Walk as much as you can
This is a walker's paradise. Especially wander off of the tourist streets and you may discover hidden Brugge. HIGHLY recommended to go off season (or during shoulder season) since the crowds can make for aggravation for tourists and locals alike. Rounding the corners of ancient streets at night, feeling completely safe but sensing all this cumulative history.
Bruggemuseum Card......Blanket Entrance fee.....
This Museum Pass was a God Send...and enabled easy access to all of the Museums/Galleries that I was able to manage if a three day visit...for the easy ONE TIME purchase you can save yourself having to reach into your pockets every time you enter a museum or gallery...
This card was really great value...and I would easily recommend its purchase if you're going to eplore more than a couple of the museums of galleries in Brugge...
The Historical Museums (Bruggemuseum) is the collective name for 11 historical top-sites...including
The three day pass that I purchased for 15 Euros got me in to Church of Our Lady,the Bruggemuseum-Stadhuis...or Town Hall, The Sint Janshospital...St John's Hospital, The Arentshuis, and The Groeningemuseum...Just to clarify though....entrance to the Church of Our Lady is in fact free of charge...there is a section that is accessed to the left of Michelangelo's Madonna statue that this pass enables free entry to....The Choir ...and here you will find the tombstones of Mary of Burgundy and her father Charles the Bold.
Its also good for entry into the Belfry, The Museum of Folklore, The Gruuthuse, The Brugse Vrije, and two of the Windmills...The Koelewei and the Sint Janshuis mills...which I didn't have the time to explore...
The ticket can be purchased at any of the museums or galleries that are participating in the program...any of the above mentioned locations will be able to provide you with this easy access card!!
The Chapel of Holy Blood
I'm not a believer so to me it was just another tourist attraction, for many people, however, it is a very important pace to visit.
The tiny perfum bottle which was made in Constantinople (nowadays Istanbul) contains the blood of Jesus, which arrived to Brugge in 13th century.
Besides the Holy Blood the chapel itself is very impressive and definitely worth a visit. The entrance is freem unless you want to get closer to the presious treasure.
behind the madonna...
When you visit a church and there are a lot of
tiles with text on the wall you can be sure that
the statue nearby is worshipped.
Catholic church does not forbid such thing.
This picture was taken in the Onze-Lieve_vrouwe
kerk in the 'Mariastraat' (mariastreet).
The wall behind and even opposite of the statue
are full off thank you tiles. It is so that people
come to pray in front of the statue and ask
for something special. (like the recovery of a beloved
of to pass an exam...or something more serious)
You light a candle with those wishes...
(don't forget to pay for the candle - it is self
service but you are supposed to donated
the asked money in the bin.)
If it worked - big time - people donate such
a tiles. (the H. Rita works very well for the
hopeless - de hopeloze gevallen)
I don't take it all too serious but if it doesn't helps ,
it didn't hurt either...and I got great experiences with the Holy Rita. :-)
Any idea why this town is called "Brugge"?
Well, back in the 9th century there was a good trading relationship with Scandinavia. The Scandinavian called it "Bryggia", which is an old Norse word for "landing place" or "quayside".