Bruges Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Bruges

If you have extra time, Markt is worthwhile.
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    Located just south of theDe Halve Maan Brewery, Minnewater Lake (which literally means "Lake of Love") is a charming body of water bookended by canals. There are park benches, weeping willows, walking paths and even swans that give the lake a lovely ambience. Some say the canalized lake is best

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    Historic Centre of Brugge
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    Since 2000, the Historic Centre of Brugge has been aUNESCO World Heritage Sitefor its "outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement, which has maintained its historic fabric as this has evolved over the centuries." Canals or cobblestone paths frame these medieval buildings (and gothic ones too), giving the area an

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    Lonely Planetcalls the Markt, the "nerve center" of Bruges. And you can see why: Shadowed by medieval buildings, the area is peppered with cafés that spill out into the streets. Horse-drawn carriages also clip-clop through the city square. And did we mention tourists? There are almost always a ton of

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    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

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    The Romanesque-style Basilica of the Holy Blood curiously has an ornate Gothic upper level. But most visitors flock to this chapel to look at a small vial of blood, which is said to have belonged to none-other than Jesus Christ. Every year on Ascension Day (in May or June), the

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