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UNESCO World Heritage City International masterpieces and the city of the Flemish Primitives Cultural capital of Europe in 2002 Surrounded by London, Paris and Amsterdam
Capital of chocolate Age-old romantic hotspot International cruise port World famous gourmet chefs Congresses guaranteed to succeed
Ten Irresistible Bruges Classics
THE FLEmISH PrImITIvES: WOrLdFAmOUS ArT FrOm BrUgES Come and admire the unique and world-famous collection of paintings by the Flemish Primitives in the very city where they were created. Or do you prefer the ground-breaking contemporary art scene, or perhaps poignant and romantic folklore or majestic town palaces? The Bruges museums will happily serve all your needs.
2 THE CANALS OF BrUgES: THE CITy’S ArTErIES Experience the city by following an age-old tradition. Cruising Bruges’ canals – these remarkable city arteries – you will discover secret gardens, picturesque bridges and wonderfully beautiful still lives. Although it sounds hard to believe, Bruges’ loveliest places are even more charming when you admire them from the waterside. 3 THE BEgUINAgE ANd mINNEWATEr: HUSHEd BEAUTy Some places are so beautiful that they will take your breath away. The beguinage is such a beauty spot. When you amble through its quiet inner court, its purity will leave you speechless. Therefore take your time and while away the time along the romantic minnewater where you can enjoy this age-old view.
4 THE CENTUrIES-OLd BrUgES SkyLINE: CHUrCH OF OUr LAdy, BELFry, SAINT SAvIOUr’S CATHEdrAL Three spires dominate the Bruges skyline, each in their own way. The imposing Belfry has been the proud symbol of Bruges’ independence for centuries. The stiff climb up its stairs will be rewarded with an unforgettable panorama. The brick tower of the Church of Our Lady – the highest of its kind in Europe – exemplifies the craftsmanship of Bruges’ artisans. The spire of Saint Saviour’s Cathedral has recently been completely renovated. 5 BUrg ANd CITy HALL: mEdIEvAL OPULENCE The Burg is one of the city’s handsomest squares. For more than six centuries Bruges has been governed from its 14th-century city hall, one of the oldest and most venerable in the Low Countries. All this time this remarkable historic building has dominated this majestic square. Nowhere else will you be able to experience the city’s wealth and affluence so acutely as here.
6 ALmSHOUSES (gOdSHUIzEN): CHArITy FrOzEN IN STONE Almshouses are tiny villages within the city’s ramparts. That’s how these medieval residential courts are best described. Centuries ago they were built out of mortar and charity. Today their picturesque gardens, whitewashed façades and glorious silence are the city’s havens of peace par excellence.
7 BrUgES’ CITy FESTIvALS: INFECTIOUS AmBIANCE From the mA Festival’s ancient music and the rousing world music sounds of the Bruges Festival, through to the the rocking Cactus Festival, the swinging klinkers and the impressive film experience of Cinema Novo, throughout the year the city’s festivals guarantee a wonderfully infectious and varied ambiance that’s impossible to ignore. 8 THE WOrLd’S CAPITAL OF CHOCOLATE With its 49 chocolate shops, the chocolate museum Choco-Story, a chocolate trail and a chocolate fair, it goes without saying that Bruges is the world’s capital of chocolate. The only way to discover this tasty universe is by eating and sampling chocolate, of course.
9 BrUgES’ CULTUrAL SHrINES: CULTUrE WITH A CAPITAL C Bruges offers the possibility to experience culture under the best possible conditions. What about an opera at the state-of-the-art Concert Hall? Or perhaps a ground-breaking performance at the majestic theatre? It is absolutely no coincidence that this grand building is one of Europe’s best preserved city theatres. Whatever you choose, you can be sure of a great time in an exceptional setting.
10 LISSEWEgE: ONE OF FLANdErS’ PrETTIEST vILLAgES Barely a handful of cycling miles from Bruges, the fine polder village of Lissewege welcomes you with open arms. With its charming canal, its renowned barn complex of the Abbey of Ter doest, its whitewashed polder cottages, its imposing church steeple and its vast flowering meadows, it is no coincidence that Lissewege was elected one of Flanders’ prettiest villages.
