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Burg Square Tours

Burg Square
Burg Square sits on the former site of a castle, which was originally built to protect the area from invading Vikings and Normans (and remained the seat of the Counts of Flanders for more than 500 years). The castle is now gone, but the charming public square that replaced it, the Burg, has been the heart of Bruges ever since. 
 
The Basics
A popular stop on Bruges tours, the Burg features a collection of historic buildings that together represent almost every era in Bruges’ history. The most impressive include the late medieval town hall (Stadhuis), the Renaissance-style old civil registry, and the neoclassical court of justice. The Burg is also home to the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Burg Square is a must-visit for all visitors to Bruges.
  • With plenty of cafés and restaurants right on the square, the Burg is a good place to stop for lunch or a coffee break.
  • The square features flat cobblestones and is easily accessible to wheelchair users.
 
How to Get There
Burg Square sits in the historic center of Bruges, a 3-minute stroll from Markt Square via Breidelstraat, a short street lined with souvenir shops and restaurants. It’s about a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute bus ride from the main railway station.
 
When to Get There
Burg Square is a year-round attraction, and it's not really important when you visit. There's a fresh produce market here on Wednesdays that runs from morning to early afternoon. Other events are staged here throughout the year, including the Procession of the Holy Blood (on Ascension Day); Winter Sparks, a January festival that features live performances in the evenings; and the Bruges Beer Festival, which features tastings of classic and new Belgian beers in January or February.

The Procession of the Holy Blood
Held annually on Ascension Day (40 days after Easter), the Procession of the Holy Blood is a large religious procession that's been taking place since medieval times. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed event involves a procession in which clergy carry a cloth believed to be stained with the blood of Jesus, and though it's very much a religious event, the entire city participates.
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Bruges Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Bruges Private Tour

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Get a local introduction to Bruges' highlights on a private tour with a guide who's passionate about life in the city. Enjoy the flexibility to customize the tour to your interests, as you take in historic sites, classic architecture, and colorful, canal-side neighborhoods. Stop to explore local markets and to taste some locally-made chocolate, then finish with insider tips for your remaining time in Bruges.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.56
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$61.56
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Private Historical Tour: The Highlights of Bruges

Private Historical Tour: The Highlights of Bruges

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Avoid crowds and enjoy a more enriching experience of Bruges than is typically offered by group tours. This private walking tour is exclusively for your party so, as you explore the city's sights, you'll have ample opportunity to talk with your guide and learn all about the city's intriguing history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.86
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$92.86
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Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Bruges Private Food Tour

Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Bruges Private Food Tour

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Taste your way through Bruges’ enchanting old town on a private gourmet tour designed to show you how to eat like a local. Join in the favorite Belgian pastime of eating as a guide introduces you to 10 different specialties like fries, waffles, chocolate truffles, cheese, and fresh Flemish seafood. Wash it all down with fine Belgian beer, and ask all the questions you like for a personalized tour through Bruges’ culinary culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.50
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$84.50
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Bruges Private 90 minutes Kickstart Tour

Bruges Private 90 minutes Kickstart Tour

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Medieval Bruges counts among Belgium’s must-see cities—but escaping the tourist trail to find treasures only the locals know isn’t always easy. On this morning or afternoon tour, explore with your private guide and get the inside line on the city’s top attractions and hidden gems. Hear the secrets behind landmarks like the 14th-century Church of Our Lady, and see sides of this UNESCO–listed city many visitors miss.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.28
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The Best of Bruges - History Through Stories Walking Tour

The Best of Bruges - History Through Stories Walking Tour

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We'll start by heading to some places most travellers won't get to see. Then we'll visit some of the places you can't miss out on. A great combination between highlights and hidden gems. But most importantly: our guides are passionate local storytellers. So don't expect a tour crammed with historical details, but the stories that really can bring history to life and give you an insight in how life must've been back in the golden era of Bruges.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.82
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$19.82

Architectural Tour of Bruges

Architectural Tour of Bruges

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A walking guided tour thought several walls, canals and architecture eras of Bruges. The best way to experience the history of a medieval town is through its architecture. Therefore, the main focus of this tour is architecture ad its details that reflect milestones in the history of Bruges. Jamal will stretch architecture, legends, art, love, and tiny details for you by a monodrama and sarcasm. Jamal will also give you free time after the tour full of recommendations of must-visit-places, and that includes where and what to eat. Last but not least, the architecture of chocolate will also be tasted during the tour. It would be so silly not to enjoy artisan handmade chocolate in the capital of artisan handmade chocolate of the world.
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  • 2 hours
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$38.39
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Historical Walking Tour: Legends of Bruges

Historical Walking Tour: Legends of Bruges

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Walk around Bruges with a local guide, explore the historic centre and travel back in time to the golden days of Bruges. Our guide will tell you interesting facts and stories of love, glory and fortune, but also of intrigue, war and conflict. He or she can also advise you on where to eat and where to drink during your stay. By the end of the tour you'll know more than a local! IMPORTANT NOTE: Our guides are volunteers who offer tours for tips. The fee only covers the cost of booking via this platform.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$3.61
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$3.61
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"Edges of Brugge" Photo Tour (2hr open tour/workshop, 4 photographers max.)

