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But having survived the two World Wars unscathed it luckily preserved all its art treasures and museum. The Groeninge Museum for example ranks among Belgium's top three.
We need about eight hours to show you all the highlights of Bruges. We start our day with some exploration of the 'Reien', those remarkable city water arteries. Being seen from a different angle Bruges' loveliest places look even more charming.
In the Groeninge Museum we find an excellent survey of works by Belgian painters from the 15th century till today. This museum boasts a complete collection of the Flemish Primitives like Van Eyck, Rogier Van der Weyden, Hugo Van der Goes, Hans Memling and Pieter Breughel. In the modern art section we find Paul Delvaux, René Magritte, Constant Permeke and Gustave Van de Woestyne.
We continue over the Dijver. There, we find the College of Euorpe that offers lecturers and seminars on all aspects of the European Union to a selection of postgraduate students from all member countries.
Lunch in a typical restaurant (3 course menu).
After lunch we go to the Burg Square for a visit of the prestigious Gothic Room of the Town Hall. We continue to the Market Square and enter the inner courtyard of the dominiating Belfry. With the Halls as a backdrop we may hear the distinctive sounds of the 47 bells carillon, one of the finest in the world.
Halfway to 't Zand Square we stop and visit the St Saviour Cathedral (outside). After being confronted with the untra modern Concert Hall we go back in time again to the Old Saint John site. There, in the premises of the former hospital we visit the Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaal Museum, for a great deal dedicated to one of the best know Flemish Primitives, Hans Memling.
We end our day tour at the Minnewater park and walk through the hushed beauty of the community of women lived and carried out good works like making and selling lace as an income for the hospital where some of them worked as nurses. Nuns of the Order of St Benedict live here since 1927. End of our tour around 17H00.
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