Brugge City Card
EndlEss bargains! Would you like to explore bruges and go easy on your wallet at the same time? With the brugge City Card you will accumulate one discount after another and even visit countless attractions completely free! This super bargain card is handy and inexpensive, and therefore your chance to save more than € 200!
ThEsE arE our spECial offErs! » free entrance to 24 museums and places of interest in bruges! and a hefty discount at the museum shops to boot! » a free round trip on the canals (1/3 > 15/11) or a free tour with the City Tour minibus (16/11 > 28/2)! » at least 25% discount on not to be missed concerts, dance and theatre performances!
How does it work? select the validity period yourself: 48hrs or 72hrs. on pages 8 and 9 you will find a detailed overview of all museums, places of interest and attractions in and around bruges. if you see a then the brugge City Card lets you in for free. if you see then you receive a hefty discount on the individual price.
CITY CARD CITY CARD
» at least 25% discount on your bike rental! » at least 25% discount at your underground car park! » at least 25% discount at various museums, places of interest and attractions in the vicinity of bruges! » € 5,00 instead of € 12,00 for a threeday pass of de lijn, valid on all buses and trams in the whole of flanders!
WhaT Will iT CosT you?
€ 33,00 € 38,00
hoW To plaCE an ordEr? Call in at the information offices in the railway station and [Concertgebouw] or order your City Card online. The City Card is also available at some hotels.
Benefits with the Brugge City Card
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our lady of the pottery-hospitaalmuseum
bruggemuseum-City hall bruggemuseum-belfry forum+ [Concertgebouw] Choco-story (chocolate museum) lumina domestica (lamp museum) belgian fries Museum bruggemuseum-sint-Janshuis mill bruggemuseum-Koelewei mill dalí Xpo-gallery Museumshop Musea brugge Museumshop diamantmuseum
Museums (p. 22)
bruggemuseumWelcome Church of our lady
bruggemuseum-archeology arentshuis bruges diamond Museum
+ diamond cutting display | (12.15 p.m)
CITY CARD CITY CARD
Museum closed between 17/8/2010 and 28/10/2010
Museum closed until 22/1/2010
Memling in sint-Jan-hospitaalmuseum bruggemuseum-folklore bruggemuseum-liberty of bruges
attractions (p. 30)
saint saviour’s Cathedral beguinage brewery de halve maan
guided tour + beer sampling
Culture & events (p. 12)
discount on own productions, depending on availability.
bruges by boat
1/3-15/11 | daily before 11.00 a.m. and after 2.00 p.m.
Cultuurcentrum de Werf
16/11-28/2 | daily at 2.00 p.m., 3.00 p.m, and 4.00 p.m.
bruges-damme-bruges boat trip Zeebrugge port roundtrip bruges ballooning
can only be booked in the information offices at the Concertgebouw and railway station
Museums around brugge
in flanders fields Museum, Ieper Mu.Zee, Oostende Ensor Museum, Oostende permeke Museum, Jabbeke uilenspiegelmuseum, Damme sint-Janshospitaal, Damme roman archeological Museum, Oudenburg Talbot house, Poperinge Canada-poland War Museum, Adegem
Parking parking Centrum-Zand parking Centrum-station
parking pandreitje parking Katelijne Bus & tram
Three-day passes only available at the information offices at the Concertgebouw and railway station.
Tour of flanders Centre, Oudenaarde
Cycle hire for one day fietsen popelier fietsen ‘t Koffieboontje b-bike
attractions around bruges
boudewijn seapark, Brugge sea life Center, Blankenberge seafront, Zeebrugge Earth Explorer, Oostende
Bruges Central City Festival 2010
In 2010, Bruges will form the backdrop to the Bruges Central city festival.
bruges Central focuses on the relationship between flanders and Central Europe. flanders boasts a long tradition of liaising with countries from that region, as is amply illustrated by bruges’s heritage. The two mainstays of this major city festival are the art-historical exhibition ‘Van Eyck to dürer’ and the contemporary art alternative ‘luc Tuymans: a vision of Central Europe’. Moreover, bruges Central has a varied range of exhibitions, events, films, stage arts and concerts to offer.
praCTiCal inforMaTion tickets > online via www.brugescentral.be (from March 2010 onwards), at the counter of the museum locations throughout the duration of the exhibitions, at [Concertgebouw] (open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.) and by phoning Toerisme bruges (from March 2010 onwards) on 0032 (0)50 44 46 60.
