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.