Historical Walking Tour: Discover the Past and Legends of Bruges with a Local Guide
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Embark on a historical walking tour of Bruges with a local guide and uncover the fascinating past and legends of this enchanting city. Discover the stories of love, glory, fortune, intrigue, war, and conflict that shaped Bruges. Get insider tips on the best places to eat and drink. Book now!
Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • The Markt - We start here with an introduction about the history of Bruges and the role the city played as a trading hub in medieval times. We also go deeper into the troublesome relationship between the city of Bruges and the French king.
  • Belfort - We visit the halls behind the bellfry and explain you the important role the tower has played during the Middle Ages.
  • Gruuthusemuseum - This newly renovated city palace belonged to a wealthy family in Bruges, who held a monopoly on a specific part of the beer trade. Our guide will tell you all about it.
  • Sint-Janshospitaal - We make a stop at the magnificent hospital of St John, one of the oldest still exisitng hospitals in the world and one of the cornerstones of medieval society.
  • The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde - We’ll take you for a walk into the picturesque beguinage, the biggest of its kind in the world, where a community of ladies have lived together for over 800 years.
  • De Halve Maan Brewery - We stop in front of the brewery to tell you the story of how the people of Bruges got the nickname ‘Fools of Bruges’ and to show you a piece of the beer pipeline that flows beneath our city.
  • Minnewater Lake - By the Lake of Love we tell you the story of why we have swans on the canals of Bruges and how the city got into a conflict with Emperor Maximilian of Austria.
  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk - We’ll tell you the story of this iconic church, which is the 2nd tallest brick tower in the world and houses a statue by Michelangelo as well as the tombs of the last Dukes of Burgundy.
  • Groeningemuseum - We venture into the garden of the Groeninge Museum, where some of the works of the biggest Flemish masters are on display.
  • Huidenvettersplein - We take you to the old Tanner’s square, where the smelly business took place of greasing skins and turning them into leather.
  • Burg Square - After passing by the old Fishmarket, we end the tour on the Burg square, the political heart and birthplace of the city of Bruges.
What's Included
  • All applicable fees and taxes included
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Stroll through Bruges alongside a resident guide, delve into the city’s historical heart, and journey back to Bruges’ halcyon days. Our guide will share fascinating truths and tales of romance, triumph, and prosperity, yet also of conspiracy, warfare, and strife. Additionally, they can suggest places to dine and unwind during your visit. Upon wrapping up the tour, you’ll be more knowledgeable than a local inhabitant!

ESSENTIAL NOTICE: Our guides are volunteers who conduct tours in exchange for gratuities. The charge solely encompasses the expense of reserving via this platform.

Location
Markt 8000
Markt
We meet at the main square (Grote Markt) of Bruges, in front of the STATUE! Look for the RED UMBRELLA! IMPORTANT: Guides are volunteers giving tours for tips. Fee covers platform booking costs only.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Nbuskell
Feb 25, 2024
A must if you are in Bruges, so informative and engaging - I booked two walking tours before our trip as it is so important to understand a place and it's history, it is not enough to just go for the booze and the chocolates. Bruges has some amazing history and this tour really did offer insightful details and really captured my imagination. Our tour guide was charming and funny and made the tour really special for us. I highly recommend booking this tour, but not via booking.com, this is a free tour which takes you to places you may not discover on your own.
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Suzanne96
Feb 25, 2024
Well worth doing - Friendly guide. Lots of local knowledge. Interesting stories over two and a half hour walk. And good recommendations too. Great way to get your bearings and ideas of things to do during your visit.
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Bctravel1
Feb 25, 2024
Highly Recommend - Emiel was a great guide. He was born and raised in Bruges and now teaches at a local school. The background, commentary, and recommendations he offered were super helpful. Highly recommend this tour!
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Karen_c
Feb 24, 2024
Tour guide was very... - Tour guide was very knowledgeable and proud of Bruges. He was able to handle questions and did a good job involving the group in his explanations of the history of the sites.
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Katie_n
Feb 23, 2024
Worth it! - This was a great way to see Bruges. Our tour guilds name was Sam. Sam was easy to understand and told us a few fun facts. He even gave us a great recommendation for dinner. He was very familiar with Bruges and answered all our questions. 
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T7067umsarahb
Feb 23, 2024
An excellent tour - A brilliant tour with Martin who was brilliant at engaging the group and sharing his tips and knowledge. Our group’s age range was from 9-73 and we all enjoyed it. Highly recommended
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345nickit
Feb 23, 2024
Walking tour, Bruges - Great way to orientate yourself in a new city! Emil was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and we got to learn about the history of Bruges.
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205sandra
Feb 22, 2024
Free walking tour Bruges - I really enjoyed the walking tour with guide Nicolas. History with lots of humour. You get a mix of history and tips about gastronomy, belgian beer, etc. I would recommend to take this walk!
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Catherineps6092ke
Feb 21, 2024
Wonderful tour - Deug was incredibly informative and showed us so much of brussels!! He was patient and engaging and we learnt so much about the city and he gave us wonderful recommendations for where to eat!!
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A6417tvlouisec
Feb 20, 2024
Excellent experience - Nico was a great guide and the tour was brilliant, entertaining and really interesting. Even the children (age 13 and 9) really enjoyed it and were engaged for the whole tour. Highly recommend
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