Beguinage
©JAN DARTHET/Toerisme Brugge

Key Info

Wijngaardstraat

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Beguinage (also called Begijnhof) -- a small commune consisting of modest homes and a church -- dates back to the 13th century.  The Countess of Constantinople, Margaret, founded this campus for the Beguines, who were young women or widows that devoted themselves to charitable work; but they didn't have to take religious vows to do so. Today, Benedictine nuns reside within the whitewashed houses, though visitors can still tour the grounds and a small museum.

Travelers offer mixed opinions on the merits of visiting the Beguinage. Some say it's overcrowded with loud tourists, and some say it's perfectly serene -- the calmest place in Bruges. Most say you don't need longer than 10 minutes to see it.

You'll find the Beguinage just around the corner from the De Halve Maan Brewery. Walking the grounds is free, but touring one of the houses will cost you €2 EUR (about $2.75 USD). Hours of operation vary by season. For more information, visit the tourism board's website

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