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Medieval Bruges: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

1. Medieval Bruges: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Get off of the well-trodden tourist trail and venture into the heart of medieval Bruges on a self-guided tour. Wander down picturesque streets and go back in time with a mobile audio guide and an old city map from 1562. Discover the Sint Anna Quarter, Market Square, Huis Ter Beurze, along with hidden gems. Pass by main sites like Market Square where the tour starts, but be prepared to come across lesser-known landmarks. See the remnants of the 12th-century city walls and a medieval tower. Venture over 700-year-old bridges and into little alleys, forgotten squares, secret inner gardens, and hidden monuments. Along the route, find out what Bruges was like in its glory days as a medieval metropole. Explore one of the city’s most authentic neighborhoods, the Sint Anna Quarter, and learn what the area – and its high unemployment rate in the 1800s – has to do with Bruges La Morte. Follow the map to reach Café Vlissinghe, the oldest continuously operating bar in Bruges, and the Museum of Folk Life. The tour ends at the old Bonne Chière windmill where you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view over the medieval metropole. On the way, find out the little corner of Bruges where the stock exchange was invented, and why St Gilis canal was renamed the Golden Hand Canal. Learn what medieval sanitation was like in the olden days and the origin of sayings like "shitfaced". Pass by haunted houses and uncover their ghost stories. See where the witches of Bruges used to gather. Understand it was like to live in a medieval wooden house and work in the old harbor. Get to know why the city had an Italian Quarter, Spanish Quarter, Easterling Quarter, and English Quarter.

Bruges: 1.5-Hour Dark Side of Bruges Private Evening Tour

2. Bruges: 1.5-Hour Dark Side of Bruges Private Evening Tour

Explore the lesser-known side of Bruges with your professional private guide to hear the story about the rise and fall of our city. During the 1.5-hour walking tour you'll learn about the city's history, find out interesting facts about medieval Bruges and discover dark stories and old legends. We'll finish the tour at a bar with a complementary beer.  Enjoy a perfect mix of history and dark stories, myths, old legends, interesting facts, and hidden gems — everything to make your time in Bruges memorable and exciting. As it is a private tour, it can be customized based on your preferences and indications. The tour ends at the Bauhaus bar, a famous local pub where you will receive a Belgian beer. Stops included on the tour: + the Market Square, + Jan Van Eyck Square, + the Ghost house, + the Golden Hand Canal, + Sint-Anna Quarter, + the Jerusalem Church, + St. John's Mill, and many more!

Bruges: Bike Tour of the Old Town and St. Anna's Quarter

3. Bruges: Bike Tour of the Old Town and St. Anna's Quarter

See more of Bruges with a bike tour through the highlights of the historic center and the windmills and canals in St. Anna's quarter. Stop to take a picture of the castle by Minnewater lake. Meet your local guide and pick out a bike that suits you. Ride past the towering Belfry of Bruges and the medieval Gruuthuse palace. Pause to admire views of a red-brick castle by Minnewater lake. Peddle by windmills that were built on top of the city walls. Head to the four surviving medieval city gates in the city to get an idea of what the old city fortifications were like. Continue to to the garden district of St. Anna. Cycle along the old harbor to taken in views of houseboats. Smell the bread as you pass an old bakery. See local street art and a colorful mural.

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4.7 / 5

based on 25 reviews

The audio tour was excellent. Lots of great facts and locations which we would never have found on our own. Insightful and entertaining. The App worked really well using GPS to keep you on track. Really great value for money.

Inspiring and enthusiastically presented stories and legends about the city and its history, at various locations in the center of Bruges.

Excelent experience with Mauricio guide. Very interesting explanations with a deep knowledge of the Bruges history. Absolutely recommend!

Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. He made the tour very fun and engaging, and all with a personal touch.

Nico was a great tour guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and a great storyteller. We really enjoyed our evening.