Sint-Janshospitaal Museum

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From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

1. From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

Meet your guide in the center of Brussels and relax on the 100-kilometer journey to Bruges by bus. Upon arrival, discover the charms of “the Venice of the North” and see why the entire historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at highlights such as the Lake of Love (Minnewater Lake) and the 13th-century Begijnhof complex, founded in 1245 to house lay religious women. Go to Walplein Square, where the shady trees and cafes provide a perfect place to relax. Visit Stoofstraat on the site of the city's former Red Light District, and see medieval monuments such as the 11th-century Old St. John’s Hospital. Look at the world's second tallest brickwork tower at the Church of Our Lady, and see other historic monuments such as Gruuthuse Palace or the Dijver Canal. Go to one of the city's most photographed spots at Rozenhoedkaai, and admire the Belfry on Castle Square. Visit Market Square (Grote Markt) to see the Bell Tower (Belfort). Then enjoy 1-hour's free time for lunch (at your own expense) and the chance to sample some of the city's delicious chocolates.  Next, drive to Ghent, where the inhabitants have been popularly known as "noose-bearers“ since the days of Charles V. Take a guided tour of the city's historic buildings, such as the Castle of Gerald the Devil and Saint Bavo Cathedral, where you can learn about the painting of “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. Admire the Belfort (Bell Tower) and peculiar Gothic and Renaissance-style Town Hall. See one of the city's oldest monuments at St. Nicholas’ Church opposite the unusual facade of the Masons’ Guild House. Journey along the embankments of the medieval port of Graslei, and discover other highlights such as the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders, the Great Butchers’ Hall, the Old Fish Market, and Friday Market Square. Enjoy some free time in this magical city before returning back to Brussels. Our adventure is over! Don't wait and enjoy this day with us!

Bruges: Guided Walking Tour and Canal Boat Trip

2. Bruges: Guided Walking Tour and Canal Boat Trip

Your guide will meet you at the meeting point. Experience the many charms of the Venice of the North and see why the historic center of Bruges was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the city tour you'll see the Lake of Love, the Begijnhof (founded in 1245), Walplein Square, the Stoofstraat, Old St. John’s Hospital, the Church of Our Lady, Gruuthuse Palace, the Djiver Canal, Rozenhoedkaai, Tanners Square (Huidenvettersplein), the Burg Square with its Gothic Town Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Market Square (Grote Markt) with the Belfort. At the end of the visit, your guide will answer all your questions and recommend places for lunch outside the tourist area. The guide will also give you advice about Belgium’s famous beer and about additional places to visit, including museums. End your visit with a boat ride through its canals! Do not miss this opportunity to discover the city from another perspective.

Bruges: Musea Brugge Card with Entry to 11 Museums

3. Bruges: Musea Brugge Card with Entry to 11 Museums

Make the most of your time in Bruges with the 72-hour Musea Brugge Card and get access to the city's top 11 museums and monuments, including Belfort, City Hall, Museum of the Church of Our Lady, Groeninge Museum, Liberty of Bruges, Sint-Janshuis Mill, Our Lady of the Pottery, Folk Museum, and more. Enjoy the diversity of the collection of sites – from the Flemish Primitives to contemporary art, from classic fine arts to archaeological finds, furniture, and folklore – Musea Brugge has something for everyone. Gain insight into Brugge’s art, culture, heritage, and people with free entry to the following attractions: • Belfort (Belfry and Carillon) • Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges) • Gezellehuis (House Gezelle) • Groeningemuseum (Groeninge Museum) • Gruuthusemuseum (Gruuthuse Museum) • O.L.V.-kerk Museum (Museum of the Church of Our Lady) • O.L.V.-ter-Potterie (Church of Our Lady of the Pottery) • Museum Sint-Janshospitaal (St John’s Hospital) • Sint-Janshuismolen (Sint-Janshuis Mill) - Closed during winter. Opens 1st of April • Stadhuis (City Hall) • Volkskundemuseum (Museum of Folk Life)

