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This was a first time experience of visiting Bruges. My guide is from a more senior point of view and also coincided with their Christmas Market.

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  • Senior
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

10 Places

2 City Tips

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10 Places

Day 1

Hotel Rosenburg

Hotels

La Civiere D'Or

Restaurants

Day 2

Diamond Museum

Speciality Museums

Historium Brugge

Speciality Museums

Tompouce

Restaurants

Day 3

Stadhuis

Architectural Buildings

Historic Centre of Brugge

Historic Sites

Le Pain Quotidien

Restaurants

Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum

Speciality Museums

Old Bruges

Restaurants

Mary A's City Tips

  • The shops and market stalls are open through the day and closed at 6pm in general. A few of the food stalls stayed open up to 8pm.
  • The language spoken is Flemish, so don't revise your school French as I did ! Do wear comfortable walking shoes as the streets are mainly cobbled and can be tiring on your feet.
    Day 1
  • Hotel Rosenburg
    Hotels
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    Mary A Says:

    A lovely looking hotel set next to a canal and very peaceful. Rooms are a good size and comfortable. Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent food with plenty of choice from both hot and cold buffet breakfast table. There is a bar in the reception area to round your day off with.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • In an evening we found that the corridors to the rooms were dark until we found the push switches at intervals that illuminate the way to your room for just a minute or two.
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good value in Bruges but Beware of Current Construction Project 01/03/2019
    • Awful - avoid at all costs 01/03/2019
    • Hotel Rosenburg
    Address:
    Coupure 30
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
  • La Civiere D'Or
    Restaurants (French, Belgian, European)
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    Mary A Says:

    We liked this restaurant for its style, set in one of the delightful castellated buildings in the main square. Very warm and welcoming inside with friendly and helpful staff. We had the 17.50 Euro fixed price 3 course menu and it was excellent. Typically Flemish cuisine and delicious. Our waiter Jowel was good fun and attentive, serving us with a glass of complimentary Rose wine with our starters. We both had Smoked Flemish Ham with Melon and side salad. Then a Flemish Stew and a Rabbit Stew in Flemish style. Rounded off with Creme Caramel and an Apple Pie. Good coffee to finish the meal off. Well satisfied for sure !

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #623 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    • Decent food on the Market Square 21/03/2019
    • Worst Restaurant I Have Ever Visited! 20/03/2019
    • La Civiere D'Or
    Address:
    Markt 33
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 34 30 36
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$87
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Diamond Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Mary A Says:

    A fascinating insight to the history of diamond mining and subsequent uses. Only a small museum but well filled with interesting historical displays and facts. The visit was finished by watching a demonstration of diamond polishing. A very intricate and time consuming process for the diamond trade in order to produce the brilliant diamonds we see in jewellery pieces. It's no wonder that they are so expensive . Fascinating.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 133 things to do in Bruges
    • Don't miss the polishing demo. 22/03/2019
    • Not bad 07/03/2019
    • Diamond Museum
    Address:
    Katelijnestraat 43
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 34 20 56
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Historium Brugge
    Speciality Museums
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    Mary A Says:

    A well thought out museum which provides an audio guided tour which took us through various sets with films and tableaux. Our ethereal guide was Jacob who tells the story of when he was an assistant to Jan Van Eyck. The whole tour proved to be a good history trail of Bruges and told its trading history plus the work of the artist Van Eyck.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 133 things to do in Bruges
    • Interesting experience but lift access not pointed out 26/03/2019
    • Tried to get in but ignored 25/03/2019
    • Historium Brugge
    Address:
    Markt 1
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 27 03 11
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Tompouce
    Restaurants (Belgian, European, Mediterranean, Seafood)
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    Mary A Says:

    We loved this restaurant, set in Burg near to the Town Hall and Stadhuis. As it was Christmas time we could see the beautifully decorated tree out in the square. The decor to the restaurant is sumptuous with gorgeous chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Comfortable seating for the dining area. There was background music of classical and easy listening which was just right to compliment an excellent meal. We had prompt service from attentive staff. I had mushroom omelette and my husband tried the traditional Flemish dish of Waterzooi de Poulet, which is like a soup with either chicken or fish with vegetables in. Both meals filling and delicious. The waiters bade us goodnight as we left and held the door for us.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Senior
    From the community
    Ranked #433 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    • Great meal 22/03/2019
    • Average, service could be better! 16/03/2019
    • Tompouce
    Address:
    Burg 17
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 33 03 36
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Stadhuis
    Architectural Buildings
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    Mary A Says:

    The building holds the Bruges city archives today but in its past was for councils and governing bodies. Not a great deal to look at but what there is shows a magnificent past with wall decorations and artworks from the 1600's.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • A combined entrance ticket takes you on to the Musea Brugge in the same building.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 133 things to do in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiul Town Hall 21/03/2019
    • Historically interesting 17/02/2019
    • Stadhuis
    Address:
    Burg 12
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 44 87 11
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Other:
  • Historic Centre of Brugge
    Historic Sites
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    Mary A Says:

    Musea Brugge has a wonderful Gothic Hall which is covered with beautifully detailed murals from 1886. They were all painted by the brothers Albrecht and Juliaan De Vriendt. They depict the history of Bruges and its trading history in fantastic detail and there is a very good guide card to take round with you so that you don't miss any fine detail. For instance, the brothers have painted themselves in to one of the scenes and it's good to be able to find where they are.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Remember to pick up a guide card for the paintings !
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 133 things to do in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Interesting 26/03/2019
    • Beautiful Bruges - a must visit! 26/03/2019
    • Historic Centre of Brugge
    Other:
  • Le Pain Quotidien
    Restaurants (French, Belgian, European)
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    Mary A Says:

    This cafe looks almost a bit too plain to attract you in but it is well worth it. It serves organic food and drink at plain scrubbed tables. Excellent coffee and and our apple pastry heavenlyl ! The food and drinks say it all for this place.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #212 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    • Lovely, quiet place with amazing atmosphere 11/03/2019
    • Nice but not what it could be 02/03/2019
    • Le Pain Quotidien
    Address:
    Philipstockstraat 21
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 33 60 50
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Mary A Says:

    A museum for chocolate lovers as you learn the history from the Mayans and Aztecs through to modern day. There is everything you could possibly want to know with lots of artefacts all linked to chocolate manufacture and serving of it. The whole tour ends with a demonstration of how chocolate shapes are filled and then we got to taste them. In all we had 3 chocolates through our visit. Plenty also to buy as the exit is via the shop ! Beware, this museum is over 3 levels which gave us lots of stairs to climb. There is a small lift for anyone not able to use the stairs.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 133 things to do in Bruges
    • Not worth it 26/03/2019
    • Informative 26/03/2019
    • Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum
    Address:
    Wijnzakstraat 2
    Sint-Jansplein
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 61 22 37
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Old Bruges
    Restaurants (Belgian, European)
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    Mary A Says:

    The food here was very good. I had very generous portions of salmon fillets with boiled potatoes and a creamy sauce. My husband had scampi but not as we serve it in the UK. It was in a tomato and basil sauce which was yummy. Good coffee afterwards. Our only problem was the background music which proved a bit too invasive. It was jazz but on a constant loop and there's only so much you can take of it if you're not a real fan !

    Good for
    • Foodie
    From the community
    Ranked #642 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    • Poor customer service in a lovely courtyard. 17/03/2019
    • 20 euro soup 12/01/2019
    • Old Bruges
    Address:
    Vismarkt 7
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 33 03 32
    Other:
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