Walk the cobbled streets of this medieval town and you will feel as though you have stepped into a fairy-tale, where canals link picturesque market squares surrounded by magnificent churches and towering structures. While there is plenty to see, if it is architecture that you are particularly interested in, we would highly recommend these are first on your list.
Housed in eight 17th century almshouses, the Folklore Museum offers a plethora of interesting things to do and see in every room. Appreciate the building’s authentic décor and wealth of antiques, explore the tailor’s and cobblers workshops, attend a demonstration by a ‘spekkenbakker’ (sweetmaker), unwind in the museum’s tavern ‘De Zwarte Kat’ (The Black Cat) and try your hand at a traditional folk game on the garden terrace.
Great War Battlefields)
Discover the most significant points along the battlefront of World War I, ‘The Great War’ and learn about some of the most ruthless conflicts of the Flanders Fields, including Yser, Ypres, Passchendaele and the Somme. Explore Hill 60 in Zillebeke, the Trench of Death in Diksmuide and the Canadian Memorial in Langemark-Poelkapelle and get a true feel for military life back in 1917.
Stadhuis is Bruges’ City Hall and as well as being the home of the city council for over 600 years (since 1376 to be precise), it is also an architectural masterpiece. The Historic and Gothic Halls will take you on a journey through the city’s fascinating history, telling stories about the power struggle between the people of Bruges and the governing sovereigns through 19th-century murals, a colourful vaulted ceiling and a multimedia exhibition.
Visit the striking Sint-Salvatorskathedraal and learn all about how it began as a simple parish church and obtained its status as The Holy Savior Cathedral in the 19th century. You will be astounded by the impressive entrance with wall to wall carpets designed by Jasper van der Borcht and mesmerised by the cathedrals many works of art, not to mention the grand 16th century choir’s podium which is still completely intact.