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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 Artwork in Ghent

The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

Formidable queues form to see The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (De Aanbidding van het Lams God), a lavish representation of medieval religious thinking that is one of the earliest-known oil paintings. Completed in 1…
Top Choice Gallery in Bruges

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 Live Music in Bruges

Retsin’s Lucifernum

A former Masonic lodge owned by a self-proclaimed vampire: ring the bell on a Sunday night, pass the voodoo temple and hope you’re invited inside where an otherworldly candle-lit bar may be serving potent rum cockta…
Top Choice Gallery in Ghent

MSK

Styled like a Greek temple, this superb 1903 fine-art gallery introduces a veritable A-Z of great Belgian and Low Countries’ painters from the 14th to mid-20th centuries. Highlights include a happy family of coffins…
Top Choice International in Bruges

De Stove

Just 20 seats keep this gem intimate. Fish caught daily is the house speciality, but the monthly changing menu also includes the likes of wild boar fillet on oyster mushrooms. Everything, from the bread to the ice c…
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…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Bruges

't Apostelientje

Bruges overflows with lace vendors, but this sweet little ‘museum shop’ is well off the normal tourist trail. The delicate garments and gifts on sale are made from beautiful and authentic lace, handmade by two siste…
Top Choice International in Bruges

Den Gouden Harynck

Behind an ivy-clad facade, this uncluttered Michelin-starred restaurant garners consistent praise and won’t hurt the purse quite as severely as certain better-known competitors. A lovely location: both central and s…