10 Things to do in Bruges : The Venice of the North

Things to do in Bruges | Rahhala |

Many things to do in Bruges, first let’s talk briefly about Bruges, before starting to list the 10 must-dos when in Bruges.

Brugs in a few words:

A timeless spectacle, Bruges is a charming city full of medieval flavor. Its architectural treasures attract the eye, revealing a city of rich history. Serene canals and tight cobbled streets seize your imagination, enticing you to explore more and more.

Things to do in Bruges

1. Markt Square

Watch the world go by in one of the Markt Square’s multitude of cafes and restaurants. It’s a vibrant open area that covers 1 hectare, so try to relax with a coffee and enjoy the view.

It also has historical places like the 12th century belfry and the provincial court.

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Market square

2. Basilica of the Holy Blood

It’s a 12th-century building,  consists of two chapels. According to the tradition, Thierry of Alsace returned to Bruges on 1150, with the Christ blood, during the 13th century, the name of the upper chapel was changed to the Chapel of the Holy Blood.

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Basilica of the Holy Blood


3. Memling Museum

It was built as a medieval hospital in the mid-12th century , old st. John hospital, located next to the Church of Our Lady. The Memling Museum offers a fascinating insight into Bruges ancient history. Today, the museum is part of the St John’s Hospital complex.


4. Groningen Museum

Bruges is filled with many fine art museums, especially the Groeningen, It houses a comprehensive survey of six centuries of Flemish and Belgian paintings including the works of Jan Van Eyck, Hieronymous Bosch, and  Marcel Broodthaers.

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Groeninge Museum

5. Zand Feasts

July, August, and September are the host to these famous popular flea markets. Crowds group to inspect the arts, crafts and souvenirs on offer at the lovely bazaars.


6. Church of Our Lady

It has 337 ft or 15 meter tower made from brick, it considered as the seconed tallest brick tower in the world. Michelangelo’s Madonna is a beautiful marble figure brought to Bruges in 1506 and housed ever since in the Church of Our Lady.

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Our lady Church


7. The Canals

Sometimes referred to as ‘The Venice of the North’, Bruges is a host of canal networks. Originally an important trade route, nowadays the canals are used for tourism and are a great way of seeing the town from a different perspective.


8. The Belfry

 It is a medieval bell tower in the center of Bruges, one of the great landmarks of the city, the 83 meter high Belfry tower dominates the main city square. The original tower was destroyed by fire and subsequently rebuilt. make sure to climb the 366 steps for a magnificent view of the city.

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Belfry of Bruges


9. The Minnewater

It’s  known as ‘The Lake of Love’, this enchanting lake stands at the entrance to the city. Elegant swans adorn the lake which affords panoramic views across the city. During the summer, pop concerts play in the adjacent park, gathering the crowds from everywhere.


10. The Beguinage

If the main city streets become too busy, serenity can be yours in the garden of the Beguinage, a monastery for the Benedictine sisters who still live there till now.