Bruges was born on the banks of the river Reie, is often named Venice of the North because of its many canals and its importance as a trading centre and port in the Middle Ages, a time when no less than 54 breweries dotted the centre, and where fire was a daily risk. Water, fire and beer are constant factors throughout the history of Bruges.
Walk of 2 hours: 100 euro
- Trip Outline
Water is the main character in the history of Bruges. The river attracted the first settlers in the second century. Over the Reie ships sailed from all over Europe to the central market of Bruges where one could find silk from Italy, furs from the Baltics, spices from the East and textiles made in Flandres. The silting up of the river also meant the downfall of Bruges as a world harbor. Because the water was often the cause of disease, people preferred to drink beer brewn in one of the more than 50 breweries Bruges had. Houses were very often made of wood, with tatched roofs, and the water from the canals was never too far away when fire raged through the city. The many canals are still a major draw for many tourists creating wonderful photo ops and romantic boat rides that show the city from a different perspective. For those that aren’t into beer, the textiles that made Bruges great in Medieval times, have been replaced by the chocolate as the new must have each visitor wants to take home. This walk tells you the history of Bruges with water and fire, beer and chocolate as its main protagonists. We also pass many of the highlights of Bruges you do not want to miss.
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.
This walk can be combined with a stop in a local pub where you can taste one ( or more) of Belgians famous beers, and a stop at a local artisanal chocolatier.