec civilizations to the popular sweet chocolate milk in Europe. With more than three people out of four loving chocolate, it’s hardly surprising that there is an enormous fascination for this exquisite treat. This tour aims to bring to life the 4,000-year-old history of chocolate in words, pictures, and flavors. The museum submerges you in the exciting world of chocolate, taking you on a journey of the senses through time. Young or old, passionate chocoholic or simply just interested, the Chocolate Museum will stimulate your fascination. The museum is composed of three parts, telling the story of the origin and evolution of chocolate through a unique collection of almost a thousand objects. Besides the history, the museum also reveals how chocolate is made, with special attention for the variety of raw ingredients and the development of the production process. In the demonstration center you will uncover the secret of beautiful silky chocolate, getting the opportunity to taste the chocolate products made in the museum.

Bruges: Frietmuseum Entry Ticket

4. Bruges: Frietmuseum Entry Ticket

Answer all the questions that you have ever had about fries at the Frietmuseum in Bruges. Discover the origins of this globally beloved snack at the first and only museum dedicated to potato fries. Learn where the potato comes from, where fries where invented, and what the secret is to making the best fries. On the ground floor, learn about the fascinating history of the potato which originated in Peru more than 10,000 years ago. On the first floor, discover the history of fries and how they came to Belgium. Don't miss the chance to try some fries yourself in the medieval cellars of the building. This educational museum is housed in the Saaihalle, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bruges, which is an attraction in itself.

Bruges: Historium Bruges Story Ticket

5. Bruges: Historium Bruges Story Ticket

Travel back in time to the Middle Ages! The Historium – Bruges’ most visited attraction – lets you step back in time. See how lively Bruges was during the Golden Age in various ways. In the Historium Story, follow the love story of Jacob, Jan van Eyck’s apprentice, as you wander through this spectacular attraction with film, backdrops and special effects. In the interactive Historium Exhibition, find additional information about Mediaeval Bruges or you can get started on the wacky Family Trail.

Ostend: Mu.ZEE Belgian Modern Art Museum Entry Ticket

6. Ostend: Mu.ZEE Belgian Modern Art Museum Entry Ticket

Discover Belgian art history with a ticket to Mu.ZEE in Ostend and admire Belgian art from 1880 to today by artists who have contributed to Belgian art history. Find modern masters such as Victor Servrackx, Jean Brusselmans, Jules Schmalzigaug, Gust De Smet, Frits van den Berghe, Roger Raveel, and Raoul Kesyer. Admire works by contemporary artits such as Luc Tuyans, Panamarenko, Jan van Imschoot, Lili Dujourie, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Thierry de Cordier, Johan Creten and Benoit Plateus. Marvel at the museum building, housed in an old 1940s department store and designed by Antwerp architect Gaston Eysselinck. The modernist architecture is a highlight in itself. Summer exhibitions 2022: Joris Ghekiere: Journey on PaperJuly 2 – November 27 Leonard Pongo. Primordial EarthJuly 2 – November 13

Ostend: Private 2-Hour Art and Architecture Walking Tour

7. Ostend: Private 2-Hour Art and Architecture Walking Tour

Learn about the history, art, and architecture of Ostend on a 2-hour private walking tour. Visit the main attractions and get an in-depth look at this “city by the sea” with a local expert guide. You can choose to be picked up at your centrally located Ostend hotel or meet your guide in front of the main entrance of the Casino Kursaal Ostend. This casino and concert venue is a highlight of 1950s architecture. Inside explore artwork by famous Belgian artists, including murals by Paul Delvaux, ceramics by Pierre Caille, and frescoes by Marc Mendelson. Walk toward the Wapenplein plaza in the city center and continue on to the James Ensor museum, located in the house where the famous Belgian painter lived in the first half of the 20th century. Walk along the dike and pass various modern artworks that were part of the official selection for the Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea, as well as more classical sculptures, such as the Seamen’s Memorial. You’ll also make a stop at the Vistrap, an open-air fish market. Visit the neo-Gothic Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the main church of Ostend. Continue on to the marina to see the sailing ship the Mercator, which was built as a training ship for the Belgian merchant fleet and is now a floating museum. The final stop on the tour is the former post office, recognized as a great architectural achievement of the post-World War II period in Belgium and now serves as a cultural center.

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Super fun to do, we did this for a birthday (husband), reaction from him was that this was one of the nicest birthday presents. During the work shop; good explanation about products and how to process, a lot of (good) involvement of the work-shop leaders, also with examples. We enjoyed it very much and think it is worth repeating. The museum is also recommended, with a combination ticket, you can visit several museums, including the fries museum in Bruges. So if you're looking for something fun, go to Bruges. Greetings GJ

C’était trop bien ! Mettre la main à la pâte c’est toujours agréable, la demoiselle qui nous montrait comment faire était très gentille et lumineuse. On peut faire autant de chocolat qu’on veut, franchement c’est une activité à faire !

A great journey through the history of old Bruges! Recommended for everyone who is there for the first time. :)

Friendly, knowledgeable hosts, wine and cheese were lovely to enjoy during the 1 hour trip. Learned loads

Stay was very entertaining and you still learned a lot about the history of Bruges in the Middle Ages.