Bruges unique character was recognized by UNESCO in 2000 when it was placed on the World Heritage List. As Bruges is mostly closed to cars, the visit will be a “Walking About” tour. To give a first real feeling, we would suggest the “canal tour ”, this is a “must”. Small boats will serpentine trough the town, passing under medieval bridges and giving you a sight you can never admire from elsewhere.
After digesting this event, we will start our walking visit, passing “The Markt”, flanked by houses with crow-stepped gables, old guildhalls and the covered market in the shadow of the magnificent town belfry built in the 13C. The “Burg”, excavations have uncovered remains of the early-9C ramparts, however, these were pulled down in the 10C to enable the construction of St. Donaaskerk (church). Subsequently, the walls were replaced by brick ramparts. Four of Bruges main buildings surround this square: The Basilica church dedicated to the Holy Blood - The Gothic town hall. The Renaissance court record office.
All these edifices will be visited jumping from one century to the other and leaving the visitor in ecstasy. We won’t miss to visit the Gothic church dedicated to Our Lady and admire the Michelangelo’s splendid white marble “Madonna and Child”, The “Beguine Convent of the Vine” founded in 1245, The Groeninge museum from 15C, devoted to the Flemish Primitive painters and also the Memling museum housed in the old 12C St. Jans Hospitaal.
These will be the main spots, we will end the tour, driving around the ramparts and end in the most precious and melancholy little town of Damme who previously was the harbor of Bruges. Here, we will enjoy the best pancakes in the World, in an real local “bistrot”.
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