Summer Vibes in Bruges

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– URB EGG – café

This year the URB EGG-café is opening right in the city center, in front of the monumental Stadsschouwburg. In the shadow of this impressive cultural institution, you can pause for a while, participate in one of the free events, enjoy the vibrant city life… or simply relax and quench your thirst.

A new summer means a new URB EGG Café. After the warehouses at the DuPont site (2015), the Gentpoort (2016), the Station Park (2017) and the Poortersloge (Burghers’ Lodge) (2018), it is time to explore a new location. And what a location!. Near the city theater from 29 June tot 8 September.

Apero at the Fishmarket
Every Friday from 16u tot 22u (July and August)

– Moods
Summer festival in the city center of historical Bruges.

Friday, July 26th until Thursday, August 8th — Bruges

8 concert nights. (line-up)

– Klinkende kroegen
Free live bands every Wednesday in July and August.. Three performances in three pubs per evening. from 18u00 tot 24u00.

Wednesday 17 juli:

  1. Pergola Kaffee, Meestraat 7, Brugge – Jan the Man and the Grand Slam
  2. ‘t Hof van Rembrandt, Eiermarkt 10, Brugge – Edje Ska & The Pilchards
  3. Comptoir des Arts, Vlamingstraat 53, Brugge – Jamal Thomas & band

Wednesday 24 juli:

  1. De Vetten Os, Hauwerstraat 5, Brugge – Urban Dancehall
  2. La Casita, Sint-Salvatorkerkhof 5, Brugge – D’Love
  3. Café Rose Red, Cordoeanierstraat 16-18, Brugge – optreden op het Sint-Jansplein – Women On Top

Wednesday 31 juli:

  1. Charlie Rockets, Hoogstraat 19, Brugge – The Two Timers – Bebo & The Good Time Boys
  2. De Belleman Pub, Jozef Suvéestraat 22, Brugge – optreden in Park – Hideaway
  3. Café De Reisduif, Langerei 30, Brugge – optreden in de Annuntiatenstraat – dj Harm – Bruges Swan Patrol

Wednesday 7 augustus:

  1. De Republiek, Sint-Jakobstraat 36, Brugge – suprise act ism met Cactus & KAAP
  2. l’Estaminet, Park 5, Brugge – optreden in het Koningin Astridpark – Buddy Munro – The Esta All Stars
  3. Brouwerij De Halve Maan, Walplein 26, Brugge – The Fortune Tellers

Wednesday 14 augustus:

  1. ‘t Verdriet van België, Sint-Jansstraat 1, Brugge en Huis De Cluuse, Kraanplein 4, Brugge – optreden op het Kraanplein – Ventilateur – Dollarqueen
  2. Tapasbar Est, Braambergstraat 7, Brugge – optreden op de Vismarkt – Mexico Show
  3. ‘t Brugs Bieratelier, Wijngaardstraat 13, Brugge en De Wijngaart, Wijngaardstraat 15, Brugge – optreden in de Noordstraat – Vicky & Marcel – Lajos and the Gang

Wednesday 21 augustus:

  1. ‘t Hof van Beroep, Langestraat 125, Brugge – optreden op de parking Vuldersreitje – Dirty5 – Dust
  2. The Monk, Vlamingstraat 37, Brugge – No Limits – The Damnettes
  3. ‘t Gezelleke, Carmersstraat 15, Brugge – Ambrazar

Wednesday 28 augustus:

  1. ‘t Risico, Jeruzalemstraat 53, Brugge – Chouffe Band
  2. Punta Est, Predikherenrei 1, Brugge – optreden in de Predikherenstraat – Lajos and the Gang – Willy Sommers
  3. ‘t Nieuw Walnutje, Walplein 3-4-5, Brugge – The New Image

– Summerbar The Night
From 13 June until 22 August, from 16u until…

Tillegemstraat in Sint-Michiels.

In Search of Bruges Finest Chocolate 

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Walking the old city streets of Bruges with the sun shining on your brow, you just can’t help but notice the beauty of the city, it puts a sparkle in your eye and a smile to your lips… but then your 4th sense is taken over.. the smell of chocolate is in the air. Dark and yet sweet, rich and delicate, creamy and mouthwatering. It entices memories of first tastes and first kisses, setting your mouth alight with expectation. You follow the scent over cobbled paths and past exquisite churches until finally you step inside one of Bruges’ finest chocolatiers ….


