The lives of medieval men was always under the threat of war or some sort of military operation. Over the years the surplus women formed a religious movement were they joined Sisterhoods of the Roman Catholic Church. These women lived in small gated communities, not entirely retiring from the world unlike the lifestyle at an abbey in those days. Called Beguinages they had less strict rules and regulations than abbeys and were more inclusive as well. The Beguinage of Bruges is one such small collection of houses where today the nuns of the Order of Saint Benedict reside. The houses were originally built in the 1th century. A tranquil area with quaint whitewashed houses it is perfect for a stroll and a look into a more austere and pious life. The museum there offers a glimpse into the lives of the medieval nuns and there is a church there as well with a convent garden.
- The above mentioned timings are for the museum.
- Visit early in the morning before breakfast or after lunch for a mid-afternoon stroll.
- Spend at least an hour just walking around.
- It is a calm and peaceful area. Visit for a few hours if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists.
- A religious area, dress appropriately, does not make too much noise and no photographs. Respect decorum and soak up the tranquillity.
- Medieval houses that home Benedictian nuns in a small and peaceful gated community.
- There are a few parking spots in 5 minute walking distances.
- Wheelchair accessible.
- Museum charges 2 Euros for adults, 1 Euro for students.
- Short walk from the historic centre.
- T' Brugsch Bieratelier (bar/Belgian, moderately expensive, casual)
- Salade Folle (Eurpoean, moderately expensive, casual)
- 'T Oud Kanthuys (Belgian, moderately expensive, casual)
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37.24% of people who visit Bruges include Begijnhof Or Beguinage in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
65.91% of people start their Begijnhof Or Beguinage visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
2 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Begijnhof Or Beguinage
63.95% of people prefer walking in order to reach Begijnhof Or Beguinage
A place for quietness and serenity. Go fir 7:30 am mass to see the old ladies saying the prayers. Heavenly
Location: In the heart of Bruge city Lighting: Good Mood: Casual Music: you will find some live performances going on Recommendation on location: great place to eat and enjoy the view of the beautiful and colorful buildings all around.
As pretty as the Brugge is, it is also swarmed with tourists all year round. We were there during the shoulder season of October and it was still packed to the brim. This place was a welcomed respite away from the hustle and bustle. Dating back from the 13th century, after you past through its 17th century gates you walk through cobblestone streets into a serene courtyard where Nuns still live and work (and go to church 5 times a day!). The gates are still closed each night so it's great that they make it open and available to tourists even though I'm sure it adds unwanted noise into their life. Thank you for sharing your special place with the rest of the world.
Simply beautiful, especially if you can avoid the crowd
Very beautiful place to visit. If you are traveling to Brugge you can't miss this place.