Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Damme

Museum St-Janshospitaal

In the restored chapel of a 12th century hospital building with superb timber beamwork, this museum shows various torturous-looking medical implements, hospital sedan chairs and a gruesome 1679 painting of an anatom…
Top Choice Gallery in The South

Groeningemuseum

Bruges’ most celebrated art gallery boasts an astonishingly rich collection whose strengths are in superb Flemish Primitive and Renaissance works, depicting the conspicuous wealth of the city with glitteringly reali…
Top Choice Historic Building in Ostend

Atlantikwall

The gripping Atlantikwall is a remarkably extensive complex of WWI and WWII bunkers, gun emplacements and linking brick tunnels created by occupying German forces. Most bunkers are furnished and ‘manned’ by waxwork …
Top Choice Museum in Ypres

In Flanders Fields

No museum gives a more balanced yet moving and user-friendly introduction to WWI history. It’s a multi-sensory experience combining soundscapes, videos, well-chosen exhibits and interactive learning stations at whic…
Church in Burg, Markt & the North

Heilig-Bloedbasiliek

The stadhuis’s western end morphs into the strangely invisible Heilig-Bloedbasiliek. The basilica takes its name from a phial supposedly containing a few drops of Christ’s blood that was brought here after the 12th …
Historic Building in Ypres

Lakenhalle

Dominating the Grote Markt, the enormous reconstructed Lakenhalle is one of Belgium’s most impressive buildings. Its 70m-high belfry has the vague appearance of a medieval Big Ben. The original version was completed…
Historic Building in Burg, Markt & the North

Belfort

Towering 83m above the square like a gigantic medieval rocket is the fabulous 13th-century belfort. There’s relatively little to see inside, but it’s worth the mildly claustrophobic 366-step climb for the fine views…
Church in The South

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk

This large, somewhat sober 13th-century church sports an enormous tower that’s currently ‘wrapped’ for extensive renovation. Inside, it’s best known for Michelangelo’s serenely contemplative 1504 Madonna and Child s…
Historic Building in Burg, Markt & the North

Stadhuis

The beautiful 1420 stadhuis features a fanciful facade that’s second only to Leuven’s for exquisitely turreted Gothic excess. Inside, an audioguide explains numerous portraits in somewhat excessive detail before lea…
Historic Building in Burg, Markt & the North

Brugse Vrije

Most eye-catching with its early baroque gabling, gilt highlights and golden statuettes, this was once the palace of the ‘Liberty of Bruges’, the large autonomous territory and administrative body that ruled from Br…