Walking tour Tranquil Bruges
Tranquil Bruges (3,7 km) map walking tour (PDF: 63,6 kB)
This walking tour will guide you through a very quiet neighbourhood, where you will discover beautiful churches, almshouses, the windmills and many other picturesque places. Leave Burg square via Burgstraat, towards Philipstockstraat.
St. Peter’s Chapel, Keersstraat 1: former chapel of the candle-makers, today shared by the United Protestant Church and the English Church.
On the corner of this street, you will find the Chocolate Museum ‘choco-story’ A new chocolate museum has been opened in Bruges, on the corner of the Sint-Jansstraat. It offers a fascinating look into the history of chocolate and there are also free demonstrations and samples!
St. Walburgha’s Church: splendid baroque church (1619-1642), built by Brugean Jesuit
Pieter Huyssens. Noteworthy are the marble communion bench, the high altar and the pulpit. In summer, the church is open to the public every evening (illumination and music).
Blekerstraat: The oldest pub of Bruges is situated in this street.
St. Anne’s Church: the present church, consecrated in 1624, took the place of a former gothic church razed to the ground in 1581. Luxurious interior, with a.o. marble rood screen, choir and confessional stalls, lustres and baptismal font.
Jerusalem Chapel, Peperstraat: built in the 15th century according to the plans of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Worth seeing are a.o. the precious stained glass windows and the mausoleums of the church founders (Anselmus Adornes and his spouse). Nextdoors is the ‘Kantcentrum’
Lace Centre, Peperstraat 3: (Kantcentrum), housed in the tastefully restored almshouses founded by the Adornes family. Lace demonstrations every afternoon (except Sundays), whereas in the museum-shop all materials for lacemaking can be purchased.
Junior Lace School, Balstraat 16.
Folklore Museum, Rolweg 40: thematic reconstructions of old time interiors such as a cobbler’s workshop, grocery store, kitchen, pharmacy, classroom, hatmaker’s workshop, confectionery, cooper’s workshop and museum inn called ‘De Zwarte Kat’ (The Black Cat). Collections: pipes, lace, clothing, traditional devotional items, baking tins, etc.
English Convent, Carmersstraat 85: typical domed church (1736-1739)
St. Sebastian’s Archers’ Guild, Carmersstraat 174: the members of this ancient and honourable long-bow archers’ guild treasure valuable paintings, important archives and reminders of the membership of Belgian and British monarchs.
De Nieuwe Papegaai: this mill, originally used in Beveren-Ijzer, served as an oil-mill. Reconstructed here in 1970. No longer in use.
Sint-Janshuysmolen: so-called stilt windmill (1770), in use on this spot till 1914. Working again since 1964. During the summer season, wind providing, the vanes turn
at full speed. The miller will gladly show you around.
Guido Gezelle Museum, Rolweg 64: birthplace of the famous Flemish poet (1830-1899), today a literary museum.
St. George’s Archers Guild, Stijn Streuvelsstraat 59: the crossbow archers of St. George’s preserve valuable archives as well as a unique collection of crossbows.
Bonne Chiere: wooden stilt-mill (1888), which originally came from Olsene (East-Flanders) and was rebuilt in Bruges in 1911. No longer in use.
Kruisvest-Kruispoort: old fortified town gate (1402), unlike the other remaining gates built in white sand lime bricks. Was part of the city’s 13th/14th-century defensive girdle. Rebuilt on several occasions