From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

4. From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

Travel to the medieval city of Bruges by train and take a 2.5-hour walking tour with an English-speaking guide on arrival. Marvel at the Minnewater that provides water to the canals and see the historical women-only convent of the Beguinage. Visit the city's only working brewery at De Halve Maan and get the chance to look inside the Hans Memling museum at the 12th-century Hospital of St. John. See one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world at the Church of Our Lady, where Michelangelo’s statue of the Madonna with Child can be found in the transept. Get a feel for everyday life at the historic Vis Markt (Fish Market) and look at the beautiful guildhalls on Tanners’ Square. Visit the Groeningemuseum and find one of Belgium's most famous Gothic buildings on the Markt (Market Square). Get 3 hours of free time to explore on your own. Take an optional canal cruise to appreciate the city from a different perspective before the train journey back to Brussels.

Bruges: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

5. Bruges: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Bruges’s city plan hasn’t changed since the middle ages. On this walking tour, you’ll get to peek behind the curtain of history to see what life was like back then, on a journey through time. You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in medieval Bruges where, through stories and quirky facts, you’ll get an understanding of what this city once was, and still is, all about. You’ll visit all the main sites and lesser known ones too. You’ll venture into little alleys, squares, inner courtyards and secret inner gardens that most visitors don’t see. By the end of the tour, you’ll know: • Why pigs were banned from the streets in the middle ages and Bruges still keeps swans in its canals • The barbershop symbol’s connection to a medieval hospital • Exactly where within the city you were considered safe from the law • Why Bruges’s citizens are called “the fools” • How a heroic blind donkey got a street named after him • The reason sightings of witches and angels could have been real • Why urine was traded in one tiny square, and where sayings like “piss-poor” originate from I’m a traveler and I started Legends Tours with a friend after years of taking tours and realising that I only remember the quirky, interesting facts along the way. Legends Tours brings history to life through entertaining stories, so after this tour you’ll be sure to have plenty of fun facts to share with others. This tour suits first time travelers, Bruges locals, folks interested in history, and even quickly bored kids. Allow at least 90 minutes for the tour but feel free to take your time, linger in some of the bars and restaurants en route, and take as many photos as you desire.

Bruges Guided Walking Tour: Stories, Mysteries and People

6. Bruges Guided Walking Tour: Stories, Mysteries and People

Ranked 5⭐ Star Bruges Walking Tour! Best Tour with a Local Guide 🎉 Welcome to the enchanting heart of Bruges, where the cobbled streets whisper tales of centuries past, and each cobblestone seems to have its own story to tell. I'm your trusty guide, your passport to the past, and your ticket to adventure in this charming medieval city. 🏰 Picture this: as we wander through the city centre, we'll journey through time, from the days when knights donned shiny armour to the modern era of delectable Belgian chocolates. It's like a time machine, but without the risk of accidentally changing history. Unless you really want to. But I don't recommend it. 🍫 Now, I know you're probably thinking, "Why Bruges? What's so special about this place?" Well, besides the fact that it's a Unesco World Heritage Site (which is basically the gold medal of cool places), Bruges boasts more chocolate shops than you can shake a cocoa bean at. And if that's not reason enough, let me tell you about the beer. Belgians take their beer seriously, and you should too. Trust me; it's a frothy adventure waiting to happen. 🏛️ But that's not all! We'll be rubbing elbows with towering cathedrals and cozy streets (try saying that after a few Belgian beers), all while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this living fairy tale. 🌊 And don't forget the canals! We've got more of those than Venice (well, almost), and they're the watery arteries that keep the city's charm flowing. We'll stroll along the water's edge, discovering why Bruges is sometimes called the "Venice of the North" (without the gondolas, but with lots more waffles). 🍻 So, are you ready to embark on a journey that's part history, part chocolate, and all fun? Grab your comfy shoes, your sense of wonder, and maybe an umbrella (because you never know when those Belgian skies will decide to sprinkle a little magic). Let's dive into the whimsical world of Bruges together, one Belgian chocolate at a time!

