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Covered with Ivy, Brugge, Belgium
cosmopolitan and bourgeois given its compact size, Bruges (official
name in Dutch: Brugge) is one of the best preserved pre-motorised
cities in Europe and offers the kind of charms rarely available elsewhere.
Part of Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium, Brugge is
a postcard perfect stop on any tour of Europe.
self-catering accommodation in Brugge /
of Markt Place, Bruges, Belgium
|The historical center is
not so big and thus quite walkable. The only mode of public transport inside
city is bus. Buses are operated by the Flemish public transport company
De Lijn. Taxis on the market place and station cost about 10 euro.
Once over the circling canal
and inside the city walls, Bruges closes in around you with street after
street of charming historic houses and a canal always nearby. In recent
years, the city has turned so much towards tourism the locals sometimes
complain they are living in Disneyland. The newly cleaned houses should
however not confuse you; they are truly centuries old. And if you can get
away from the chocolate-shops, you can visit some more quiet areas s.a.
St. Anna, and imagine what life in the late middle ages must have been
Bruges is visited by a huge
number of tourists and it sometimes becomes quite annoying, especially
around the Markt and Burg squares. The important thing to remember, however,
is that very few tourists venture far away from the main shopping area,
so if you want some peace and quiet you should simply explore the many
small cobbled streets away from the main squares... read
Groeninge Museum, Dijver
12 | B-8000 Bruges. 7 days 9.30am-5pm. Known as 'The city museum of Fine
Arts', it houses a collection of artworks that span several centuries (14th-20th),
focusing mainly on works by painters who lived and worked in Bruges. €
8 / € 6 (audioguide and ticket Arents House and Forum+ included in
the entrance). (51.2061, 3.22639)
Basilica of the Holy Blood
(Heilige Bloed Basiliek), Burg 10, April-September 9.30am-11.50am &
2pm-5.50pm, October-March 10am-11.50am & 2pm-3.50pm. A beautiful church
on the Burg square. It houses a relic - a vial of blood that is said to
be that of Jesus - and was built in the Gothic style. Try and get there
early so you can view the chapel when it is quiet and not filled with tourists.
And don't forget to visit the chapel underneath, in heavy Romanesque style
- a contrast to the lovely light Gothic above.
A fascinating church with architecture from the Romanesque and Gothic periods.
In the east end of the church are very fine tombs of Charles the Bold and
his daughter Mary of Burgundy - in contrasting Gothic and Renaissance styles,
despite their superficial similarity. The church also houses a small but
lovely Michelangelo sculpture of the Virgin and Child.
In a quiet area of the city, a highly unusual church with octagonal tower
built by the Adornes brothers, merchants of Italian extraction. It includes
a fine black tournai marble tomb, late Gothic stained glass, and a tiny
and rather spooky chapel containing an effigy of the dead Christ. The entrance
fee also covers the Lace Museum in the former Adornes mansion.
The Begijnhof or convent,
between the centre of the station and the city, with white painted small
houses and fine plane trees, is a quiet place to walk - groups are discouraged.
The Hospital of St John
or Sint-Janshospitaal contains a museum of paintings by Hans Memling,
within the early medieval hospital buildings.
Choco-Story Museum, Wijnzakstraat
2 (Sint-Jansplein) 8000 Bruges, - 050/61.22.37, 10am- 5pm. This museum
is a must see for chocolate enthusiasts as it describes chocolate's transition
from cocoa into chocolate. It's low cost tasty exhibits make it well worth
the time. Adults: 6 €. (51.2107, 3.22625) edit
Diamanthuis Museum, Katelijnestraat
43, 8000 Brugge, - 050 33 63 26. 10h30 - 17h30. Diamond museum has a large
range of exhibits ranging from mining all the way to polishing and all
the history in between. Everyday at 12:15 there is a live polishing demonstration.
Individuals 6 EUR, Groups 4.5 EUR, Students 3 EUR. (51.2027, 3.22569)
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in the Center of Bruges (Ref: 27632)
Self catering house in
Great 3 stories House with
6 bedrooms for 10 people in the hart of Bruges with a garden on the canal
with ducks and swans. Fully equipped kitchen. 2 bathrooms, 3 toilets. Nice
garden on the canal with a view to the church. The house is 400 meters
from the Central square and the walking street with all the shops and historic
buildings. It is a perfect place for romantic, family, business or
shopping trip. Sleeps 10.
house in the heart of Bruges (Ref: 52665)
This fabulous house is situated
in the hart of Bruges. It offers modern luxury private accommodation and
facilities with views overlooking the Town Hall and other historical buildings.
The house is situating on charming and romantic town square next to the
central square (Markt) which is less then 200 meters away. Despite the
centre location it is a very quiet square without any hard traffic, tourists
and shops. The house is next door to The Chocolate Museum and within walking
distance to all sites and attractions. It is just 15 minutes from the coast,
20 minutes from Oostende, 30 minutes from Gent, 60 minutes from Brussels
and Antwerp. In the house the best and stylish materials being used , providing
our guests the comfort they require. Sleeps 14.