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The focus of this morning photo tour is to stay somewhat central but explore the unknown, especially enjoying the landscape and architecture on of the beaten path. As a combination city tour and photography workshop open to all from absolute beginner to pro, you'll discover Brugge through a fresh perspective and improve your photography results without fail. Routes & locations are chosen both for general interest but also for best light and visual appeal, even with a smartphone we help you to get photos to remember long after your visit to this magical city. Also available as a private tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$74.28
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The Waffles -n Beer Workshop

The Waffles -n Beer Workshop

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Learn how to make waffles in their birthplace and sample local beer while you're at it with this tasting workshop. You'll start with a Belgian beer tasting in which you'll get to sample three types of Belgian beer, one of which you'll use for your waffle batter. You'll then learn how to make waffles yourself, which you'll get to eat...with more beer!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$362.13
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Private Photo Session in the City of Love

Private Photo Session in the City of Love

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A private walking guided tour thought several walls, canals and architecture eras of Bruges. The best way to experience the history of a medieval town is through its architecture. Therefore, the main focus of this tour is architecture ad its details that reflect milestones in the history of Bruges. Jamal will stretch architecture, legends, art, love, and tiny details for you by a monodrama and sarcasm. Jamal will also give you free time after the tour full of recommendations of must-visit-places, and that includes where and what to eat. Last but not least, the architecture of chocolate will also be tasted during the tour. It would be so silly not to enjoy artisan handmade chocolate in the capital of artisan handmade chocolate of the world.
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  • 2 hours
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$428.37
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$428.37
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Private Architectural Tour of Bruges

Private Architectural Tour of Bruges

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A private walking guided tour thought several walls, canals and architecture eras of Bruges. The best way to experience the history of a medieval town is through its architecture. Therefore, the main focus of this tour is architecture ad its details that reflect milestones in the history of Bruges. Jamal will stretch architecture, legends, art, love, and tiny details for you by a monodrama and sarcasm. Jamal will also give you free time after the tour full of recommendations of must-visit-places, and that includes where and what to eat. Last but not least, the architecture of chocolate will also be tasted during the tour. It would be so silly not to enjoy artisan handmade chocolate in the capital of artisan handmade chocolate of the world.
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  • 2 hours
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$428.37
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$428.37
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Private Culinary & history tour

Private Culinary & history tour

Explore Bruges in style and combine the great history of Bruges with Belgian culinary tastings. I'm a historical guide in Bruges for one year and a half and I'm a local. I know the best places in town. So I can give a top class experince. You combine the great history of Bruges with 4 culinary tastings. A lovely afternoon and an experience in style. Join me on this incredibly nice tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.47
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Visit Bruges, half day, departure in Bruges

Visit Bruges, half day, departure in Bruges

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Bruges is really the most enchanting city of Belgium. The entire city is protected by UNESCO as cultural heritage of humanity. Your guide will take you on a walking tour along the most beautiful sites of the city: the beguinage, the Church of our Lady with Michelangelo’s Madonna, the canals, the Belfry Tower on the Market Square, the Burg Square with the Town Hall and the Church of the Holy Blood… There will be time for an optional but unforgettable canal tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.18
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$30.18
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"Essential Brugge" Photo Tour (2hr open tour/workshop, 4 photographers max.)

This afternoon photo tour is about the history and people, at least through the lens. As we walk through the main historic areas of town (Burg/Begijnhof/Old Sint Jan), you’ll get the essential facts on what you’re seeing, both the heart of Brugge and core of photography. . ***Please Note*** This daily Essential Brugge open tour is only available from April 1st to October 15. Always available as a private tour on request. . As a combination of city tour and photography workshop open to all from absolute beginner to pro, you'll discover Brugge through a fresh perspective and improve your photography results without fail. Routes & locations are chosen both for general interest but also for best light and visual appeal, even with a smartphone we help you to get photos to remember long after your visit to this magical city. Also available as a private tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$74.28
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$74.28

Private Bruges Walk (3h)

Private Bruges Walk (3h)

Known as the Venice of the North, because of its peaceful canals, Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was a justified motive that prompted UNESCO in 2000 to include the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage list. The current city boundaries still coincide exactly with those of the medieval city centre, and the spaces and structures that were so typical of Bruges in the past have been preserved. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$309.52
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$309.52

Guided food tour: Hidden gems in Bruges

Guided food tour: Hidden gems in Bruges

A very unique experience with a local food guerrilla. Enter the midieval world of Bruges and discover our local gems and hidden treasures while tasting some of the finest local brews and bites. No tourist traps here, urban guerrila style exploring is our game ! Prepare youre taste buds and savour Bruges like you should.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.67
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$86.67
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"Hidden Brugge" Photo Tour (2hr open tour/workshop, 4 photographers max.)