This wonderful chocolate shop opened its doors more than half a century ago, and has been a staple on the chocolate route of Bruges since then. Sweertvaegher’s appeal comes in two forms, exquisite flavours and unrivalled presentation. The shop front lulls you in with promises of fine jewellery, it is after all modelled after a fine jewellers, but as you find out looks can be deceiving, as instead of jewellery, you are faced with the most incredible morsels of deep creamy chocolate. 

This decadent ruse is played through to the interior too where wooden cabinets contain whipped cream bourbons, chocolate truffles and the most exquisite pralines. 

The Old Chocolate House

The Old Chocolate House more than lives up to its name, with wonderful chocolate and a façade that could quite easily belong to another era. The old moniker is played throughout with a traditional “sweet shop” feel to the interiors. The scents combined with the charm of the decor bring about a certain kind of nostalgia – like childhood. Not yours or mine, but that of our Gradparents’. Alongside delicious chocolate, you’ll find things like marzipan, honey, gingerbread and biscuits. 

Pierre Marcolini

Pierre Marcolini is a name any chocolate connoisseur will have uttered on more than one occasion. The self professed taste designer is well known in Belgium and the world for pushing boundaries, blending aromas and creating what are to many of his fans, truly unparalleled taste sensations. You’ll find delicately created pralines, truffles and macaroons on the shelfs of this haute choclaterie. Once you walk inside you’ll come face to face with glass counters filled with the most jewel-like assortment of chocolates you’re ever likely to encounter. 

Everything is impeccably well presented and the tastes on offer are a delicious blend of unique, modern creations and traditional flavours. If you’re searching for a gift for a loved one, perhaps an anniversary or just because, then there are few names in the chocolate world that set passions alight like Pierre Marconi does.


This is one of favourites for taste. It’s built into a 400-year-old house just a street away from Market Square, which sets the scene for a chocolate tasting just perfectly. From cherry liqueurs to walnut, ever flavour on offer is well considered and delicious. The taste is smooth and the chocolate melts in the mouth like the most fragile of creams, creating a truly decadent experience. 

Dumon is a small family business of just 6 employees but it’s Stefan Dumon who crafts each incredible chocolate morsel by hand, resulting in the freshest and must luxurious chocolate in Bruges. Of course, chocolate is ingrained in the culture here in Bruges and you’ll find every type and flavour is available. We recommend the older, smaller family businesses – as many of the larger names indulge in a little too much mass production for our tastes, which often results in flatter flavours and more mundane creations. But stepping into a chocolatier like Dumon or Sweertvaegher, has always and will always remain a unique experience. The subtle intricacies of hand made pralines and truffles set the heart alight, and the scents… ah the scents are enough to whisk us up into the air to carry us off to chocolate heaven. If you’d prefer a more visual guide to chocolatiers in Bruges then take a look at our Chocolate board over on Pinterest, which we’ll continue to update as we discover more wonderful chocolate.

Brussels pays tribute to Pieter Bruegel

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This year, Brussels will pay tribute to Pieter Bruegel the Elder on the 450th anniversary of his death. The event is in line with the three cultural years dedicated to Flemish masters, in 2018-2020. One of the most awaited moments will be the return of the famous painting Dulle Griet to the Mayer van den Bergh House-Museum in Antwerp after the important restoration that restored it to its original splendor. Between 1400 and 1650, the corner of Western Europe known today as Flanders was a crucible of culture. The pocket of land framed by Bruges, Antwerp, Brussels, and Leuven had become wealthy through trade and the renowned skills of its weavers, a wealth reflected today in the splendor of its architecture and the astonishing artworks within its churches and museums.

The major works of the painter finally reunited

Father of a dynasty of painters, Brueghel is loved around the world. But so far, attempts to organize exhibitions on his production have failed, mainly because of the fragility and value of his works.

