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Sights to See in Bruges, Belgium

Burges

Burges

Bruges, Belgium is a magical town with narrow cobblestone streets, medieval buildings and ornate houses lining intricate canals. It’s a well-preserved medieval town that draws more than two million visitors a year and offers plenty to see.

As you plan your itinerary, start with the Bruges’ Markt (the main square) where you’ll find Bruges’ most distinctive landmark – the Halle with the 83-meter high belfry. It’s considered one of the finest bell towers in Belgium and can be entered via the Halle’s inner courtyard.

Today 47 bells still hang in the belfry, and if you are up to walking 366 steps up you’ll be able to see them for yourself.

Memling Museum

Memling Museum

Memling Museum

Art lovers won’t want to miss the Memling Museum which showcases six exquisite Flemish art masterpieces by Hans Memling (ca. 1430-94). Among the pieces on display, the Reliquary of St. Ursula(1489) recognized as one of the master’s most important works.

The museum itself has an interesting history, too. Built in 1188, the building was once St. John’s Hospital until 1977. Learn about the unique history of this building and enjoy an exhibition of medical objects, furniture, archives, and paintings.

For more art by old Flemish masters, visit the Groeninge Museum located on the Dijver Canal.

Basilica of the Holy Blood

Basilica of the Holy Blood

Basilica of the Holy Blood

The Basilica of the Holy Blood is famous for the crystal vial kept inside which is said to contain a drop of Christ’s blood brought from the Holy Land in 1149. Each May this relic is paraded through the streets of Bruges in the Procession of the Holy Blood.

The architecture of the basilica entrance includes three Flamboyant-style arches and gilded statues erected between 1529 and 1534. On each Friday, the vial containing the Holy Blood is brought out and shown to those in attendance.

Town Hall

On the southeast side of the Burg is Bruges’ Town Hall which is one of the oldest buildings in Belgium. Built between 1376 and 1420, the Town Hall’s facade features a delicate Gothic style with a strong vertical emphasis complete with towering pilasters, three of which end in octagonal turrets which are separated by tall Gothic arched windows.

Whether you walk through the streets of Bruges or take a boat trip along the canals, you’ll fall in love with this medieval town’s charm. If you visit for more than a day, there is plenty more to see and do.

Photo credits: Eduardo Monteiro, rrz518, Guido Vanhaleweyk

Relais Ravestein Hotel in Bruges, Belgium

Relais Ravestein is an amazing hotel with a one of a kind décor where tailored service and details are supreme. The hotel is home to 16 suites.

This hotel is the ideal marriage between classic splendor and original style which makes guests immediately at home.

At Relais Ravestein, guests are offered a total package of services with the extra options you may desire, presented in an individual manner.

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The Vintage Hotel in Brussels, Belgium

The Vintage Hotel Brussels is located on the famous and highly fashionable Avenue Louise, offering exceptionally stylish accommodation in sophisticated surroundings. The main tourist attractions, stations and most elegant boutiques in Brussels are all within easy reach of the hotel.


The Vintage Hotel offers 29 Vintage style bedrooms in an urban mansion from the early 20th century. Each bedroom is unique and decorated with ultimate pieces of design from the last century. All of the amenities are contemporary, including Wi-Fi and a boutique Wine Bar offering a selection of wines from all over the world.

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The Pantone Hotel in Brussels,Belgium

The Pantone Hotel invites the guest to experience the city of Brussels through a lens of color and a spectrum of comforts. From the moment of arrival, this “hotel of colors” will awaken your senses to an assortment of delights and playful surprises.
Impeccably designed by Michel Penneman and Oliver Hannaert, The Pantone Hotel, Brussels showcases the color of emotion with a distinctive hue on each colorful guest floor. From vivid to subdued, for business or leisure, our unique boutique hotel perfectly suits your savvy palette and colorful imagination. From a design perspective, The Pantone Hotel is built on an exceptional use of contrast; a white canvas provides clean space for saturated colors to pop. Guest rooms feature unique photography by esteemed Belgian photographer Victor Levy.
The Pantone Hotel combines the strong emotions evoked by color with exceptional, vivid design and unyielding comfort. Guests enjoy state-of-the-art accommodations, distinctively chosen at reception to compliment their mood. Luxurious beds, inviting pillows, LCD TVs, and central A/C with individual controls are standard at The Pantone Hotel; many rooms are illuminated with unparalleled views of Brussels.

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Tenbosch House in Brussels, Belgium

Tenbosch House is a place of tranquility.

It is an exclusive guest house small enough to care, yet spacious enough to give you freedom and calm. Tenbosch House comprises two adjacent Art Nouveau townhouses that have been furnished with a carefully chosen selection of mid 20th Century Scandinavian furniture. All of their bright suites, with terraces and balconies, illuminate a collection of international contemporary art. Scandinavian design is the platform of Tenbosch House, combining aesthetics and functionalism. Every piece is chosen to have its particular place in each suite and to fit with the concept of a unique home with a Scandinavian spirit.

Large, clear and uncluttered rooms stand out with their refined collection of mid 20th Century Scandinavian furniture. Each piece emphasizes a design aesthetic of functional beauty. With only three rooms in each house every guest is special to Tenbosch House and treated accordingly. From your choice of bedding to an organically-sourced breakfast, each step has been well considered for your enjoyment. Light, bright rooms with a constantly changing collection of international contemporary art with works from their own collection and those of selected partner galleries in Brussels.

Enjoy calm, contemplative moments besides the fire in the comfort of mid-20th Century furniture from legendary Scandinavian designers such as Hans Wegner, Bruno Mathsson and Henning Poulsen in the Tenbosch House Salon. Typical of the Brussels Maison de Maître construction style, sections of the Salon can be separated to provide rooms for events such as lunches, receptions, and board meetings.

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d Hotel in Kortrijk, Belgium

d Hotel in Kortrijk, Belgium

d Hotel in Kortrijk, Belgium

d-Hotel is a 45-room, 4-star, modern luxury boutique hotel in Kortrijk, West Flanders, Belgium. Situated on a historical preservation site that is home to a windmill from 1841, as well as an inner farmhouse square, the hotel itself is an ultra-stylish modern concrete structure that makes extensive use of glazing for an elegant transition between inside and outside, old and new.

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