Church of Our Lady

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Church of Our Lady

Church of Our Lady ~Bruges, Belgium

This 13th-century church’s tower is the second-tallest brickwork tower in the world!

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Bottoms Up, Bruges

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In between Burg and Markt Squares is a narrow alleyway (the smallest street in Bruges), otherwise known as De Garre. In this alleyway, you will find a local bar, also known as De Garre. The house beer: De Garre.

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Once inside, you’d be lucky to find a seat, no matter the time of day. This spot is popular, to say the least. But once you do get a seat, you will find out why. The house special, the De Garre Tripel, is one hell of a beer. So much so, in fact, that you are only allowed to have three!

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When you walk in, everyone inside will be laughing and chatting with grins on their faces. This is likely due to the fact that the heavy house beer has a whopping 12% alcohol! (Hence only being allowed to order three). Each beer is served with a small bowl of delicious cheese, and both are delicious, making this bar an absolute must-visit place in Bruges and just one of many spots to try some fine Belgian beer.

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Points of Interest: Burg and Markt Squares

Burg at night

Burg Square at night

Just a stone’s throw away from each other, Burg Square and Markt Square are two of the most frequented spots in Bruges. Although Burg was originally the town’s main square, Markt holds that title today. That being said, both squares have plenty of praiseworthy features.

Burg Square

Burg Square

Burg Square might be small in size, but it’s pretty huge in history. Among the square’s handful of old buildings are the Bruges Stadhuis (City Hall), the Old Civil Registry, and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, where you can see the blood of Jesus! (If you’re into that sort of thing). Burg Square was also the site of public executions, the most recent of which was in the mid-19th century.

Bruges City Hall

Bruges City Hall

Basilica of the Holy Blood

Basilica of the Holy Blood

Burg Square

Right around the corner from Burg is Markt Square, Bruges’ busiest area. Populated by shops, restaurants, bars, and people, Markt Square lies right in the center of Bruges. Every Wednesday morning, the square is home to a local open-air fresh meat and produce market.

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provincial court

Provincial Court at Markt

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Late-night snacks at Markt

Markt square’s most prominent feature (and perhaps the city’s as well) is the 13th-century belfry bell tower, also known as Belfort. Unnoticeably leaning one meter to the right, the Belfort stands tall at 83+ meters high. 366 steps lead visitors to the top of the tower for a 360° panoramic view of the city. The tower has been used for a number of security and military purposes in its history, but today it houses a museum.

Belfort

Belfort

Belfort