Over the years the medieval canal city of Bruges has gone by many names: City of Romance, Venice of the North, the City That Time Forgot and Cultural Capital of Europe (back in 2002). However, none of these titles accurately captures the enchanting city of Bruges. The historic centre of Bruges is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has many interesting and beautiful places to visit, where it seems as if time has stood still. With the city centre closed off to heavy traffic, all the splendour and culture of this city can easily be explored on foot, by boat ride along quiet canals, or by horse-drawn carriage among cobblestone streets.
What to visit when I am not dancing
That is why we have 6 suggestions within 300 m from the dance hall to visit Bruges without missing a single milonga.
Canal TourDuring a roundtrip on the picturesque city canals, you will discover Bruges from quite a different and surprising point of view! Tours last half an hour. There is a starting point just next to the entry of Saint John’s Hospital. Opening hours: from 10.00 – 18.00.
Guided TourObviously, a guided tour through the unique historic core is a must for every Bruges debutant! From the Market Square and the Belfry to the Burg square, the Beguinage (Begijnhof) and Minnewater. On Friday and Saturday at noon we invite you for a guided tour (in English).
Saint John's HospitalSaint John’s Hospital has an eight hundred-year-old history of caring for pilgrims, travellers and the sick. Visit the medieval wards where the nuns and monks performed their work of mercy and marvel at the impressive collection of archives, art works, medical instruments and six paintings by Hans Memling.
BeguinageThe Beguinages, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is the home of the nuns of the order of Saint Benedict. The Beguinage entrance gate closes without fail at 18.30. Opening hours Mon-Sat : 10.00 – 17.00. Sun : 14.30 – 17.00. The Beguinage is located nearby at Wijngaardstraat – 8000 Bruges
Brewery visit‘Brugse Zot’ is the pride of the traditional brewery ‘De Halve Maan’, whose earliest reference dates back to 1546. Opening Hours: 11.00. – 18.00. Guided visits every hour. The guided tour lasts approx. 45 minutes.
Chocolate lineBruges counts no less than 68 chocolate shops. Make sure to stop by the infamous Master Shock-o-Latier, Dominique Persoone’s chocolate shop. Dominique and his wife Fabienne started long time ago to dance Argentine Tango. So maybe we can convince them to start over again ? Simon Stevinplein 19 – 8000 Bruges, Belgium
Photography © Jan D’Hondt & © Jan Dhartet