The exhibition, which celebrates the 450th anniversary of the death of the artist, includes loans from leading European museums. Some of the paintings have been expressly restored for the exhibition. About 30 paintings and 60 drawings will be exhibited. Two paintings of the “Tower of Babel”, respectively from the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam and from the Kunsthistorisches Museum collection, are gathered for the first time. Among the other masterpieces is “Adoration of the Magi under the Snow” (1563) by Am Römerholz of Winterthur and two works restored for the occasion: “Margherita la pazza” (circa 1562) of the Mayer van den Bergh museum in Antwerp and “The triumph of death” (1562-153) of the Prado de Madrid.

A famous painter, a mysterious man

Little is known about Brueghel’s life other than a few bare facts: he was born in Antwerp between 1525 and 1530 and probably learned to paint in the studio of Pieter Coecke van Aelst, who later married his daughter and died in Brussels in 1569. We know that he travelled through Italy before the birth of his sons Pieter and Jan, who were respectively born in 1564 and 1568. Although famous in the seventeenth century, Brueghel fell into relative obscurity before being rediscovered in the late nineteenth century, but some of his oeuvre did not survive; the fabric works, for example, were too delicate.

Focus on the pictorial techniques of Bruegel

Thanks to the enthusiasm of Habsburg collectors in the 17th century, the Kunsthistorisches Museum now has the largest collection of paintings by the artist. The six years of research that preceded the exhibition were fundamental to obtaining loans. There is indeed a lot of literature on Bruegel, but not on his methods of work. 2019 will be the occasion to shine a new light on this most influential of painters.

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5 Reasons for booking a serviced apartment for your next business trip

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Many employees need to travel around the globe due to business reasons – whether for a short period or for months. Why serviced apartments are a good alternative to hotels, rented flats and shared apartments, as you can read below.

1. Cost Advantages

The longer you stay in a serviced apartment the lower the price per night will be. With a stay of more than 30 days it is possible to realize savings up to 50%, compared to hotels with similar furnishings/standards. Furthermore there are no additional costs such as brokerage and deposit fees, repairs and utility payments. Thereby serviced apartments offer a great advantage even in comparison with rented and shared flats.

2. Performance Advantage

In a serviced apartment you don’t have to miss the advantages of hotel services, but benefit from cleaning services, maintenance and repair services. In addition many houses have fitness rooms and saunas.

3. High residential comfort

While in shared apartments and hotels often just one, small room is available, serviced apartments are equipped with a kitchen/ kitchenette and a living area with sofa and workplace.

4. Flexibility

Especially for business traveller a flexible tenancy is crucial for selecting the right accommodation. Serviced apartments offer rental periods ranging from one up to 740 days and therefore are a perfect choice for business travellers.

5. Uncomplicated & Safe

Due to the fact that usually neither a lease nor a detailed self-disclosure is required, renting a Serviced Apartment is easy and quick. Furthermore, legalsecurity is guaranteed.

Serviced apartments are a rapidly growing segment. Many advantages argue for this kind of accommodation, especially in comparison with other lodging possibilities like hotels, rented flats and shared apartments. So why don’t give it a try next time?

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Discover Bruges

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There are places that crawl under your skin, although you can never fully understand them. Bruges is such a special place. A city on a human scale made great by its captivating history that promptly earned her the UNESCO label of World Heritage City since 2002.

Bruges is known for its museums, monuments, architecture, religious heritage, historical places and parks.  

Monuments and architecture

The most famous is the Belfry (with carillon). The most important tower in Bruges is 83 meters high and houses a carillon with 47 ringing bells. In the reception area, visitors get the chance to learn a lot about the history and function of the Bruges belfry that is protected as a world heritage site. Those who dare to climb the 366 steps of the tower can stop at the Treasury (where in the Middle Ages the city labels, the city seal and the city treasury were kept), on the floor of the impressive timepiece or at the carillonneur. At the very top, your efforts are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Bruges and its surroundings.

Bruges also has the Bonifacius Bridge and Arentshof. The characteristic surroundings of the Bonifacius Bridge and the adjacent Arentshof will delight many visitors. Here you will find an irresistible combination of impressive history and warm romance. Lying along the picturesque canals, the Arentshof creates its own unique atmosphere with its tall trees, hidden benches, mysterious artworks and beautiful views of the Church of Our Lady and the house of the Lords of Gruuthuse. Here you can literally see the world pass by tourist boats sail by and people walk around the square while the hooves of horse-drawn carriages echo throughout the day. Don’t be fooled a bit further on, because the charming age-old looking Boniface bridge dates from the early 20th century and is one of Bruges’ youngest bridges. As you take in the fairy-tale canals with overhanging houses with wooden facades and passing boats, a humble feeling will undoubtedly flood you when you look up at the tower of the Church of Our Lady. Carefully chosen lighting gives an enchanting dimension to this cherished love spot in the evening.

