Top Historical Places in Bruges

Are you looking to explore the history of Bruges through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Bruges including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Bruges. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Bruges ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Bruges, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Bruges for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Bruges with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Historic Centre

    Historical Site, Square, Architecture

    “It’s a fairy-tale town, isn’t it?” That was a line from "In Bruges", a crime drama shot entirely in Bruges. And it is an accurate description of the town. It does have a certain fairy-tale like quality about it with its beautiful medieval Gothic architecture and cobbled streets and the abundance of criss-crossed canals which has given it the nick name the Venice of the ...Read more
  2. Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen

    Landmark, View Point, Historical Site, Monument

    Looming at the heart of the city stands the Belfry of Bruges. With its 47 bells atop the 83 meter structure and steep stairway, the bell tower is one of the most recognizable and immortalized structures of the city. Formerly used as a treasury, a store for the city’s archives and a look out spot, the Belfry has become one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations due to its an...Read more
  3. Basilica Of The Holy Blood

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    Some of Europe's biggest draws are their gigantic cathedrals built in a range of styles overwhelming their viewers with beautiful architecture. Yet there are many small churches that enjoy a similar popularity. Some are very picturesque, and some are a little museum like, they contain an artefact of a work of art. The Roman Catholic Church, the Basilica of the Holy Blood is both those things. B...Read more
  4. The Markt

    Landmark, Walking Area, Statue, Square

    Every European town has a centre, a space for the townsfolk to mingle during festivities, a medieval invention long before the times of personal computers and endless distraction. Bruges, keeping in line with its Grimm brother’s tale vibe, has one of the most darkly charming market squares. The buildings are a mixture of medieval and Gothic and at the centre of the square stand a statue o...Read more
  5. Begijnhof Or Beguinage

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    Begijnhof Or Beguinage

    Religious Site, Museum, Historical Site

    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 ...Read more
  6. Church Of Our Lady

    4.6 (1205 Votes)
    Church Of Our Lady

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Monument

    One of the most beautiful structures in the city, the Church of Our Lady is famous internationally for its architecture, religious significance and artistic beauty. Whether you’re a history buff or just a casual observer, visiting this beauty is highly recommended if you stop by the city of Bruges.  With its towering spire, ancient architecture, statues and sculptures, this church is...Read more
  7. Burg

    Walking Area, Historical Site, Square, Architecture

    In its golden age between the 12th and the 15th centuries Bruges was a booming town. And a growing town can't make do with one square. Burg square is the town's second medieval square. A similar feel to the Markt Square with its cafes and shops but without the looming presence of the Belfry over you. The architecture here is fantastic; just walk around slowly soaking in the beauty. Take a camer...Read more
  8. Stadhuis Town Hall

    4.5 (2094 Votes)
    Stadhuis Town Hall

    Landmark, Historical Site, Architecture , Heritage Building

    Built in the Burg back in 1376, the Town Hall is officially the oldest building in Bruges. It is a brilliant example of the beautiful Flamboyant Gothic style that came over from France; in fact it was to be its last architectural export for a while as Italy soon upended it with the Renaissance. The interiors are just as rich, the oak ceiling of the entrance hall is decorated with happenings fro...Read more
  9. Holy Saviour Cathedral

    4.5 (468 Votes)
    Holy Saviour Cathedral

    Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    What started out as a common parish church transformed into the Holy Saviour Cathedral of Bruges in the 19th century. The architecture is mainly Gothic and has a belfry that stretches up to a 100 meters and wooden choir stalls, built in the 15th century. The cathedral is also home to a museum and a treasury. The churches stunning tapestries and serene vibe make it a lovely place to visit for ev...Read more