Get lost in the city
The whole city centre of Bruges is listed as UNESCO cultural heritage. Do you need to know more? Just wander in one of the many winding, small streets and go where feet take you. If we may make a suggestion, make sure to visit Jerusalem's Church a 15th century house of God built by a wealty Spanish family, a unique and macabre monument with a gruesome altarpiece covered in skull motifs. Not something you see every day.
Masterpieces all around
The Groeningemuseum is Bruges' most celebrated art gallery. It displays a marvellous collection that focusses on the classical painters: Flemish Primitives and Renaissance artists. 'Madonna with Canon George Van der Paele' by Jan Van Eyck is one of the collection's masterpieces and a work of exquisite detail. You'll also find works of surrealist pioneers such as Paul Delvaux and René Magritte. Looking for something else than fine arts? Go to Choco-Story, a museum dedicated to one of Belgian's specialties: chocolate.
Bruges by night
A must for the gentle and romantic souls. During the day Bruges is gorgeous, at night it is simply irrestistible. Wait until the sun sets and go for a stroll through the medieval city. You'll see beautifully lit statues, facades and monuments. If you like it even more quiet, wander down to the Minnewater. In the middle of the park there's a beautiful lake, which the locals call the lake of love. And that pretty much says it all.
Interview a vampire
The most bizarre bar in Bruges is without a doubt Lucifernum: an old freemason's temple that now has turned into the wonderful world of the wonderfully weird Willy Retsin, a self-proclaimed vampire. Ring the bell and he will gladly let you in for a drink, surrounded by rare antiques and obscure works of art. It'll be an interesting evening, you can count on it. Only open in the weekend! Souvenir hunters on the other hand can head to De Bierboom, a café and beer shop with over 150 different types of beer. Rudy, the owner of this beer Valhalla, will gladly answer all of your questions, so feel free to ask.
A church of this day and age
Magdalena Church looks like your average house of God, but it isn't. On the inside it's truly a house of experiment: art exhibitions, concerts, plays, Japanese themed parties, pretty much anything is possible. From the top of the ceiling, a swinging chair is dangling. For a church in the more traditional way, go to the Church of Our Lady. There you'll see Michelangelo's statue 'Madonna with child'. This classic work is to Bruges what the Mona Lisa is to Paris. You really can't miss it.