Historical places

Some places are special, breathtaking, unique. You just have to see them. Bruges has many atmospheric witnesses to a rich past. Quiet and moody, spiritual or very pleasant. Visit the Burg, Rozenhoedkaai, Jan van Eyckplein and so many more historic places.

Religious heritage

Over the centuries, many churches, monasteries, abbeys and chapels have been active in Bruges as centers of religious life. This has yielded a rich collection of religious heritage. This heritage bears witness to more than just the religious past. Behind the stone facades are also fascinating stories about evolutions in education, economy, society and culture.

Bruges museums

14 locations, always different, always fascinating The greatest asset of the Bruges museum collection? Her wide variety! From Flemish primitives to contemporary art, from classical fine arts to archaeological finds. There is also silverware, lace, tapestries, furniture and poetry. Young and old agree: the Bruges museums always surprise.


Bruges is not just one of the gastronomic centers of Europe. Two reputed schools in Bruges – Spermalie and Ter Groen Poorte – train culinary talent that is internationally known. The city puts itself on the map with an impressive list of top restaurants. No fewer than 39 Bruges chefs are recommended by Michelin, Gault Millau and Bibgourmand.

How to get to Bruges

Bruges is really easy to get to. If you come from another country and you arrive by plane, there is practically every hour a direct train from the airport to Bruges.

If you just missed this one, you can take any train to Brussels, to any of the three Brussels stations; Nord, Central or Midi. There are several other trains you can take. Normally there are around four every hour. You can take the one to Oostende or Knokke/Blankenberge. Those two have Bruges as second last stop. You can also just ask any of the staff in the stations.

This last part also applies to those arriving by Eurostar. Then you arrive in Brussels Midi and you can take any of the trains mentioned above. It’s not because Bruges isn’t on the screen that the train doesn’t stop there.

Note: Bruges is spelled Brugge in its local language; dutch. Look for that on the screen when you have to get off the train.

Wenn you arrive in Bruges by train, you have multiple ways of getting to the city center. There’s an city information desk inside the station (near the sandwich shop ‘Panos’) and they will be glad to help.

Easiest way to get your stay arriving in Bruges station: a taxi. Least expensive way: Buses stop in front of the railway station.

What should every traveler know about basic history of Bruges?

* Bruges was the center of the financial market in the 14th century. It was the New York (or London) of the Middle Ages.
* The oldest stock exchange in the world is in Bruges. The Dutch name for stock exchange (beurs) originated from the owner Beursche who owned the building.
* The Spanish king Philip 1 was born in Bruges:…
* The movie industry loves Brugge, many international movies are filmed here.
* Bruges was a desolated place after the Middle Ages only to be revived after the Belgium independence. King Leopold built Bruges back into its old glory mainly as a tourist attraction.

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Brussels and Antwerp celebrates the 450th birthday of Pieter Bruegel

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Pieter Bruegel, the Elder is born around 1525 near the present Dutch city of Breda. Although during his lifetime, his fame never equaled that of the great Italian masters, he is today considered one of the greatest masters of Flemish painting, with Van Eyck, Bosch, and Rubens.

While little is known about the life of Pieter Bruegel, much can be said by studying his paintings and examining the times he lived in. Clearly fascinated by nature, humanity and humour, he doesn’t quite fit the mold of one or another ‘type’ of artist. This makes him a true enigmatic figure.

