A walk between almshouses and bath houses, from the pious to the sinners, from the rich to the poor. Discover some of the 45 almshouses that can still be found in the city centre, the oldest dating back to 1330, experience the tranquility of the inner gardens of the almshouses and the peaceful beguinage, and find out why the bath houses all have disappeared from the city centre.
Walk of 2 hours: 100 euro
- Trip Outline
The oldest almshouses in Bruges were built as early as the beginning of the 14th century. 45 of these complexes have been carefully preserved and are still used to house the elderly today. They form green and tranquil retreats within the city, and are very often overlooked by visitors since their entrance is often a bit out of sight. In the 14th century bath houses were popular with locals and foreign merchants alike. And although more than 40 bath houses could be found in the centre of the city, they have all disappeared. Learn the fascinating story of almshouses and bath houses in medieval times in Bruges. During your walk you will also discover many of the highlights of Bruges, like the beguinage, the Saint-Johns Hospital, the church of Our Lady, the Gruuthuse palace… This walk shows you another side of Bruges, that often lies just behind the facade of the well-known architectural must-sees in Bruges.
Generally my tours take two hours walking through the city. The start, end and route of the tour can be customized to your needs and wishes. We can for instance pick you up at your hotel, the train station, your breakfast or lunch place. Each walk can be extented if desired and sites you really do not want to miss can be included. Each walk can be further personalized according to your interest and background knowledge without any extra charge, making each tour a unique and personal experience.
As a local of Bruges I know all the ins and outs of the city. Visiting Bruges should feel like visiting a friends hometown knowing there is someone to answer all your questions, be them historical or practical. I will be more than happy to advise you and to answer any questions you may have about your stay in the city.