Van eyck to Dürer >
29 october 2010 – 30 January 2011, groeninge Museum
Luc tuymans: a Vision of centraL europe >
22 october 2010 – 23 January 2011, arentshuis, City halls, great seminary, Memling in sint-Jan - hospitaalmuseum and forum+ [Concertgebouw].
22.10.2010 22.10.2010 23.01.2011 FORUM+ 23.01.2011 [CONCERTGEBOUW]
CITY FESTIVAL 2010
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CITY FESTIVAL 2010
There is no better way to fraternise with the townspeople of Bruges than to immerse yourself in the infectious ambiance at the innumerable events that sweep through the wole city.
The monthly magazine events@brugge offers a detailed events calendar. it is available free of charge at the information office at the Concertgebouw and the information office at the railway station.
With the brugge City Card in your pocket you will experience countless events for free or enjoy at least a 25% discount at concerts, dance and theatre performances you definitely don’t want to miss!
POeTry In DOuBle TIme. A rusTlIng revOluTIOn. 23 January - 23 May 2010 historic sites in the district of st anne’s form the backdrop to poetry and plastic art. guido gezelle, the father of experimental dutch-language poetry, was the inspiration behind this poetry festival that intertwines 19th and 20th-century poetry. Visual and aural discoveries galore! www.dubbeltijd.be
vibrant event. performing artists as well as the audience will be sizzling with excitement. www.concertgebouw.be 3
CoME on! aCTion! 12 february - 23 february 2010 action! is the rallying cry of this very first edition of Come on! Music, sound, dance and music theatre are created on the spot, and instantaneously. a challenge that creates an extraordinary tension and turns the artistic adventure into an even more
13 and 14 february 2010 Chocaholics will know by now that the bruges Chocolate guild is a past master at putting on chocolate feasts. during this second edition renowned chocolate confectioners from bruges will pander to your taste buds with their delectable creations. www.bruges.be/winter
4 AirbAg 8 - 29 May 2010 The accordion is back! if you’re not convinced, then this sparkling music festival will certainly mesmerise artists as well as devotees. For about a month bruges will rightfully proclaim itself capital of the accordion. www.ccbrugge.be 5 The Procession oF The holy blood 13 May 2010 For centuries, this popular municipal procession has been depicting arresting and moving scenes from the old and new Testament. The procession’s roots go back to 1291! www.bruges.be
boccherini 4 - 6 June 2010 For an entire weekend, music lovers will get the chance to be enraptured by the unrivalled oeuvre of cello virtuoso and composer of chamber music luigi boccherini (1743-1805). internationally-famed musicians serve up a delightful menu of musical discoveries and celebrated compositions. www.concertgebouw.be
7 ZAndFeesTen 4 July, 1 August, 26 september 2010 over the years this immense antiques and bygones fair has proven its international appeal. A crowd puller that attracts both the keen collector and the interested day tripper time and again. www.bruges.be
8 cAcTusFesTivAl 8, 9 and 10 July 2010 This open-air music festival full of charm and atmosphere brings a successful cocktail of rock, reggae, world music and a touch of dance. big names alternate with raw but exciting young talent, and the infectious rhythms set alight the whole of Minnewater Park, its fixed festival location. www.cactusfestival.be 9 KlinKers 23 July - 7 August 2010 This contemporary – and free! – music festival takes over the whole of bruges’ historic centre. it offers a varied programme at numerous memorable locations. The summer always swings in bruges! www.klinkers-brugge.be
10 MAFesTivAl 6 - 15 August 2010 For the 47th time, this prestigious festival of ancient music brings together the world’s most illustrious musicians. Together they sound out the boundaries of historical pieces and go in search of fascinating cross-fertilisation that rolls back the centuries. www.mafestival.be
11 and 12 september 2010 it goes without saying that belgium is the land of beers and ales. in addition, bruges has an age-old tradition as a city of brewers and cafés. This annual beer festival introduces you to each and every belgian top-fermented beer. To look, to smell, to taste. That’s what it’s all about! www.brugsbierfestival.be 12 JAZZ brugge 30 september - 3 October 2010 This reputable festival celebrates its fifth edition. This year it exclusively features high-quality jazz from central europe. The result is four days of concerts, jam sessions and fringe activities. www.dewerf.be
luc TuyMAns: A vision oF cenTrAl euroPe 22 October 2010 - 23 January 2011 luc Tuymans, universally regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, is both the driving force and source of inspiration behind this truly exceptional programme parading the plastic and performing arts. www.brugescentral.be
For more information see page 10.