On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel celebrated in 2019, several organisations invite you to rediscover this major figure of the Flemish Renaissance. He began painting in a workshop in Antwerp and in 1551 joined the Guild of Saint Luke, a corporation of painters, sculptors and printers. After having been an engraver, then a printmaker, he made a trip to Italy which he returned with many drawings. However, he does not start painting until quite late: his first painting is dated 1553. Bruegel revolutionized landscape painting, and his scenes of peasant life made him famous. He painted his landscape as a very complex construction, composed of various ingeniously assembled shots, and hundreds of little characters teeming with life. Bruegel’s works also witness an era of violence: that of rebellion against the Spaniards and Protestant iconoclasm. Large paintings like The Fall of the Rebel Angels (1562) or The Triumph of Death testify to his pessimistic view of human existence
Bruegel came to Brussels in 1563 and settled in the Quartier de la Chapelle, an elite area at the time. The city and the Pajottenland, a Flemish Brabant region close to the capital, incidentally inspired a large portion of his work. Also, in 2019, numerous organisations will schedule guided visits around Bruegel and all of the places associated with him, as well as the fascinating period in which he lived.

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The Royal Museums of Fine Arts are offering a virtual exhibition dedicated to the hidden side of the master’s work:

These three masterpieces are a testimony to his great talent.

The Fall of the Rebel Angels

The Fall of the Rebel Angels (c)KMSKB, photo J. Geleyns-Ro scan s

‘The Fall of the Rebel Angels’ is perhaps Bruegel’s most literal representation of a world in complete turmoil. The work depicts the very first confrontation between good and evil, even before Adam and Eve’s fall from grace. 

Collection: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium 
Copyright: ©KMSKB, photo: J. Geleyns / Ro scan

Mad Meg

Mad Meg © Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerpen

It depicts bizarre ruins, monstrous creatures, people fighting, a scorching glow and a woman, wearing armour, brandishing a sword as she rushes forward. She is Mad Meg, of course, and in the farces in Bruegel’s era, her name was synonymous of a virago. 

Collection: museum Mayer van den Bergh
Copyright: ©Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp

Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap

Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap (c)KMSKB, photo J. Geleyns-Ro scan

The painting depicts a winter landscape of a Brabant village and river, and is a predecessor of the 17th-century Dutch winter landscapes. 

Collection: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium 
Copyright: ©KMSKB, photo: J. Geleyns / Ro scan

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The magic world of flowers of Frederiek van Pamel in Bruges.

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If you like flowers and interior design then you should go to the Ezelstraat for nothing but extravagant, handmade, design-led floristry

Frederiek van Pamel is a genius, he decorates fabulous parties for the rich & famous, but anyone who can not or does not want to spend thousands of euros is welcome in the particularly stylish universe by Frederiek Van Pamel. More than a flower shop, this is a perfect world filled with beautiful objects, furniture, plants, and flowers.

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Ezelstraat 33 – 8000 Brugge

T +32 50 34 44 80

Monday 14:00 – 18:00
Tue-Sat 10:00 – 12:30 13:30 – 18:00
Sunday Closed
The Groeninge Museum in Winter

The Groeninge Museum, St Johns Hospital and Gruuthuse Museum in Bruges.

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Groeninghe Museum

The Fine Arts Museum of Bruges or Groeningemuseum is internationally renowned for its significant collection of early Netherlandish painting, which has formed the core of the museum’s most successful exhibitions in recent decades. This part of the collection consists of a number of masterpieces by  Hans Memling, Jan van Eyck, Hugo van der Goes and Gerard David, as well as works by masters active in Bruges in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including the Masters of the Lucia- and Ursula Legend, Ambrosius Benson,Pieter Pourbus the Elder and Lancelot Blondeel.

The Groeninge Museum offers a varied overview of the Flemish Primitives,  top 18th and 19th-century neoclassical pieces, and masterpieces from Flemish Expressionism.

Artists such as Suvée, Duvivier, Ducq, Odevaere, and Kinsoen are known for their historical pieces and portraits in a cool and sculptural style. The remarkable collection of paintings by Flemish expressionists also catches the eye, with work by Permeke, De Smet, Van den Berghe, Brusselmans and Tytgat. The Groeninge Museum owes its international appeal not only to its exceptional permanent collection but also to the prestigious exhibitions that take place regularly.

