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Bruges Area Map

Neighborhoods

The historic city center is where you will find most tourists exploring Bruges, as that is where many of the top attractions are located. But head to some lesser-known districts for a more quiet and authentic experience.

Areas like Sint-Anna Quarter – home of St. Anne's Church and known for its cobblestone streets – offer a peaceful respite from the bustling action. There you will find Langestraat, a street filled with cafes and tapas bars, as well as four historic windmills and the 15th-century Jerusalem Chapel, which is a replica of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

't Zand is home to a large square, ideal for hosting events like city markets, as well as the modern Concertgebouw cultural center and hotels like the Hotel Bliss.

The Ezelstraat Quarter is also a hip area with lots of boutiques and art galleries and famous for its centuries-old Ezelstraat Street, former home of artist Hans Memling.

When it comes to safety, Bruges generally has a low crime rate, is clean and safe for traveling alone, though as in any tourist destination, be aware of pickpocketing and traveling by yourself at night. The State Department does encourage citizens to exercise extreme caution when visiting Belgium due to terrorist groups continuing to plot possible attacks there.

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