Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Bruges, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 19 sights
Distance 4.8 km
Ascend 46 m
Descend 43 m

Explore Bruges in Belgium with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Activities in BrugesIndividual Sights in Bruges

Sight 1: Kazernevest

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The Kazernevest is a promenade and a street in Bruges, Belgium.

Wikipedia: Kazernevest (NL)

864 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 2: Archeologische site van de Sint-Donaaskathedraal

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Archeologische site van de Sint-Donaaskathedraal

St. Donatian's Cathedral was a Roman Catholic cathedral in Bruges, Belgium. Located on the Burg, one of the main squares in the city, it was the largest church in Bruges. The cathedral was destroyed in 1799 in the wake of the dissolution of the Diocese of Bruges during the aftermath of the French Revolution.

Wikipedia: St. Donatian's Cathedral (EN), Heritage Website

97 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 3: Oude Civiele Griffie

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Oude Civiele GriffieDennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Old Civil Registry is one of the oldest Renaissance buildings in Flanders. It is located on Burg Square in Bruges, between the Manor of the Franc of Bruges and the City Hall.

Wikipedia: Old Civil Registry (EN)

13 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 4: Blinde-Ezelstraat

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The Blinde-Ezelstraat is a street in the heart of the historic center of Bruges.

Wikipedia: Blinde-Ezelstraat (NL)

76 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: Basilica of the Holy Blood

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The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a Roman Catholic basilica in Bruges, Belgium. The church houses a relic of the Holy Blood allegedly collected by Joseph of Arimathea and brought from the Holy Land by Thierry of Alsace, Count of Flanders. Built between 1134 and 1157 as the chapel of the Count of Flanders, it was promoted to a minor basilica in 1923.

Wikipedia: Basilica of the Holy Blood (EN), Website, Heritage Website

202 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: Belfry

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The Belfry of Bruges is a medieval bell tower in the centre of Bruges, Belgium. One of the city's most prominent symbols, the belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other dangers.

Wikipedia: Belfry of Bruges (EN), Heritage Website

95 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 7: Provinciaal Hof

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Provinciaal HofDennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Provinciaal Hof is a neo-Gothic building on the Markt in Bruges, Belgium. It is the former meeting place for the Provincial Government of West Flanders.

Wikipedia: Provinciaal Hof (EN), Heritage Website

147 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Eiermarkt

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The Eiermarkt is a small square in Bruges.

Wikipedia: Eiermarkt (NL)

366 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 9: St. James's Church

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St. James's Church (Sint-Jakobskerk) is a Catholic church in Bruges, Belgium. Originally built around 1240, the church was considerably expanded in 1459 to match the rising affluence of Bruges, and was patronized by the Duke of Burgundy. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries the church's interior was remodeled in its present Baroque style.

Wikipedia: St. James's Church, Bruges (EN), Heritage Website

655 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 10: Simon Stevinplein

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Simon Stevinplein is a square in Bruges, situated between Steenstraat and the Oude Burg. On the square is the statue of mathematics and physicist Simon Stevin born in Bruges. Probably the oldest market square in Bruges was laid out before the market.

Wikipedia: Simon Stevinplein (Brugge) (NL)

267 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 11: Gruuthusemuseum

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The Gruuthusemuseum is a museum of history and applied arts in Bruges and is part of Musea Brugge. The museum is housed in the 15th-century city castle or city palace of the lords of Gruuthuse on the Dijver in the old center of the city. The Gruuthusemuseum has a diverse collection of historical objects and decorative art from the 13th to the 19th century.

Wikipedia: Gruuthuse (museum) (NL), Website

181 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 12: Groeningemuseum

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The Groeningemuseum is a municipal museum in Bruges, Belgium, built on the site of the medieval Eekhout Abbey.

Wikipedia: Groeningemuseum (EN), Website

70 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Hof Arents

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The Arentshof in the Belgian city of Bruges is a garden, leaving the Arentshuis.

Wikipedia: Arentshof (NL), Website

143 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 14: Church of Our Lady

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The Church of Our Lady is a Roman Catholic church in Bruges, Belgium, dating mainly from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Its 115.6-metre-high (379 ft) tower remains the tallest structure in the city and the third tallest brickwork tower in the world.

Wikipedia: Church of Our Lady, Bruges (EN), Heritage Website

96 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 15: PAX

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The Pax is a work of art by the Belgian sculptor Octave Rotsaert.

Wikipedia: De Pax (NL)

484 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 16: Concertgebouw

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Concertgebouw Wikifalcon / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Concertgebouw is a cultural centre in Bruges, Belgium. Located at 't Zand, it was completed in 2002 when Bruges was European Capital of Culture, designed by Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem.

Wikipedia: Concertgebouw, Bruges (EN)

303 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 17: 't Zand

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't Zand Niels Vertongen / Copyrighted free use

't Zand is a square and neighbourhood in the centre of Bruges. The square is the largest in the city and is tunnelled by the R30 ring road. There is also a large parking garage underneath the square that can accommodate almost 1900 cars.

Wikipedia: 't Zand (Brugge) (NL), Heritage Website

437 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 18: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Blindekenskapel

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The Chapel of Our Lady of the Blind on the Kreupelenstraat in Bruges was founded, according to tradition, after a promise made in the aftermath of the Battle of Pevelenberg that a 36-pound candle would be brought to Our Lady of the Pottery every year. This promise was made by the remaining husbands and mothers if their loved ones would return from the battle in one piece.

Wikipedia: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Blindekenskapel (NL)

327 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 19: Smedenpoort

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Smedenpoort Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) / CC BY-SA 2.5

The Smedenpoort is one of the four remaining city gates of Bruges. The first gate dates from 1297-1299, but was rebuilt in 1367-1368 by the master masons Jan Slabbaert and Mathias Saghen. Later, it was rebuilt a few times. Characteristic of this gate is that, just like the Donkey Gate, it is completely surrounded by water.

Wikipedia: Smedenpoort (NL), Heritage Website


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