vAn eycK To dürer 29 October 2010 - 30 January 2011 between 1390 and 1528, Jan van eyck and Albrecht dürer were the greatest artists of their time, two titans who dominated western painting at a crucial juncture. The groeninge Museum brings them together, presents their famous and not so famous contemporaries and displays a plethora of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, drawings and prints. www.brugescentral.be
For more information see page 10.
deceMber dAnce 1 - 12 December 2010 The productions of this international dance festival take place at various locations in bruges. The festival highlights the contemporary dance scene, and features dance legends from across the world as well as up and coming young talent. www.decemberdance.be
Stay the night in Bruges at competitive rates
Book a room in a cosy Bed & Breakfast or in one of our charming hotels. Book online: www.bruges.be or upon arrival in the information offices at the railway station or the Concertgebouw.
3 nights for the price of 2
Bruges, warm winter cheer
AN UNFORGETTABLE WINTER STAY IN BRUGES !
It is as if the World Heritage City waits until winter, when the crowds have gone, to reveal its most charming side. Warmly recommended! Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 if you arrive on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday between November and March. You can stay in a charming hotel, where you’ll be pampered in high style. Get even more out of your stay in Bruges and save € 200 and more with the Brugge City Card!
t +32 (0)50 44 46 46
How to reach Bruges?
ANTWERPEN GENT BRUSSEL CHARLEROI KÖLN
by TrAin london – bruges by eurostar in 3.05 hours, one transfer in brussels (station Midi/Zuid). Also one transfer at brussels (Midi/Zuid) when coming from other european cities like Amsterdam, Paris, rotterdam, cologne and luxembourg. Multiple direct connections each day from brussels, ghent and Antwerp, but also from other belgian cities to bruges. by cAr / coAch / Ferry dover (uk) – dunkerque (F) with norfolkline. dunkerque (F) > bruges (b) by car: 45 miles / 50 minutes. dover (uk)– calais (F) with seafrance or P&o ferries. calais (F) > bruges by car: 72 miles / 80 minutes.
ramsgate (uk)– ostend (b) with Transeuropaferries. ostend > bruges by car: 15 miles / 25 minutes. rosyth (uk)-Zeebrugge (b) with norfolkline. Zeebrugge > bruges by car: 10 miles / 20 minutes. hull (uk)– Zeebrugge (b) with P&o ferries. Zeebrugge > bruges by car: 10 miles / 20 minutes. by PlAne via brussels Airport: daily flights from 200 destinations in 66 countries. easy access to bruges by train (one transfer in brussels-Midi/Zuid). via brussels-south-charleroi-Airport: Multiple flights a week by low cost airlines from several european cities. Frequent train and bus connection between the airport and bruges.
Museums and places of interest
Bruges boasts a rich cultural heritage. The city’s majestic past lives on in the many works of art that can be admired in the many museums. The many places of interest are also wonderful witnesses of Bruges’ prosperous past.
