The historic centre of old Bruges becomes even more romantic, more poetic in Spring. Bruges is a romantic city like no other. The swans on the canals, the winding medieval lanes and little cobblestone squares all contribute to the city’s fabled ambience. Begijnhof (Beguinage) – The ‘Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde’ with its white-coloured house fronts, tranquil convent garden and beguinage museum was founded in 1245. Open from 10:00 am – 17:00 pm
Belfort (Belfry & Carillon) – When in bruges you can’t miss the most important tower that stands 83 metres tall. It houses, amongst other things, a carillon with 47 melodious bells.
A visit to Bruges isn’t complete without a boat trip on its canals. Go aboard at any of the five landing stages for a half-hour trip that allows you to appreciate the most noteworthy delights of the city from a completely different angle. March to mid-November: daily 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. (last departure at 5.30 p.m.).
The ‘Halve Maan’ (Half Moon) is an authentic and historic brewery in the centre of Bruges. This ‘home’ brewery is a family business with a tradition stretching back through six generations to 1856. This is where the Bruges city beer – the ‘Brugse Zot’ – is brewed: a strong-tasting, high-fermentation beer based on malt, hops and special yeast. There are guided tours of the brewery every day in a number of different languages. After the tour, visitors are treated to the blond version of the Brugse Zot!
Address: Walplein 26, 8000 Brugge
Belgian Pigeon house has taken Bruges’ contemporary dining to a new level. This new restaurant has a sustainable, vibrant and stylish concept. The biological menu is filled with delicious, modern dishes which are all tastefully presented.
Sint Jansplein 12 – 8000 Brugge Centrum
Hidden behind a stone archway, De Republiek has a trendy bar and historic décor attracting the local crowd. The Bruges’ version of a Grand Café. Here, in the morning you can enjoy a cup of coffee, have your afternoon tea on the cosy sheltered inner patio, and in the evening you end your dinner with a couple of delicious cocktails. And afterwards there will definitely be a party.
Address: Sint-Jakobsstraat 36, 8000 Brugge Centrum