We start this unique walk on the Markt. This central square has been the beating heart of the city for centuries. For just as long it has been characterised by the Belfry, one of Bruges’ landmarks with its 83-metre high peak. Do you have some power left in your legs? Feel free to climb the 366 stairs of this structure. They will take you past the carillon with its 47 bells. At the top you are rewarded with a magnificent panorama of the city. Would you like to take a little break after that? De Markt is the permanent location for the carriage riders and their horses, who will be happy to take you on a tour of all the highlights of Bruges.
Or you can continue to walk briskly towards the next point of interest. Via the cosy shops on Wollestraat, it goes to the Dijver, part of the Canals of Bruges. These small canals, overlaid by historic arch bridges, are typical of the city’s character. At the end of this cobblestone road, it is best to keep your smartphone ready. An amazing photo opportunity is waiting for you there: the Rosary Quay. Roses were sold here back in the days, today it is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Summer or winter, dawn or sunset, Rosary Quay always radiates warmth and romance. Guaranteed to score lots of hearts on Instagram.
Via the Huidenvettersplein, which reminds us of a stately courtyard, we cross the picturesque Blinde-Ezelbrug (Blind Donkey Bridge), which takes us to the Burg Square. This has been the city’s centre of power for centuries. Today’s city council of Bruges still resides in this 14th-century city hall. The Gothic Hall with its impressive vault and murals on the history of the city is a real eye-catcher. Although the Burg Square is actually packed with highlights. Over the centuries, several majestic buildings have been constructed, each in the prevailing architectural style of the moment. A course on architectural history, summarised in one square.