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Filled with cobblestone streets lined with pristine canals and perfectly-preserved almshouses, Bruges has a magical feel that makes it seem as if it came straight out of a fairytale. Rich in history and culture, you’ll never run out of things to do in Bruges! Visit the Belfry of Bruges for panoramic views of the city Sint-Salvatorskathedraal for artwork, or the Markt for a taste of local cuisine. A trip to the Lake of Love in the heart of Minnewater Park is also a must when there’s good weather. For more ideas on what to do in Bruges, check out our guide below:

Markt

With its numerous restaurants known for delicious cuisine, proximity to the Belfry of Bruges, it’s no surprise that the Markt is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bruges. Formerly the venue of medieval festivals and tournaments, this market square still bears traces of its historical past - try going on a horse and buggy ride and admire the medieval architecture from inside the carriage! There’s also an ice rink at the Markt, as well as a market selling fresh produce and snacks like waffles every Wednesday.
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Belfry of Bruges

Dating back to the 13th century, the 83-meter-tall Belfry of Bruges stands prominently over the Markt in the city center. As you climb up the tower’s 366 steps, you can explore the treasury, which formerly held the city’s coffers, and listen to the melody from the carillon. Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with an uninterrupted view of beautiful Bruges! To avoid the tower’s long queues, try to visit the Belfry of Bruges in the morning, before you go see the rest of the city.
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Church of Our Lady Bruges

Witness the craftsmanship of Bruges’ builders with a visit to the Church of Our Lady Bruges, a Gothic church that dates back to the 13th century. The church features a 115.5-meter-tall brick tower and a museum with masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of “Madonna and Child” and Caravaggio’s “Supper at Emmaüs”. You’ll also find sepulchers from the 13th century, as well as the tomb of Mary of Burgundy, former Duchess of Burgundy. Though a separate ticket is required to enter the museum, its rich contents make it worth it!
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Groeninge Museum

Explore the history of Belgian art at the Groeninge Museum, which showcases the works of artists during the era of the Flemish primitives. With stunning art pieces from Hieronymus Bosch, Jan van Eyck, and many other painters from this era, it’s a must-visit for all art aficionados! To learn more about the collection, make sure to go on a self-guided tour using the free audio guide, where you’ll learn the story behind each painting.
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