Bruges Attractions Guide

Here are some of the best things to do while you are in the city. - Shop! As stated earlier, there are two large market areas in Bruges. One would be the Markt, which is situated in the center of the town square itself. Although Markt is open year round, this place comes especially alive during the Christmas holidays. Most of the merchants in the region sell manner of Christmas themed souvenirs as well as unusual gifts that you can take home. Vehicles are not allowed in this area, but you might want to rent bikes to help you scout the different stalls and shops lining the perimeters of Markt. You could also hire a horse drawn carriage within the town center for a more comfortable ride. The second large market in the city is called the Burg. This is situated between the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the City Hall. Goods being sold here are relatively less expensive than those displayed at the Markt, and there are also several stalls that offer flea market-like wares. - Visit churches, cathedrals and basilicas. If you are looking for the best exemplars of medieval art, then the best places to visit are the churches and basilicas. Many walking tours are being offered by touring companies that cover great architectural and religious sites like: The Basilica of the Holy Blood, Church of Our Lady Bruges, and the Cathedral of St. Salvator (St. Salvator-Kathedrale.) The House of Beguine (Begijnenhuisje) is a nunnery, parts of which are open to the general public. This is a great place to find solitude and maybe take in the lush, green landscape. - Take a boat tour on the canals. A trip to Bruges is never complete without taking a romantic ride down the canals of the city. This is by far one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic landscape. There are boat tours being offered by private companies that also include stopovers at restaurants and bars. - Visit popular eating establishments and bars. With numerous music and food festivals at hand, some of the best sites to park yourself during these aforementioned celebrations are at popular eating establishments and local bars. For example: Brugs Beertje (Kemelstraat 5) offers a great selection of local and imported brews. The Crash (Langestraat 78) caters strictly to rock music fans. Club joints and dance halls like: Bras Beers and Liquors Pub, Café de Vuurmolen and Thema Café Underwhere? usually open shortly a few hours after sundown. - Visit the local museums. Enrolling in one or more walking tours that cover the museums of Bruges can be really wonderful educational trips. As such, two of the best museums to visit are the: Memling Museum and the Groeningemuseum of Art. The Memling is on Mariastraat, and showcases medieval masterpieces from Bruges artist Hans Memling. On the other hand, the Groeningmuseum which is situated between Wollestraat and Groeneri showcases art works from various Flemish Primitives (artists.) Works from Jack van Eyck, Gerard David and Karel van Mander are housed here.