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This afternoon tour is focused on the quiet side of Brugge towards the windmills, chasing quiet corners and side streets with an eye out for details next to the wide shot. Also available as a private tour. on request . ***Please note*** This "4pm Hidden Brugge" open tour runs at 1pm from October 15th to April 1st for best shooting light. . As a combination of city tour and photography workshop open to all from absolute beginner to pro, you'll discover Brugge through a fresh perspective and improve your photography results without fail. Routes & locations are chosen both for general interest but also for best light and visual appeal, even with a smartphone we help you to get photos to remember long after your visit to this magical city.
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  • 2 hours
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$74.28
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$74.28

Gastronomic Tour: A Taste of Bruges

Gastronomic Tour: A Taste of Bruges

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Chocolate, waffles, fries, beer... Belgian food is definitely worth a try! Enjoy the delicious tastes of Bruges on this free food tour with an expert local guide and learn the story behind the taste. The numerous samples are included and the tour is tip-based, so don't forget to tip the guide if you enjoyed it. The tour ends in a local brewery with a free beer!
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$3.61
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$3.61
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Live - virtual walking tour through Bruges

Live - virtual walking tour through Bruges

This virtual tour is to provide an overview of the city by sharing some nice insights on local culture, history, typical Belgium treats, nightlife and more... The tour starts in the Main Square. We would walk around the Belfry Tower which is our oldest moniment in the city center. We keep walking to get to the Simon Square. Our tour continues to the Church of our Lady which is our tallest monument and next to it we would see how the wealthiest family of the city used to live in the gruuthuse museum. We will keep walking until we arrive to the brewery Bourgogne de Flandes where we need to talk about the beers, then we stop in the most photographed place of Bruges; de rozenhoedkaai. To finish the experiece we stop in the Burg Square. All of these sites will be visited from the outside. The tour will include some nice stories and ledgends about the things we will be seeing.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
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$38.63
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"Shades of Brugge" Photo Tour (3hr private tour/workshop)

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This night tour is towards maximizing your photos as the light goes low in Brugge, guiding you to the most photo-friendly locations with a mix of canals, side streets, main squares and otherwise. . This tour is (like all our offerings) suited to all photographers both beginner to professional. We generally recommend starting in the blue hour (sunset) but of course will work out an exact time that suits your needs (and skill or equipment) best.
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  • 3 hours
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$272.38
per group
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$272.38
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Private History Tour of Bruges - Customize Your Authentic Experience

Private History Tour of Bruges - Customize Your Authentic Experience

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The most passionate guides to be found in Bruges will take only you and your private group on a tour through the fascinating medieval city centre of Bruges. At the beginning of the tour we'll make sure to customise the experience so you'll get to see what's most interesting to you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.75
Price varies by group size
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$59.75
Price varies by group size
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Photo Tour

Photo Tour "Hans Memling" + Boat trip + Brugorama

After visiting the most romantic and picturesque sites we offer you a 30 min. boat trip on the canals* Free gift! Get BRUGORAMA, the biggest photo show about Bruges and let us take together outstanding photos. With more than 250 photos BRUGORAMA will let you relive everthing you saw and much that you certainly should see the next time. You'll be back home with a fascinating collection of photos from top photographers and a series you made yourself thanks to the examples we will show you and our tips and tricks. Together with the photo show BRUGORAMA you will receive the illustrated information brochure with a description of the places we visited and the pictures you took. Don't be surprised if you fall in love with our city and start planning your next visit. * Available during the boat season from 1/3 to 15/11except in bad weather.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.46
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$78.46

Bicycle tour, 3 hours, windmills of Bruges, rental bike included

Bicycle tour, 3 hours, windmills of Bruges, rental bike included

Bruges is a small city with a rich history. The city walls have a length of 8.5 km. You can cycle along quiet paths. You will pass mills, canals and city gates. Bruges is a unique destination. It is Unesco world heritage. If you cycle through the historic center, you are just in an open air museum. You will see cobblestone streets, picturesque squares and impressive facades. This medieval city has well preserved its special features. A bike ride a fantastic way to discover the city. With a local guide you will discover hidden squares, cozy bars and beautiful alleys.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.83
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$39.83
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Walk & Explore Bruges with the interactive Qula City Trail

Walk & Explore Bruges with the interactive Qula City Trail

Price per group of 2-6 people. Within 2 hours the Qula Bruges City Trail will guide you along the best spots in Bruges, while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone. Try to set a top score with family or friends and explore the city. There are no fixed starting times or reservations, you pick your own day and time. The Trail is available 24/7 and there is no time limit - you can start, pause and stop whenever it suits you! It's offered in multiple languages (Eng, Ger, Fr, Ned, Sp, It and more).The City Trail is great fun and the most affordable outing for families and groups of friends. How does it work? With your booking, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to play the Trail on your smartphone. Android or IPhone compatible. Once at the starting point, you begin your quest through the city, it's that easy!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.01
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$35.01
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