If you can imagine what Belgium is like, surely Bruges comes to mind. Its canals meander through the city like a pearl necklace, cobblestone streets, stone churches and picturesque bridges. And if you add swans in the water, horse-drawn carriages and daffodils in the park, the result is a dream!
Included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges has the best preserved medieval urban center in Europe in which the bell tower of its Plaza Mayor is the main protagonist. The center has restricted traffic, so its impressive beauty and culture can be easily discovered on foot or by taking a boat ride through the canals.
From Aerobús we recommend that, despite being a small city, you take time to get lost happily by the “Venice of the North” a weekend, we are sure that you will be surprised! And if you travel from Barcelona, you can comfortably travel by Aerobus to the airport. You can buy your tickets online easily through our website. We tell you the essential places for your visit to Bruges.
Minnewater or lake of love
This lake is more than 800 years old. It was created at the time when Bruges was one of the most prosperous cities in Europe thanks to the trade of Flanders cloths. In the Middle Ages, the traffic of boats that marketed these fabrics that amazed the entire world was so intense that they had to create a place where the ships could have room to maneuver. At Lake Minnewater, up to 100 boats were able to fit.
Now the place occupied by this lake is one of the most romantic in Bruges, where the swans now occupy the place once occupied by ships. It is one of the essentials to see in Bruges and one of the reasons why, you will want to return.
The begijnhof or beguinage
Just cross the bridge of the Minnewater Park you will find the beguinage of Bruges, an authentic city inside another where silence reigns. It is declared a World Heritage Site. It was the place where the widows and orphans of the Crusaders congregated, dedicated to embroidery and caring for the sick.
At the moment the beguinage of Bruges is occupied by religious, but the entrance to the visitors is allowed to know its interior, although you will not be able to enter the buildings. We advise you to come and go, without this visit your stay in Bruges will be incomplete!
Memling Museum, Church of Our Lady and Groeninge Museum
Just leave Begijnhof and after crossing one of the most beautiful bridges of Bruges, where you can make authentic postcards of the city with your cameras, if you go straight to the Mariastraat, you will find the Memling Museum, located in a former hospital of Sint Jan. It is worth visiting for the Reliquary of Santa Úrsula and the old apothecary.
After having visited the museum, and only a minute away, you will find the Church of Our Lady. Its bell tower is the tallest building in Bruges and one of the largest in the world. And do not miss the Madonna of Michelangelo that is kept inside!
Once you have seen the church, you have two options: go to the Groening Museum or strolling to continue enjoying this city with so much charm and history. Are you still discovering Bruges?