Order local brews such as the Brugse Zot Blonde at Café Vlissinghe, a beer garden that opened in 1515. Revelers like to play bocce in the ancient stone-walled garden; during inclement weather, everyone gathers around a fire in the wood-beamed interior.
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You’ll see well-preserved brick Gothic architecture along these man-made waterways. Our favorites include Dijver, which runs between antiques shops and the Church of Our Lady; Groene Rei, a tree-lined and tranquil canal; and Spinolarei, running beside gorgeous stepped-gable houses.
Remarkable neo-Gothic, classicist, and medieval buildings encircle this lively central square, once a marketplace. Climb the 272-foot-tall Belfort tower, which dates to the 13th century, for impressive views. Back in the plaza, you can arrange a romantic horse-and-carriage ride through town.
More than six centuries of art are represented here, including paintings by Baroque masters, 18th-century neoclassical pieces, and modern works. But it’s the collection of Flemish Primitives by Gerard David, Hans Memling, and Jan van Eyck that really makes the museum so memorable.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.