Bruges and the Coast

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  • 1. Burg

    A popular daytime meeting place and an enchanting, floodlit scene after dark, the Burg is flanked by striking, centuries-old civic buildings. Named for the fortress...Read More

  • 2. Burg

    A popular daytime meeting place and an enchanting, floodlit scene after dark, the Burg is flanked by striking civic buildings. Named for the fortress built...Read More

  • 3. Groeningemuseum

    The tremendous holdings of this gallery give you the makings for a crash course in the Flemish Primitives and their successors. Petrus Christus, Hugo van...Read More

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  • 4. Gruuthusemuseum

    Arguably the city's finest museum lies within a house built in the 15th century for the Gruuthuses, a powerful family who made their money on...Read More

  • 5. Heilig Bloed Basiliek

    The Basilica of the Holy Blood manages to include both the austere and the ornate under one roof—not to mention one of Europe's most precious...Read More

  • 6. In Flanders Fields Museum

    The powerful interactive displays in the In Flanders Fields Museum preserve the terrors of trench warfare and the memory of those who died in nearby...Read More

  • 7. Markt

    Used as a marketplace since AD 958, this square is still one of the liveliest places in Bruges. In the center stands a memorial to...Read More

  • 8. Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

    In Zonnebeke, 10 km (6 miles) east from Ypres (take the N37) this museum is, simply put, a must-see. It houses the largest public collection...Read More

  • 9. Menenpoort

    About 100 yards east of the Grote Markt, the Menenpoort is among the most moving of war memorials. It was built near the old Menin...Read More

  • 10. Reien

    Bruges's narrow and meandering canals, or reien, with their old humpback stone bridges, give the city its character, opening up perspective and imposing their calm....Read More

  • 11. Sint-Janshospitaal Museum

    Home to an impressive collection of Hans Memling paintings, this is one of the oldest surviving medieval hospitals in Europe. It was founded in the...Read More

  • 12. Zwin Natuur Park

    Zwin is a remarkable 390-acre nature reserve and bird sanctuary reaching the Netherlands border, preserved thanks to the efforts of naturalist Count Léon Lippens in...Read More

  • 13. Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen

    On the southern edge of Koksijde are the ruins of the Cistercian Duinenabdij (Abbey of the Dunes), founded in 1107 and destroyed by the iconoclasts...Read More

  • 14. Arentshuis

    The upper floor of this 18th-century building is dedicated to the multitalented artist Frank Brangwyn (1867–1956), born in Bruges to British parents. His works include...Read More

  • 15. Atlantikwall Rayverside

    Just to the west of town among the dunes (bus lines 68 and 69 stop outside), this is one of the best preserved parts of...Read More

  • 16. Begijnhof

    This 13th-century béguinage consists of a pretty and serene cluster of small whitewashed houses, a pigeon tower, and a church surrounding a pleasant green at...Read More

  • 17. Brewery Bourgogne de Flandres

    After almost 60 years away, the Bourgogne de Flandres brewery returned to Bruges in 2015, and added a new visitor center and tour. It's aimed...Read More

  • 18. Bruges Beer Experience

    Frites and chocolate already have their own museums in the city, so it was only a matter of time before the third comestible in Belgium's...Read More

  • 19. Choco-Story

    Choco-Story may deviate from the historical quaintness found everywhere else in Bruges, but it makes for a diverting bookend if you've been trawling the delightful...Read More

  • 20. De Haan Beach

    Despite its relatively diminutive size, De Haan lays claim to having Belgium's largest beach: an expanse of white sand stretching around 12 km (7½ miles)...Read More

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