Historic Centre of Bruges Tour

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Total time
2 hours
Language
English
Price
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
By the statue on the main square (Grote Markt) of Bruges. Look for the red umbrella.
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Historic Centre: Legends of Bruges Free Tour


Diamonds, amber: the most beautiful jewels are made by nature by removing one of the bloodlines of the given material and letting it stay beautiful – forever! But how do you stop time and preserve the richest and most powerful trading city north of the Alps with its gothic and renaissance architecture? Well, you actually cut it off from its bloodline just the same – in terms of Bruges, you deprive it of direct access to the sea. This paradoxical event that occurred in northern Flanders over four centuries ago allowed the city to stay intact and be a true witness of time, sidelined by history at the peak of the city’s power, freezing its assets just as they were in the middle of the 16th century.


Today, we can marvel at this mediaeval gem in its unrivalled beauty. Town houses and stately buildings adorn the canals in the pearl of Flanders and are a testament to the city’s position. The waterways remind us of yet another fascinating feature of the city and land surrounding it: we are still close to the North Sea and its might. In order to regulate the waterways, a system of windmills was set up here, and you can still see some of those today. The cobbled historic centre spans over 400 hectares, making it one of the biggest European old towns. The 83-metre Belfry tower marks the power of the city government. Indeed, Bruges attracted great capital and became one of the richest in Europe, which in turn resulted in another wonder: the art of Bruges. Yeah, you will meet the “Flemish masters” here: Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling (although the latter’s most famous work, The Last Judgement, is to be found in Gdańsk, why? Ask your guide 😊) and their distinct painting style, but also… Michelangelo’s sculpture of Madonna!


On this tour we will take you around the historic centre of Bruges. Not only will you learn about the rise and decline of this great Hanseatic city, once the champion of the North Sea and today one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe, but we will also talk about other localities: food and drinks, with famous chocolate, mussels, wafer, and beer at the forefront. Altogether, it will be a journey full of stories of romance, war, devotion, and striving for greatness. And greatness we will reach.


During this 2 hours tour you will see and discover:



  • Market Square

  • Belfry

  • Gruuthuse Palace

  • St. John’s Hospital

  • Beguinage

  • Lake of Love

  • Brewery

  • Smallest Street

  • Church of Our Lady

  • Bridge of Love

  • Dijver

  • and much, much more!


Meeting Point
By the statue on the main square (Grote Markt) of Bruges. Look for the red umbrella.

BOOKING RULES
Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 6 people on them. If you travel in a party of 7 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.



Great tour!!!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 weeks ago

We use Walkative a lot when we travel – and as with other tours we’ve done, this tour didn’t disappoint!

Our guide, Emile, was welcoming, engaging, told us lots about the history of Bruges, the local environment, culture, living there, recommendations of place to go/eat/drink.

Would whole heartedly recommend.

The only issue we had – Emile didn’t have our booking – so make sure you have your reservation with you!!

Suzanne

Hi. We are Russians.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
7 months ago

No problem we are Russians from Moscow the tour was great.

Max.

It was beautiful

Rated 5.0 out of 5
11 months ago

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was very enjoyable. Thank you very much. I loved it. I already attended another tour the day before in Bruges, but your tour was the one that I really enjoyed. Thank you.

SK


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