How is possible for a traveler, without ever having been to Bruges, to get excited just by thinking about this city?
There are few places in the world that cause this sensation and, without a doubt, this magical place causes such sensation. Its irresistible history and its picturesque streets have caused UNESCO itself to recognize it as a World Heritage Site. Discover it with our Bruges private walking tour
No one has ever escaped to the charm of Bruges. Not even the dukes of Burgundy were able to resist from its flourishing as an international port and as a rich commercial settlement since the 11th century. Famous painters such as Jan Van Eyck and Hans Memling -the great Flemish primitives- found their source of creativity in this environment. However, strong political changes in the court, wars of religions, struggles for power and difficulties in the water canals and in the connections to the sea submerged the city in a dormant dream at the end of the 15th century.
It is precisely this huge crisis and that economic nightmare that arised after the Golden Age, and after a period in which the city seemed untouchable, which will allow us to be protagonists of a city completely stopped in time. The lack of resources made Bruges, during the centuries, remain lethargic, without great constructions or destructions, until in the 19th century its patrimony was rediscovered and its intimate bubble became its biggest prize. Not only tourism began to flourish but, taking advantage of this new impulse, a new port was inaugurated allowing another quick connection with the sea: the Zeebrugge. Without a doubt, it is currently the most famous tourist center in Belgium and a complete open-air museum.
It does not matter in which century we are: Bruges is an architectural jewel made on a human scale. Although today the brüggelinger (native inhabitants) mix with the tourists through its streets, in previous centuries the beguines mixed with the merchants, the high guilds with the noble houses, the ecclesiastical hierarchy with the political one, the masters’ craftsmen with the sailors… Today, such a rich and unique history is still breathed into the air.
Itinerary of the visit:
- Minnewater Lake or Lake of Love.
- Beginhof (Convent of the Beguines).
- Halve Maan Brewery.
- Stoofstraat Street.
- Saint John Hospital.
- Church of Our Lady.
- Dijver Water Canal.
- Palace Gruuthuse.
- Burg Square (City Hall and Church of the Holy Blood).
- Market Square (Grote Markt).
- Belfort Tower.
Bruges private walking tour pick up point
- We will pick you up at your hotel or any other desired location in the city center
- Departure point recommended for organized groups coming by bus: Parking Minnewater.
At the desired time
- Guided tour with English speaking guide.
Duration: +/-2,5 hours
Special prices per group up to 30 people ask us by email.
Languages: Spanish or English.
Please note: The tour involves some walking
Booking 24h in advance is necessary.
Please for special requests send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here
- (Optional, outside duration of the visit) Visit the chapel of “La Madonna by Michelangelo” (Church of Our Lady). To consider:
- Opening hours: 9.30 – 17.00
- On Sundays, access is only allowed after 13.30 because of the catholic mass.
- Price €4* (adults), free under 18.
- (Optional, outside duration of the visit) Boat trip through the canals of Bruges. To consider:
- Opening hours: 10.00 – 17.00
- Price: €10 adults, €6 children from 4 to 11, children up to 3 free.