The Groeninge Museum is located in the district of the same name, where once stood the Eekhout Abbey. Designed by architect Joseph Viérin, since 1930 the central collection of paintings from Bruges has been centralizing. An adjacent neo-Gothic building by architect Jean-Baptiste Bethune provides extra space since 1995. Viérins building will undergo a thorough renovation in 2002 and recently also an adapter circuit for the permanent collection. From Flemish primitives to modern art The permanent collection shows a rich and fascinating overview of six centuries of visual art in the Southern Netherlands, which corresponds to current Belgium.Groeninghe museum

Highlights are the world-famous collection of Flemish primitives, gems of Renaissance and Baroque masters, a selection of 18th and 19th century neoclassical and realistic works, milestones of symbolism and modernism, top works of Flemish expressionism and a varied selection from the post-war collection. modern Art. The Groeninge Museum is part of the Flemish Art Collection, a joint venture between three art-historical museums in Flanders: the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

Groeninge Museum

Dijver 12, 8000 Bruges

+32 50 44 87 11

Rate: 8 €


Opening hours:

Tuesday: from 9:30 to 17:00, Wednesday: from 9:30 to 17:00 , Thursday: from 9:30 to 17:00 , Friday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Saturday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Sunday: from 9:30 to 17:00

St Johns Hospital

In St. John’s Hospital, good for more than 8 centuries of history, sisters and brothers took care of pilgrims, travelers and the sick. The medieval wards and the associated church house an impressive collection of archival documents, works of art, medical instruments and six works by Hans Memling.

The medical knowledge of the nuns is, however, minimal and they devote themselves mainly to ‘soul care’. Medicine saints on paintings and sculptures, reliquaries and an atmospheric chapel point to lively devotion. In the 19th century, the hospital moved to a nearby neo-gothic building in bright red brick, where the ill can still go to 1978.

The fact that the art objects are interwoven with the location and its former inhabitants gives the museum an absolute added value. Many objects are also made to measure for the hospital community and depict the clients.


The Sint-Janshospitaal has six top works by the Flemish Primitive Hans Memling, but also many religiously inspired paintings and sculptures. Applied art such as furniture, silver, medical instruments, reliquaries, archival documents, and pharmacy jars bear witness to 800 years of care. St. John’s Hospital is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe.

In the museum, you will learn more about the former hospital life and what the wards looked like then. Furniture, paintings, sculptures, silverware, and pewter objects are the silent witnesses of a centuries-long hospital and soul care in this hospital. Another unique feature is the roof truss of the building, which is one of the oldest and most monumental in Europe.

Do not forget to pay a visit to the old pharmacy and the herb gardens. In the hospital chapel, all attention goes to the works of the best-known Flemish Primitives: Hans Memling. This painter lived and worked in Bruges in the 15th century and created his most important masterpieces, such as the famous Ursula shrine, for the Sint-Jans hospital.

Where: Saint John’s Hospital Mariastraat 8000 Bruges

 +32 50 44 87 11

Rate: € 8

Audience: Every type of audience


Tuesday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Wednesday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Thursday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Friday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Saturday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Sunday: from 9:30 to 17:00

Gruuthuse Museum

State archivist Felix d’Hoop set up the Société Archéologique (Archaeological Society) in 1865. The society collected art and archaeological objects that illustrated the rich past of Flanders and Bruges.

The society collects Flemish (art) historical objects, building fragments and archeological elements. Barely a year later, the public can watch them in the Halls of the Belfry. The collection is growing enormously.

Looking for a new home, the society can convince the city council in 1873 to purchase the Gruuthuse Palace. In 1876 the City of Bruges acquired the Gruuthuse palace to store the society’s collection, following a thorough renovation by city architect Louis Delancanserie.


Lodewijk van Gruuthuse (1427-1492) was by far the most famous inhabitant of the Gruuthuse palace. He was a well-respected man, a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece and a confidant of the Dukes of Burgundy. At the start of the 15th century, the Gruuthuse family built their former storehouse into a luxurious mansion. Lodewijk later added a south wing with a chapel, through which a connection arose with the Church of Our Lady. The Spanish king Philip IV bought the building in 1596 and donated it to the Mount of Piety as a charitable pawnshop.


The idea of ​​a historical museum has been around for a long time. Visitors and residents need a coherent story about the history of Bruges. After various scenarios are reviewed, the Bruggemuseum will be officially presented in November 2003.
Bruges does not opt ​​for one new museum such as Antwerp or Ghent. For the bundling of eleven museum locations that together bring the story of the city. The concept of this "multi-location museum" gradually evolved, but is already yielding some beautiful realizations: Archeology and Family Museum, Gentpoort and City Hall.
Today the Bruggemuseum is facing its biggest challenge with the redesign of the Gruuthuse Museum. As a result, the museum group is working hard on its mission. They want to inspire residents and visitors for Bruges and its cultural heritage, to introduce them to the past and to reflect on Bruges today.
After all, not only the various museum sites, but also the monumental patrimony, the collections and the intangible heritage form the connection between city and people.
The concept of the Gruuthuse Museum as a city museum is being developed in collaboration with heritage partners from within and outside Bruges.

