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Bonifaciusbrug (Boniface Bridge)

Bonifaciusbrug (Boniface Bridge)

The very photogenic Boniface Bridge may be one of the youngest bridges in Bruges, but it sums up the city perfectly. A mysterious atmosphere, abundantly romantic and fabulous views that fight for your attention. Should you gaze at the little canals and overhanging half-timbered houses, or should you tilt back your head to admire the stately Church of Our Lady, or the adjacent Gruuthuse Palace? A magical place at every hour of the day, and one that must be seen to be believed. Close at hand stands the Gruuthuse Bridge with the white-painted Arents’ House - the only bridge in Bruges with a building standing on it.
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Gruuthuse binnenhof (Gruuthuse courtyard)

Gruuthuse binnenhof (Gruuthuse courtyard)

This magnificent 15th century city palace was built to impress, and it’s been doing so in style ever since. The contemporary pavilion makes a striking contrast to the Gruuthuse Palace. On the right stands the Church of Our Lady, while to the left is one of Bruges' loveliest canals. So knowing where to look first is a bit of a challenge. Take your time and discover the many surprising corners in this special courtyard. With a high wow factor!
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Koningin Astridpark (Queen Astrid park)

Koningin Astridpark (Queen Astrid park)

Right in the heart of the city, near the Fish Market and Burg Square and in the shadow of Saint Magdalene’s Church, lies this glorious botanical park. And although Queen Astrid park is blessed with many imposing trees, it contains numerous other treasures. From the pond with its fountain, through a colourful romantic kiosk to a large playground where Bruges’ little ones can push their limits. There are abundant benches and chairs where you can sit to enjoy all this beauty.
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Huidenvettersplein (Tanners Square)

Huidenvettersplein (Tanners Square)

Tucked away between the Fish Market and the Rozenhoedkaai, you’ll find the Tanners Square, one of the intimate little squares with which Bruges abounds. And just a stone’s throw from the Market Square and Burg Square. In the Middle Ages this was where the tanners worked their leather, but today it’s given over to the good life. Take a break on one of the café terraces and take a good look around. We bet you’ll discover lots of hidden medieval details.
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Jan van Eyckplein (Jan van Eyck Square)

Jan van Eyckplein (Jan van Eyck Square)

The Manhattan of Burgundian Bruges in the Middle Ages. A lively port where busy traders assembled from all over Europe, and you could hear every imaginable language. A tangle of people loading and unloading pressed around the Toll House and the Rijkepijndershuis while citizens and merchants watched approvingly from the Burghers’ Lodge. Today the square is dominated by the stately presence of the world-famous master painter Jan van Eyck, and from here you can set off to discover peaceful, quiet working-class neighbourhoods.
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Brugse Vesten (Bruges' City Ramparts)

Brugse Vesten (Bruges' City Ramparts)

With its 26 hectares and over 3000 trees, the Vesten form broad green ramparts around the city. A protected view of the city and the perfect place to stroll. Or admire the city’s treasures from the secluded cycle path along the city walls during a pleasant circular ride around Bruges. Your route takes you past the Lake of Love, the Coupure marina, the Conzett Bridge and four medieval city gates. Perhaps you’ll take a break at the foot of the windmills? Walking or cycling, there’s plenty to see along its 7 km-long route.
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