GroeninGe museum The Groeninge Museum offers a varied overview of the history of Belgian plastic arts. Although the Flemish Primitives are a high point, you will also marvel at 18th and 19th- century neoclassical top pieces, masterpieces from Flemish Expressionism and quite a bit of postwar modern art. Closed: on Mondays*, 1 January, 13 May (afternoon) and 25 December. While the exhibition ‘Van Eyck tot Dürer’ is being set up, the museum will conditionally be closed between 17/8 and 28/10. This exhibition will be held between 29/10/2010 and 30/1/2011, and so the permanent collection will not be on display during that time. information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be Forum+ Forum+ is the Concert Hall’s museum space, focusing on contemporary plastic arts, sculptures and installations by famous modern artists. The exhibitions change every three to four months. The splendid panoramic view of the city is a wonderful bonus! Closed: on Mondays*, 1 January, 13 May (afternoon) and 25 December. information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be
* except for Easter and Whit Mondays
BruGGemuseum-CiTy Hall Bruges’ City Hall (1376) is one of the oldest in the Low Countries. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years. An absolute masterpiece is the Gothic Hall with its late 19th-century murals and polychrome vaulted ceiling. The adjoining historic hall evokes the city council’s history with a number of authentic documents and works of art. A multimedial exhibition on the ground floor illustrates the evolution of the Burg square. Closed: 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be BruGGemuseum-liBerTy oF BruGes From this mansion, erected between 1722 and 1727, Bruges’ rural surroundings were governed. The building functioned as a court of justice between 1795 and 1984. Today the city archives, that safeguard Bruges’ written memory, are stored here. The premises also boast an old assize court and a renaissance hall with a monumental 16th-century timber, marble and alabaster mantelpiece. Closed: 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) en 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be
BruGGemuseum-WelCome CHurCH oF our lady The 122 metres high brick tower of the Welcome Church of Our Lady is a perfect illustration of the craftsmanship of Bruges’ artisans. The church displays a valuable art collection: Michelangelo’s worldfamous Madonna and Child, countless paintings, 13th-century painted sepulchres and the tombs of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the Bold. Closed (museum): on Mondays*, 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) and 25/12. The church cannot be accessed during weddings and funerals. information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be BruGGemuseum-GruuTHuse The opulent city palace of the lords of Gruuthuse includes splendid tapestries, a unique prayer chapel, a five-centuries-old
kitchen and a collection of objects illustrating everyday life between the 15th and the 19th century, ranging from everyday kitchen ware to superb silverware. Closed: on Mondays*, 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be BruGGemuseum-arCHeoloGy This museum, which sports the motto ‘feel your past beneath your feet’, presents the unwritten history of Bruges by allowing its visitors to carry out different kinds of search and hands-on activities. A fascinating mix of archeological finds, riddles, replicas and reconstructions shed light on everyday life in times gone by, from the home to the workplace and from the cradle to the grave.
* except for Easter and Whit Mondays
Closed: on Mondays*, 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be BruGGemuseum-Folklore These restored 17th-century single-room dwellings accommodate a.o. a classroom, a millinery, a pharmacy, a confectionery, a grocery and an authentic bedroom. Conclude your visit with a pleasant stroll in the garden and a thirst-quenching drink at ‘De Zwarte Kat’, the museum’s tavern. Closed: on Mondays*, 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be
BruGGemuseum-sinT-JansHuis mill, koeleWei mill Windmills have graced Bruges’ ramparts ever since the construction of the outer city wall at the end of the 13th century. Today four specimen are left on Kruisvest. SintJanshuis Mill (1770) is still in its original spot and is still grinding grain just like its neighbour Koelewei Mill. Closed: Sint-Janshuis Mill: from September to April inclusive and every Monday in May, June, July and August (open on Whit Monday and during weekends in September). Koelewei Mill: from September to June inclusive and every Monday in July and August. information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be
* except for Easter and Whit Mondays
BruGGemuseum-Gezelle The literary and biographical museum of Guido Gezelle (1830-1899) is incorporated in the house where the famous Flemish poet was born. Gezelle’s birthplace, located in a quiet working-class district, displays handwritten letters and writing paraphernalia. Closed: on Mondays*, 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be