The Gruuthuse collection includes lace, goldware, furniture, ceramics, and objects for everyday use.

Currently, the Gruuthusemuseum is closed for major restoration work. The reopening is planned at the end of May 2019. (AdresDijver 17, 8000 Brugge)

Jazz Bruges 16-18 nov 2018

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On Stage:

Tigran Hamasyan/ Amir Elsaffar & Ictus/ Colin Stetson

Omer Avital Quintet/Jakob Bro Trio/Elina Duni/Concert Mw’Soul

James Brandon Lewis ft Anthony Pirog/ Reijseger, Fraanje?Sylla

Jaimie Branch Fly or Die / Free Desmyter & Bassem Hawar

Maak Quintet/ Nathalie Loriers/MDC III/Donder

Nachtschade: Aubergine/ Hans Beckers/ Wannes Deneer 

Friday 16 november
25 Years of W.E.R.F. Records
YARD. Records, the label of arts center KAAP, is blowing 25 candles this year. The absolute highlight of this festive year is a grand celebration on the opening night of Jazz Brugge. With a nice mix of fixed values (Mâäk Quintet, Nathalie Loriers), new creations (Free Desmyter, Kris Defoort), album releases (MDC III) and new upcoming talent (Donder). A feast of Belgian jazz with a big bow around!

Saturday 17 november
Musical influences from all corners of the world
The second day of Jazz Brugge is entirely dedicated to the theme ‘Crossing Cultures’ and allows musical influences from all corners of the world to blow through the Concertgebouw, from Armenia (Tigran Hamasyan) and Albania (Elina Duni) over the Middle East (Omer Avital). to Senegal (Reijseger / Fraanje / Sylla). We close with one of the new exponents of the Chicago scene, trumpet player Jaimie Branch.

Sunday 18 november
Wide range of genres & cultures
A broad range of genres and cultures typifies the final day. KAAP maker Hans Beckers, together with drummer Teun Verbruggen, unleashes his self-built windmills on families. Muziektheater Transparant performs with Nachtschade: Aubergine an intriguing quest for cultural identity. Ictus, together with the Iraqi trumpet player Amir ElSaffar, explores the limits of chamber jazz. From spherical soundscapes (Jakob Bro) we go to unfiltered black avant-garde (James Brandon Lewis), to end with hypnotic muscle ball (Colin Stetson).


Concertgebouw Brugge
‘t Zand 34 8000, Brugge

Tickets & info
Day pass and Festival pass:

Tickets are available per day (day pass) and for the entire festival (festival pass).

Day pass: € 30 vvk | € 35 add (16/11 – 17/11 – 18/11)
Festival pass: € 75 vvk | € 85 add (Festival pass)
All Saturday concerts of Jazz Brugge are part of the 7×7 action of Soundcast: the five jazz concerts together at just € 7 all in.
More info at
Ticket Klopotec: € 6 children € 12 adult (not included in Dagpas or Festivalpas)
Ticket prices do not include booking costs (€ 1 per (day) ticket / € 2 per festival pass)

Where and how do I buy tickets:

online via this site (pay with Visa / Mastercard / Bancontact)
by phone:
070 22 12 12 (Tickets Bruges – Mon-Fri from 14:00 to 17:00)
059 33 90 00 (UiTloket Ostend)
at the ticket desk:
In & Uit Brugge
UiTloket Oostende
Tourism Ostend

At the box office (from 60 minutes before the start of the first concert).
Discounted rates (only in presale)

The discount applies to both day passes and festival passes

for -26: 50% discount for +65: 10% discount

Jazz Bruges on Spotify


Complete program

Tigran Hamasyan
Colin Stetson
Mw’Soul (Ghalia Benali & Mâäk)
Jakob Bro Trio
Omer Avital Quintet
Free Desmyter & Bassem Hawar / The Takenouchi Documents
Amir ElSaffar & Ictus
Nachtschade: Aubergine (Muziektheater Transparant)
Elina Duni MDC III
James Brandon Lewis Trio + Anthony Pirog
Jaimie Branch Fly or Die
Nathalie Loriers & Chemins Croisés
Hans Beckers / Klopotec Orkestra
Mâäk Quintet
Wannes Deneer / Tuning Things



Top things to do during your stay in Bruges

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(voted as N° I on tripadvisor on 565 restaurants in Bruges ….wow !!!!)

