Brugge Local Customs

  • Coat of arms
    Coat of arms
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    Theatre façade
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    Papageno
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  • 1. Beers / Chocolates / Flemish Frites (Fries).

    I would suggest to VT to stop using the term of "Flemish Frites" which is laughable because Belgians do not distinguish Flemish fritten from Walloon or Brussels frites!!! Even our Flemish or Walloon...

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  • 2. 2 languages are spoken Flemish and French.

    As a bilingual Belgian I never speak (or write) French in the Flemish part of Belgium, even if my interlocutor understands French, and I never speak Flemish in Wallonia. In Brussels I have the choice...

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  • 3. Museums / Architecture / Art / Paintings.

    “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition...

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  • 4. Lace making a well known Belgian Art.

    There are many ways to make lace. Needlepoint Lace is made with a needle and thread. It is very closely related to embroidery but the stitches are made without cloth underneath them. They are simply...

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  • 5. Horse Carriage / Canal Tours / Cultural Celebrations.

    these wildly popular canal-boat tours. It seems you can get a better view of things just by wandering around on your own, not being jammed into these longboats like sardines. But the guided-tour...

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  • 6. Paying at the Bar and tipping 10% is costumary

    In a country where service is included in most bills, tipping is not a problem. Most people will not expect a tip. Possible exceptions are public toilets, where the attendant may expect a tip of 25...

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  • 7. Procession of the Holy Blood

    The great procession of the Holy Blood held each Ascension Day, when the bishop of Bruges carry the relic of the Holy Blood through the streets of the city. The procession culminates with the...

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  • 8. A cavalcade of arts.

    Like lots of big cities, Bruges also has its share of street performers, representing a wide variety of artistic disciplines, ranging from singers over musicians and jugglers to mimes and such. A...

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  • 9. Sculptures at the theatre

    In front of the City Theatre is a metal statue of Papageno, the bird catcher, a character in the opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Wolfgang Amadeus...

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  • 10. S.P.Q.B.

    When I first noticed this coat of arms at the top of the façade of the City Theatre, I thought it was a nice joke and was about to congratulate the Council and...

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  • 11. Swans

    Legend has it that the Swan has been swimming the waters and canals of Brugge since 1448 when Emporer Maximilian was imprisoned in the City and his councillor...

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  • 12. Swans

    In 1488 the people of Bruges had executed one of the town administrators belonging to the court of Maximilian of Austria (husband and successor of duchess Mary...

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  • 13. You Can Take Your Horse To Water...

    ...but you can't make it drink!I liked this little horse head fountain which I think was on Walplein, the same street as the Halve Maan brewery, heading towards...

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  • 14. Unhelpful Signage

    I'm not quite sure what this is all about. Most tourist destinations have signage that directs you to the main places of interest and the useful stuff such as...

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  • 15. Brugge Tripel Dagen

    We arrived in Brugge on the first day of he Tripel Dagen Festival of Music. This event is held every year to coincide with Belgium's National Day (July 21st)...

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  • 16. See the Tango Club of Bruges at the Fish Market

    I was told that the Fish Market - Vismarkt sells fish early every morning except Sunday and Monday. The only activities I saw there during our short break were...

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  • 17. Not so good for veggies

    There's not much choice for vegetarians here. I looked at most of the menus in the town centre and they all seem to do a great steak and lots of mussels....

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  • 18. Flemish Heros

    We spotted a statue in Grote Markt near to the Belford. Here two men are remembered and honoured. The Flemish liberating heroes were Jan Breydell and Pieter de...

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  • 19. Entertaining Streets

    It may have been the Easter weekend bringing out the entertainment in the city's streets and squares. As we walked around in the sunshine amusing entertainment...

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  • 20. Lace making a thing of the past

    When I visited Brugge on a school trip long ago the markets and streets were full of young girls and old women busy making lace items. Hand made lace can still...

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  • 21. Fish Market

    The fish market in the centre at the Braambergstraat is where you ll find all the delicacies the north sea has to offer and for prices much cheaper then what...

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  • 22. Blinde Ezelstraat

    The Blinde Ezelstraat is a smal alley next to the Burgh. Just around the corner is the Town Hall. When you want to get married at the Town Hall you have to walk...

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  • 23. behind the madonna...

    When you visit a church and there are a lot oftiles with text on the wall you can be sure thatthe statue nearby is worshipped.Catholic church does not forbid...

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  • 24. Swans

    In Brugge, swans are everywhere. Well, everywhere close to the water. There were six years in between my visits in Brugge, and the fondest memory was swans....

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  • 25. Dutch

    The Dutch influence here is unreal, the language here is actually Dutch and not Flemish as spoken in other parts of Belgium.The street names and everything are...

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