Most eye-catching with its early baroque gabling, gilt highlights and golden statuettes. It was once the palace of the ‘Liberty of...
The gothic hall's polychromatic ceiling almost drips with medieval carvings, and murals depicting the town's history add to the room's...
Next door to the Brugse Vrije is the beautiful 1420 stadhuis, with a fanciful facade that’s second only to Leuven’s for exquisitely...
Nowhere else on the planet serves the fabulous 11% Garre draught beer, which comes with a thick floral head in a glass that’s almost a...
Hidden down a narrow cobbled alley on the busy link between the Markt and Burg, most tourists miss this funky brasserie - don't make the...
Smaller but arguably more impressive than the Markt is the adjoining Burg. For more than five centuries the former palace on this majestic site was the seat of the counts of Flanders. The St Donatian Cathedral also stood here until 1799, when religious zealots tore it down. These days the Burg contains the city's most appealing cluster of buildings, plus the contemporary Toyo Ito pavilion, a geometric bunker that sits in a pool of stagnant water opposite the city hall.
To some it creates an image of lightness, progress, transience and evolution; to others it's simply a form that gets the cold shoulder.