BruGGemuseum-BelFry Bruges’ most important tower stands 83 metres tall and houses a treasure-chamber, an impressive clock mechanism and a carillon with 47 silver-toned bells. Your reward after a climb up the tower’s 366 stairs is a breathtaking and unforgettable panoramic view of Bruges and its surroundings. Closed: 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be
* except for Easter and Whit Mondays
memlinG in sinT-Jan-HospiTaalmuseum Saint John’s Hospital has an eight hundred-year-old history of caring for pilgrims, travellers and the sick. Visit the medieval wards where the nuns and monks did their work of mercy and marvel at the impressive collection of archives, art works, medical instruments and six paintings by Hans Memling. Also worth a visit: the Diksmuide attic, the old dormitory, the custodian’s room and the adjoining pharmacy. Closed: on Mondays*, 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be
our lady oF THe poTTeryHospiTaalmuseum This hospital dates back to the 13th century, when nuns took on the care of pilgrims, travellers and the sick. Over the centuries, the hospital developed into a modern home for the elderly. The hospital wards with their valuable collection of works of art, monastic and religious relics and a range of objects used in nursing, have been converted into a museum. The Gothic church with its baroque interior can also be visited. Closed: on Mondays*, 1/1, 13/5 (afternoon) and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.museabrugge.be
BruGes diamond museum This museum illustrates the history of Bruges as the oldest diamond centre in Europe. Today, diamond remains one of Belgium’s most important export products. The daily demonstration of diamond cutting is a sparkling affair. Closed: 1/1, 4/1-15/1, 24/12 and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.diamondmuseum.be lumina domesTiCa The museum contains the world’s largest collection of lamps and lights. More than 6,000 antiques tell the complete story of interior lighting. From torch and paraffin lamp to light bulb and LED.
Closed: 1/1, 4/1-15/1, 24/12, 25/12 and 31/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.luminadomestica.be BelGian Fries museum This didactical museum sketches the history of the potato, Belgian fries and the various sauces and dressings that accompany this most delicious and most famous of Belgian comestibles. The museum is housed in Saaihalle, one of Bruges’ most attractive buildings. Closed: 1/1, 4/1-15/1, 24/12, 25/12 and 31/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.frietmuseum.be
CHoCo-sTory The museum dips its visitors in the history of cocoa and chocolate. From the Maya and the Spanish conquistadores to the chocolate connoisseurs of today. A chocolate hunt gives children the chance to discover the museum. Chocolates are made by hand and sampled on the premises. Closed: 1/1, 4/1-15/1, 24/12, 25/12 and 31/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.choco-story.be
dalí Xpo-Gallery The Belfry accommodates a fantastic collection of world-famous graphic works, sculptures and drawings by the renowned Salvador Dalí, each one of them originals, approved for authenticity by the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí. The collection is displayed in a rather sensational Dalinian décor of mirrors and gold, mother-of-pearl and shocking pink. Closed: 1/1 and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.dali-interart.be
sainT saviour’s CaTHedral Bruges’ oldest parish church (12th-15th century) has amongst its treasures a rood loft with organ, medieval tombs, Brussels tapestries and a rich collection of Flemish paintings (14th-18th century). The treasure-chamber displays a.o. paintings by Dirk Bouts, Hugo van der Goes and other Flemish Primitives. Closed (treasure-Chamber): : from mid-January to mid-February information and entranCe priCes: www.sintsalvator.be
museum oF THe BasiliCa oF THe Holy Blood This double chapel consists of the Romanesque church of Saint Basil (11391149) on the ground floor and the Basilica on the first floor, rebuilt in Gothic revival style in the 19th century. The Relic of the Holy Blood is kept in the Basilica. Closed: 1/1, 1/11, 25/12, October-March: Wednesday afternoon information and entranCe priCes: www.holyblood.org BeGuinaGe The ‘Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde’ with its whitewashed housefronts, tranquil convent garden and beguinage museum was founded in 1245. Today, the nuns of the Order of Saint Benedict in-
habit the site. The Beguinage entrance gate closes without fault at 6.30 p.m. information and entranCe priCes: www.monasteria.org BreWery de Halve maan De Halve Maan (1546) is the city’s last working brewery. Their house brew is Brugse Zot, a spirited top-fermented beer made from malt, hop and special yeast. This delicious refreshing beer can be tasted on the premises. A guided tour of the brewery can be arranged. Closed: 1/1, workdays in January, 24 and 25/12 information and entranCe priCes: www.halvemaan.be
