Welcome to the World Heritage City of Bruges!
It is only fair to say that the places that stir all your senses and that creep under your skin are extremely rare. These are the places that pluck your heartstrings, yet whose secrets you can’t unlock completely. Bruges happens to be such a unique place.
Cultural and artistic, cosmopolitan, unashamedly Burgundian, mysteriously medieval, and a Unesco World Heritage site to boot.
Strolling along Bruges’ alleys, picturesque canals and verdant ramparts you cannot but fall hopelessly in love with her elegant mysteriousness.
UNESCO world heritage
Bruges is a city that will capture your heart. It is a city of human proportions, but one that can never be truly fathomed. Its history has made it great, a fact that garnered it the title of a Unesco World Heritage City. Retaining the mysteries of the Middle Ages and unashamedly exuberant, Bruges has been an international metropolis for centuries.
Belfort (Belfry & Carillon)
The most important of Bruges’ towers stands 83 metres tall. It houses, amongst other things, a carillon with 47 melodious bells. In the reception area, waiting visitors can discover all kinds of interesting information about the history and working of this unique world-heritage protected belfry. Those who take on the challenge of climbing the tower can pause for a breather on the way up in the old treasury, where the city’s charters, seal and public funds were kept during the Middle Ages, and also at the level of the impressive clock or in the carillonneur’s chamber. Finally, after a tiring 366 steps, your efforts will be rewarded with a breath-taking and unforgettable panoramic view of Bruges and her surroundings.
Over the centuries many of Bruges’ churches, monasteries, abbeys and chapels have been active centres of religious life. This accounts for the city’s remarkable ecclesiastical heritage. But this patrimony is testimony to more than just its religious past. If the stone façades could speak they would have countless fascinating stories to tell about evolutions in education, the economy, society and culture.
Xplore Bruges is the ultimate city app to experience heritage trails in Bruges. This one app allows you to download themed routes, museum routes and city walks in no less than five languages (Nl, Fr, Eng, Ger and Sp). It has been developed for android and apple and is usable on smartphones and tablets. On this page, you get an overview of the full range which is continuously being extended. Now available for download through Apple Store and Google Play under the name Xplore Bruges.
Since time immemorial, Bruges and lace have been inextricably linked. The deft hands of thousands of women and girls earned Bruges lace worldwide fame. At one time, a quarter of all the women in Bruges were lacemakers. Even nowadays, it is still possible to see traditional Bruges lacemakers at work in some of the lace shops. Just watch those bobbins fly! Or would you rather have a go yourself? The new Lace Museum offers courses (prior registration necessary), where experienced and enthusiastic lace-makers will teach you the finest tricks of the trade.
The Flemish primitives
During Bruges’ Golden Age, the 15th century, the fine arts prevailed. In the wake of the prestigious Burgundian dynasty, the great Flemish Primitives made a name for themselves. The world-renowned works of Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling and those of other prominent Flemish Masters can be admired at the Groeninge Museum, St John’s Hospital, St Saviour’s Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Michelangelo’s world famous ‘Madonna and Child’ can also be found in the Church of Our Lady. If you plan a visit to Bruges in the short term, then definitely consider a visit to the temporary exhibition