Bruges: City Highlights Exploration Game

7. Bruges: City Highlights Exploration Game

Think you can solve challenges on your phone to discover the highlights of Bruges? It’s time for a sightseeing exploration game. Play on your own and pause to stop at places you like, or race competitively against your friends to the Lake of Love.  Start at ‘T Zand information point, solving the challenges as the story unfolds. Follow exact directions on your phone to guide yourself to the next location.

Historical Walking Tour: The Story of Bruges - by Legends

8. Historical Walking Tour: The Story of Bruges - by Legends

Step back in time to medieval Bruges on our walking tour through the city's historical heart. Your local guide will regale you with tales of love, glory, and fortune, alongside stories of intrigue, war, and conflict. Meet your guide at Bruges' main square and explore the medieval heart of the city, including all the must-visit spots. Highlights include Market Square, the Church of Our Lady, St. John's Hospital, Gruuthuse Palace, Minnewater (Lake of Love), the Beguinage, Half Moon Brewery, Fish Market, Burg Square, and more. Pause at the Rosary Quay (Rozenhoedkaai), Bruges' most photographed spot, to capture your own memories. Discover a blend of history, funny anecdotes, legends, and facts as you explore both highlights and hidden gems. By the end of the tour, you'll be brimming with local knowledge and equipped with insider tips for your time in Bruges. As a bonus, receive a chocolate treat, a booklet with discounts (€3 off boat tours) and gifts at select local restaurants, museums, and shops.

Bruges by bike with family and friends!

9. Bruges by bike with family and friends!

We start with our small group on the Market Square of Bruges. Meet your local guide and pick out a bike that suits you. When you feel comfortable, we go ahead for a bike tour to discover the highlights of the historic center. Ride past the towering Belfry of Bruges and the medieval Gruuthuse palace. Pause to admire views of a red-brick castle by Minnewater lake. Peddle by the windmills on top of the city walls. Head to a medieval city gate to get an idea of what the old city fortifications were like. Cycle along the old harbor to take in views of houseboats. Continue to the garden district of St. Anna. Visit a local chocolate shop. Taste the Belgian chocolate! After a short break we continue to see local street art and a colorful mural! Bruges has so much to offer! At the end of the tour we bring you back to the Market square. The guide will provide a map and a lot of ideas to spend the rest of your time in Bruges in the best way!

Bruges: Ticket Museum Sint-Janshospitaal

10. Bruges: Ticket Museum Sint-Janshospitaal

The new St John’s Hospital Museum extends a warm welcome to all of its visitors. Step inside this 12th-century hospital and immerse yourself in the history of care (and caring). Can you feel the heartbeat of the millions of visitors who came before you? Since the Middle Ages, this place has been a warm haven for anyone who needed care or somewhere to sleep. Hospitality is literally interwoven with the hospital's DNA. Today, the hospital is welcoming you. At the museum, you will discover some fascinating old art, the hospital collection and masterpieces by contemporary artists like Berlinde De Bruyckere and Patricia Piccinini, complemented by some gripping stories and testimonies as to hospitality and empathy. Let yourself be enthralled by the world-famous Memling collection too. Hans Memling, one of the best-known Flemish primitives, created a number of his major works specially for St John's Hospital. It has been the home of these works since the 15th century. Finish off your visit to the St John’s Hospital Museum with a look inside the old hospital pharmacy with an authentic 17th-century interior and herb garden.

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4.5
(128 reviews)

Pablo as a guide deserves an award! He is so knowledgeable, so passionate, so much fun! He explains history in an exciting and intriguing way and although he probably is saying everything for the 1000th time in his career, it seems like it's the first time with all the excitement he shows for the history of Belgium! Great value for money and well planned, 100% recommend!

The trip started in Brussels we went to Brugge and Ghent . The whole trip was great because of the professional guide called Pablo he is so well informed and intelligent that made this trip unforgettable.

Unfortunately, as Italians we didn't understand anything about the explanations in Spanish. A real shame that there isn't a tour in Italian at an affordable price

Our guide was excellent and very personable. Genuinely interested, and took time to answer questions. Great job!

A fun informative couple of hours and very good value