laCe CenTre The Lace Centre is housed in 15thcentury almshouses funded by the Adornes family, who also built the Jerusalem Chapel. Lace demonstrations are regularly given. The shop sells all kinds of lace paraphernalia. Closed: 25/12-1/1, on Sundays and public holidays information and entranCe priCes: www.kantcentrum.com
Discover Bruges On Foot, By Boat, Horsedrawn Carriage, Minibus or Hot Air Balloon
Bruges On FOOt Are you not exhausted from walking yet? Are you still in the mood for a tour with a seasoned guide? Then hurry to [Concertgebouw] and register for a two-hour fascinating guided walk. November to March, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday: evening walks; 5 April – 18 April, daily: afternoon walks; July and August, daily: afternoon walks; June and September, weekends: afternoon walks info > Information Office at the Railway Station and the Concertgebouw Bruges By BOat A visit to Bruges isn’t complete without a boat trip on its canals. Embark at any of the five landing stages (consult city map) for a half-hour trip that allows you to appreciate the most noteworthy delights of the city from a completely different angle. March – November: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Bruges By HOrse-drawn Carriage The half-hour carriage ride along Bruges’ historic winding streets trots off on Markt (at Burg on Wednesday morning). Halfway through the ride the carriage briefly stops at the Beguinage. The coachman gives expert commentary en route. 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.; 9.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. in July and August. info > www.hippo.be/koets
City tOur Bruges The minibuses call at the different highlights of the city. They leave every hour from Markt for a 50-minute trip. Headphones provide commentary in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. The first bus leaves at 10.00 a.m. The last bus leaves at 4.00 p.m. in January and February, 5.00 p.m. in March, November and December, 6.00 p.m. in October, 7.00 p.m. in April, May and June, and 8.00 p.m. in July, August and September info > www.citytour.be Bruges By HOt air BallOOn A morning flight (champagne breakfast included) or an evening flight (champagne, snacks and beer included) lasts three hours, of which at least one is spent up in the air! On request only. Reservation for a balloon trip on the day itself is however possible until a few hours before departure. info > www.bruges-ballooning.com
Guide bike rides
Bruges is a city for cyclists, offering something for everyone. if you like to do your own thing, then hire a bike from one of the several hiring places in the city centre. if, however, you like to acquire some expert knowledge on the way, why not join one of the guided bike rides in the company of a local guide?
QuasiMundO BiketOurs Brugge > ‘Bruges by bike’ Discover the city’s unique character and medieval street pattern riding along quiet backstreets. > ‘Bruges by night’ Bruges at night is even more alluring and romantic than by day. Discover the city during this fairy-tale bike ride. > ‘The Ommeland by bike’ A tour through the flat countryside around Bruges, passing through medieval towns such as Damme, peaceful Flemish agrarian villages and dead straight canals. information and prices > www.quasimundo.eu tHe green Bike tOur A guided trip to the polders, the flat countryside around Bruges. The tour pulls up at medieval Damme and other important sights along the way for a little extra commentary. information and prices > tel. +32 (0)50 61 26 67
tHe Pink Bear Bike tOurs A mere five minutes away from the City of Bruges lies one of the prettiest rural areas in Europe. We take you to historic Damme, the handsome medieval market town, once Bruges’ outport. A guide will show you the most enchanting places of the Polders. It goes without saying that we will also halt at a pleasant café for some Belgian beers and/or Belgian waffles. On our return we follow the beautiful poplar-planted banks of a canal and reveal some of Bruges’ best-kept secrets. information and prices > www.pinkbear.freeservers.com
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Bruges Visitors’ guide available at the information offices and bookshops in Bruges
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Visitors guide | 2010
the oFficial city guide
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This is a publication of Toerisme Brugge Concept: Bram De Vos, Uitgeverij Lannoo Design: Group Van Damme Translation: Group Van Damme, Joseph Pearce Print: drukkerij Vandamme-Beke Photography: Jan Darthet, Verne, cel fotografie Stad Brugge, Concertgebouw, Diamantmuseum Brugge, Norfolkline, Westtoer Cartography: Johan Mahieu Copywriting: Sophie Allegaert Editing: Annelies Delchambre, Bruno Gouwy Responsible Editor: Dieter Dewulf, PO Box 744, B-8000 Brugge December 2009 Toerisme Brugge cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or change in prices
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