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.

For more information, visit : https://visit.brussels/en/lists/bruegel-brussels

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.

Restaurants

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: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
* 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.

How do I rent a short term apartment in Bruges or Ghent?

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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.

For more information, visit:

https://www.visitflanders.com/en/themes/arts-and-heritage/flemish-masters/pieter-bruegel-the-elder/index.jsp?country=en_US

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts are offering a virtual exhibition dedicated to the hidden side of the master’s work: https://www.fine-arts-museum.be/en/exhibitions/bruegel-unseen-masterpieces

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

brugge@frederiekvanpamel.be

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 €

Internet: http://bezoekers.preview.brugge.be/nl/groeningemuseum 

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.

Collection

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

Internet: http://bezoekers.preview.brugge.be/nl/sint-janshospitaal 

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.

History

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.

Collection

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).

Venue:

Concertgebouw Brugge
‘t Zand 34 8000, Brugge
www.concertgebouw.be

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 concertgebouw.be/soundcast
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)
Reijseger/Fraanje/Sylla
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
Donder
Wannes Deneer / Tuning Things

 

 

Top things to do during your stay in Bruges

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Parkrestaurant

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

 Minderbroederstraat 1;

 +32 497 801 872

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 Phlipstockstraat 45- Bruges (city center)

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 Langestraat 11, Bruges (city center)

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 Meestraat 9 – Bruges (city center)

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 Katelijnestraat 160 (close to Loft Katelijne en Groeninghe)

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 Molenmeers 2 – Bruges (city center)

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Rock-Fort

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

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 Nieuwe Gentweg 76- Bruges (city center)

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 Langestraat 155 – 159 -Bruges (city center)

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 Langestraat 109 – Bruges (city center)

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Pomperlut

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

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

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

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 Langestraat 155 – 159, Closed on Sunday & Monday

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 Zomerweg 16 , 8490 Jabbeke

 +32 (0)50 81 26 85

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 Jacob van Maerlantstraat 6 8340 Damme

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 Predikherenstraat 11

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 Mallebergplaats 5,

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 Kleine St. Amandsstraat 5 Closed on Sunday

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 Simon Stevinplein 15

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 Eiermarkt 5, closed on Sundays

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 Simon Stevenplein 14

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 Gistelsesteenweg 520

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 Achiel van Ackerplein 2

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 Garenmarkt 30; Closed on saturday&sunday and school holidays

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Carpe Diem

(also online delivery)

 Wijngaardstraat 8

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 Prinsenhof 8

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 Geldmuntstraat 9

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 Vlamingstraat 56, closed monday and tuesday

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 Muntpoort 8, closed on sunday and holidays

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 Kartuizerinnenstraat 10

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 Dweerstraat 13, Bruges 8000

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Soup

(voted as 14 of 565 on tripadvisor)

 Hallestraat 4, Bruges 8000

 Langestraat 93, Bruges 8000 (Lebanese resto)

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 Hoogstraat 33…. austrian and german wines

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 Langestraat 97

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 Braambergstraat 7

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 Philip Stockstraat 41

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 Kuiperstraat 6-8

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Groot Vlaenderen

great Cocktail bar

 Vlamingstraat 94

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 Park 5 Pub

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 Philipstockstraat 19

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 De Garre 1

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 Kemelstraat 5

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Café Rose Red

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

 Cordoeanierstraat 16

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Le Trappiste

Atmospheric bar with a great choice of beers

 Kuiperstraat 33

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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

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Catering D' Deldycke

Excellent food at catering Deldycke for take away at good prices

 Wollestraat 23

 +32 50 33 43 35

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De Plaats

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

 Wapenmakersstraat 5 – Bruges

 +32 50 66 03 66

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Resto Reliva

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

 Goezeputstraat 6 -Bruges

 +32 50 331307

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Resto De Bottelier

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

 Sint Jakobsstraat 63 -Bruges

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Chang Thong Thai

Very authentic Thai restaurant with great food to match.

 Kleine Hoefijzerstraat 3, 8000 Bruges

 +32 50 33 44 05

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Stoepa

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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Bruges promoted in high profile Unesco campaign.

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Bruges has been selected as one of the 34 world heritage sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage Journeys, a brand new campaign set up by UNESCO and National Geographic with the cooperation of the EU and the participating sites. With this initiative, the partners want to promote world heritage sites in Europe specifically to the cultural tourist.

The basis for the campaign is a brand new website in English, French, and Chinese that is built around four themes: ‘Ancient Europe’, ‘Romantic Europe’, ‘Royal Europe’ and ‘Underground Europe’.

Bruges ended up in the theme ‘Romantic Europe’ together with the historic center of Vilnius and San Gimignano, the Mont-Saint-Michel, Pafos (Cyprus), the cultural landscapes of Wachau (Austria), Lednice-Valtice (Czech Republic) and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (Germany). Representatives of the Tourism and Heritage Services of all these sites worked closely together at a number of international workshops.

The focus of the campaign is on sustainable tourism. M Rössler, director of the World Heritage Center at UNESCO: “Our goal is to encourage people to travel differently, to stay longer at one destination, to experience the local culture and to acquire a greater knowledge of the values of the World Heritage.

Renaat Landuyt, mayor of Bruges: “Bruges is an international city that attracts visitors from all over the world, more and more often from distant markets that stop during a tour in Europe in Bruges. The slogan of the campaign ‘Travel differently, travel deeper’ fits in perfectly with our strategy to mainly encourage the added value seeker to stay in Bruges. The fact that we get the support of reputable partners for this offers opportunities that we did not have access to until today. “

Relocating business employees to Bruges or Ghent

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Appointing an international business employee to Belgium?

Visa and passports

An identity card or valid passport is necessary.

  1. Eu-citizen: An ordinary identity card is sufficient for most citizens of the European Union.
  2. Non-Eu-citizen: If you arrive in Belgium from outside the European Union, you must first pass through customs. There are no border controls once inside the European Union. Check at the Belgian embassy or consulate in your own country to find out exactly what documents you need

Addresses of foreign Embassies and Consulates in Belgium

Registering with the immigration authorities

  • Non-Belgian citizens wanting to settle in Bruges must register with the local immigration office.
  • The relocation office of the city of Bruges processes residency applications for international employees submitted by a relocation partner.

How to submit an application to the relocation office?

  • As relocation partner you complete the entire application.
  • Verify that the international employee holds a long-term residency visa (type D visa).
    Adresses of Belgian embassies and consulates.
  • Family of the international employee who also have a long-term residency visa (type D visa) can be registered at the same time.

Processing of applications

  • After the application has been submitted, a residency check will be conducted by a community police officer (wijkagent).
  • Then you can make an appointment with the relocation office for the finalisation of the registration process.

Fees

Depending on the nationality of the employee, he or she must pay a federal fee. (€60, €200 or €350)  This fee covers administrative expenses in relation to the processing of the application and will not be refunded in the event that the application is unsuccessful.

Applying for a work permit

Most international employees need a work permit to be able to work in Belgium. Some employees are exempt from the work permit obligation based on their nationality, status, and nature or duration of their employment.

Work permit types

  • Work permit type A: unlimited duration.
  • Work permit type B:  maximum duration of 12 months.
  • Work permit type C: limited duration only.

Who must submit the work permit application?

The application for a type A or C work permit must be submitted by the international employee at the Flemish Government.

The application for a type B work permit must be submitted by the employer on behalf of the international employee. If the application is approved, the employee will automatically receive his or her type B work permit.

 

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