What’s the best way to see Bruges? On foot, by bike, and by boat – all of which is made possible with a City Card. For 35 euros, you get two days of free access to museums, windmills, and canal boats, discounted concert tickets and bike rentals – and more.
The museums are amazing: the Groeninge Museum and St John’s Hospital contain exquisite work by the Flemish Primitives. The Church of Our Lady is home to Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child. At the Lace Museum, local women design and make lace by hand.
For the youngsters there are Belgian fry and chocolate museums, and 366 steps leading to the clock tower, known as the Belfry. Resident swans add to the fun of a canal boat cruise. (Bruges is called the Venice of the North, after all).
Step back in time at the Beguinage, with its whitewashed housefronts and tranquil convent garden; the museum was founded in 1245. The free tour at Brewery De Halve Maan brings you squarely into the present with a tasting of award winning beer.
Depending on your pace, you might not be able do everything this small city (pop 20,000) has to offer – but there is definitely something for everyone!
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