Bruges is a city that is not lacking in ambiance. This special little gem nestled in the Flemish part of Belgium is graced with a wonderful old world beauty and charm. Visits to this city allow visitors to soak in the undeniable beauty of the streets, to sample some fantastic Belgian beer and chocolate, and to visit one of the city’s great art galleries. Travelers with an affinity for theatre will not be disappointed if they choose to spend their vacation in Bruges. De Werf, Studio Hall, Het Entrepot, and De Dijk are just a few of the theatres and concert halls in Bruges. Go online and view your options for traveling to the area. It only takes a few moments to look up your choices via the internet. The sheer variety of different flight options, hotel rooms, and diverse prices make the dream of going to Bruges to enjoy the theatre, cuisine, or to simply soak in the culture a reality. Lovers of architecture, art, and culture will be right at home in Bruges. More things to do in Bruges include.
In medieval Bruges the Belfry and Market Halls were a bustling market place that drew many of the city’s citizens to its place under the gothic bell tower. Today the echoing charms of the bell tower can still be heard and it is possible to climb the tower’s 366 steps to get sweeping views across beautiful Bruges. Other travelers recommend going up the tower steps as you are rewarded with unmatchable panoramic views over the city. It is possible to climb the steps between 9:30 am and 5 p.m. at a cost of 8 Euros per adult.
The Groeninge Musuem is Bruges’s museum of fine arts. Inside the art galleries are the works of painters like Hans Memling and Jan van Eyck. Some of the best paintings inside the museum are Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Last Judgment” and Jan van Eyck’s “Madonna with Canon van der Paele.” Occasionally some of the rooms are closed off in the museum to set up future exhibitions. The museum is open from 9:30 am to 5 P.M. and admission is 8 Euros.
Church of Our Lady
The Church of Our Lady was completed in the 15th century after a two century long construction process. The result is the world’s largest 381 foot brick spire that can be seen for miles. Inside the church are treasures like Michelangelo’s “Madonna and Child” sculpture. Also while visiting take time to see the mausoleums and tombs. Other travelers have said that the church is really stunning with great architecture and is a great place to spend time. Admission is 4 Euros for adults and the church is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Choco Storty is a museum that is dedicated to tell the story of chocolate. The stated mission of the museum is: “To make known the story of the transformation of cocoa into chocolate and to promote the health and quality aspects of Belgian chocolate.” For those who want to hear and know the story of chocolate this is a great stop. On another note, it is also possible to skip the museum and just head to one of Bruges many chocolate shops to simply sample the goods. Choco Story is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the admission is 7 Euros.