 Minderbroederstraat 1;

 +32 497 801 872


 Phlipstockstraat 45- Bruges (city center)


 Langestraat 11, Bruges (city center)


 Meestraat 9 – Bruges (city center)


 Katelijnestraat 160 (close to Loft Katelijne en Groeninghe)


 Molenmeers 2 – Bruges (city center)




 Langestraat 15 – Bruges (city center) ; closed on Saturday and Sunday


 Nieuwe Gentweg 76- Bruges (city center)


 Langestraat 155 – 159 -Bruges (city center)


 Langestraat 109 – Bruges (city center)




 Minderbroedersstraat 26 -Bruges (city center), closed on sunday and monday


 Eekhoutstraat 24-Bruges (city center), closed on monday and tuesday (closed 8 until 19 march)


 Ezelstraat 21 -Bruges (city center) closed on Sunday & Monday


 Langestraat 155 – 159, Closed on Sunday & Monday


 Zomerweg 16 , 8490 Jabbeke

 +32 (0)50 81 26 85


 Jacob van Maerlantstraat 6 8340 Damme


 Predikherenstraat 11


 Mallebergplaats 5,


 Kleine St. Amandsstraat 5 Closed on Sunday


 Simon Stevinplein 15


 Eiermarkt 5, closed on Sundays


 Simon Stevenplein 14


 Gistelsesteenweg 520


 Achiel van Ackerplein 2


 Garenmarkt 30; Closed on saturday&sunday and school holidays


Carpe Diem

(also online delivery)

 Wijngaardstraat 8


 Prinsenhof 8


 Geldmuntstraat 9


 Vlamingstraat 56, closed monday and tuesday


 Muntpoort 8, closed on sunday and holidays


 Kartuizerinnenstraat 10


 Dweerstraat 13, Bruges 8000



(voted as 14 of 565 on tripadvisor)

 Hallestraat 4, Bruges 8000

 Langestraat 93, Bruges 8000 (Lebanese resto)


 Hoogstraat 33…. austrian and german wines


 Langestraat 97


 Braambergstraat 7


 Philip Stockstraat 41


 Kuiperstraat 6-8


Groot Vlaenderen

great Cocktail bar

 Vlamingstraat 94


 Park 5 Pub


 Philipstockstraat 19


 De Garre 1


 Kemelstraat 5


Café Rose Red

Lovely cosy bar for beer lovers with hundreds of Belgian Beers in Bruges.

 Cordoeanierstraat 16


Le Trappiste

Atmospheric bar with a great choice of beers

 Kuiperstraat 33


Comptoir des Arts

Nice cellar bar with daily events,  a good buzzy atmosphere and a fantastic selection of beer. only a short walk from the main square.

 Vlamingstraat 53

  00 32 494 38 79 61


Catering D' Deldycke

Excellent food at catering Deldycke for take away at good prices

 Wollestraat 23

 +32 50 33 43 35


De Plaats

Vegan place to be in Bruges. Excellent vegetarian food in friendly setting.

 Wapenmakersstraat 5 – Bruges

 +32 50 66 03 66


Resto Reliva

Small family run vegan restaurant in a quiet side street with great food.

 Goezeputstraat 6 -Bruges

 +32 50 331307


Resto De Bottelier

A gorgeous little restaurant next to a canal in a quiet part of Bruges.

 Sint Jakobsstraat 63 -Bruges


Chang Thong Thai

Very authentic Thai restaurant with great food to match.

 Kleine Hoefijzerstraat 3, 8000 Bruges

 +32 50 33 44 05



Favorite place of locals, enjoy soups, pasta, salads, woks, wraps, open till midnight, reservation needed

 Oostmeers 124

 +32 50 33 04 54

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