Ah, Bruges… There’s a reason why it’s Belgium’s #1 tourist destination. Nowhere else will you find such a perfectly preserved medieval city, its cobblestone streets and brick facades seemingly unchanged since the fifteenth century. The entire historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Any visit to Bruges will include the stately Markt square with its formidable Belfort and charming guild houses. Nearby, intimate Burg square is home to some of the most beautiful buildings in Bruges, including the Gothic city hall with its richly sculpted facade. For architecture buffs, Bruges is a treasure trove of historic building styles.
Highlights of Bruges: A walking tour through the historic city center, including all the main sights: the Markt & Burg squares, the Begijnhof, and the Church of Our Lady with its famous Madonna and Child by Michelangelo.
Burgundian Bruges: Travel back to the 15th century, when Bruges was the richest and most important trade center in Northern Europe, and a favorite residence of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy. This was truly the Golden Age of Bruges.
Van Eyck and Memling: Two of the greatest artists of the Northern Renaissance worked and lived in Bruges. We’ll look at some of their most stunning works and see the city as they would have known it in their day.