Historical Walking Tour: Legends of Bruges

2 hours 15 minutes
Free cancellation
1 - 6
Mobile ticket


Walk around Bruges with a local guide, explore the historic centre and travel back in time to the golden days of Bruges. Our guide will tell you interesting facts and stories of love, glory and fortune, but also of intrigue, war and conflict. He or she can also advise you on where to eat and where to drink during your stay. By the end of the tour you'll know more than a local!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our guides are volunteers who offer tours for tips. The fee only covers the cost of booking via this platform.


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What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: The Markt, Markt, Bruges 8000 Belgium

We start here with an introduction about the history of Bruges and the role the city played as a trading hub in medieval times. We also go deeper into the troublesome relationship between the city of Bruges and the French king.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Belfort, Markt 7, Bruges 8000 Belgium

We visit the halls behind the bellfry and explain you the important role the tower has played during the Middle Ages.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gruuthusemuseum, Dijver 17, Bruges 8000 Belgium

This newly renovated city palace belonged to a wealthy family in Bruges, who held a monopoly on a specific part of the beer trade. Our guide will tell you all about it.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sint-Janshospitaal, Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000 Belgium

We make a stop at the magnificent hospital of St John, one of the oldest still exisitng hospitals in the world and one of the cornerstones of medieval society.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, Begijnhof 24-28-30, Bruges 8000 Belgium

We'll take you for a walk into the picturesque beguinage, the biggest of its kind in the world, where a community of ladies have lived together for over 800 years.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: De Halve Maan Brewery, Walplein 26, Bruges 8000 Belgium

We stop in front of the brewery to tell you the story of how the people of Bruges got the nickname 'Fools of Bruges' and to show you a piece of the beer pipeline that flows beneath our city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Minnewater Lake, Bruges 8000 Belgium

By the Lake of Love we tell you the story of why we have swans on the canals of Bruges and how the city got into a conflict with Emperor Maximilian of Austria.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, Mariastraat, Bruges 8000 Belgium

We'll tell you the story of this iconic church, which is the 2nd tallest brick tower in the world and houses a statue by Michelangelo as well as the tombs of the last Dukes of Burgundy.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Groeningemuseum, Dijver 12, Bruges 8000 Belgium

We venture into the garden of the Groeninge Museum, where some of the works of the biggest Flemish masters are on display.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Huidenvettersplein, Bruges 8000 Belgium

We take you to the old Tanner's square, where the smelly business took place of greasing skins and turning them into leather.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Burg Square, Burg 15, Bruges 8000 Belgium

After passing by the old Fishmarket, we end the tour on the Burg square, the political heart and birthplace of the city of Bruges.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Lynn A
May 2022

Braun is an excellent guide. He loves his city and it shows, I loved his enthusiasm, tips, stories. Highly recommend when you first get to Bruges to get your bearings and find out what interests you.

May 2022

Lots of interesting facts about bruges spiced with a touch of humour. Vander was a hoot! Little sampling of pralines and macrones are also nice.

Carol S
May 2022

Martin was a very enjoyable tour guide. He was able to give us a good history of Bruges with not only facts, but also with humour. The tour was well paced and gave us an overview of the city so that we could return to some of the places mentioned for a more in-depth experience. His recommendation...

regina b
May 2022

Our guide was very knowledgeable and lots of fun to spend more than 2 hours with. I highly recommend it!

May 2022

I highly recommend this tour. My husband and I were impressed with our tour guide Emiel. He is from Bruge with a degree in history and imparted a lot of great history, answered questions, made recommendations, and thoroughly engaged our group.

May 2022

Nico made this tour amazing. His sense of humour, energy and ability to engage us was outstanding. Oh yes, and he introduced us to Kasteel cherry beer. The best!!!

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