18th eawe PhD Seminar

2-4 November 2022


Bruges is the capital of the province of West Flanders, in the northwest of Belgium. It is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world and the most visited city in Belgium ahead of Brussels.
Bruges is a city that goes straight to your heart. Offering medieval mystery and an unashamedly Burgundian atmosphere, Bruges has long been one of the world’s great cities. For many centuries, the canals of Bruges have connected the city to the sea, guaranteeing wealth and prosperity. In the 15th century, the city flourished like never before. Large parts of the medieval patrimony have remained almost completely intact. It is only logical that the entire city centre has been recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Go and explore the mysterious ‘canals, the veins of the city, and immerse yourself in the golden age of Bruges, also known as the “Venice of the North”.

Bruges has plenty to offer: outstanding hotels, renowned museums, an amazing array of cultural events, innovative companies, Zeebrugge world port and plenty of nature on the city's fringe. After a busy day, you can take a stroll along the green city walls or through the city's many parks for a breath of fresh air. What's more is that all the historic buildings, many hotels and restaurants, as well as convention venues are all within walking distance in the city centre.

The medieval overtones of Bruges’ cobblestone streets lead to countless historical, architectural and artistic wonders. Marvel at ornate houses lining intricate canals, and understand why this is a favourite destination for all types of travellers. The whole city emanates an appreciation of the past, a love of the present, and enthusiasm for the future.

Still not convinced ? Start the 360° virtual tour of Bruges to explore its medieval treasures.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of things to see and do in Bruges (click on the pictures fore more info):

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Burg square: It is the soul of the city. For centuries this has been the centre of power in the city, and Bruges’ city administration still occupies the 14th century Gothic Town Hall. This grand, majestic square is lined with monumental landmark buildings. These were built over the centuries, and reflect the building style of their age. A handy architectural guide assembled in a single square!


Markt (Market Square) and Belfort (Belfry): The beating heart of Bruges has long been dominated by the Belfry, 83 metres high and the city’s most prominent building. Those who climb to the top of the Belfry are rewarded with a breath-taking panorama. In the Market Square itself, marvel at the imposing Provincial Court and the many colourful stepped gables.

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Canals of Bruges: The canals have for centuries been the veins of the city, winding through Bruges and treating you to another magnificent view around every bend. Take a stroll or a boat trip and discover secret gardens, romantic bridges and medieval facades reflected in the water. Veiled in mist, a family of swans floating past: time stands still on the canals.


Begijnhof (Beguinage): The 'Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde' with its white-coloured house fronts and tranquil convent garden was founded in 1245. This little piece of world heritage was once the home of the beguines, emancipated lay-women who nevertheless led a pious and celibate life.

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Sint-Janshuismolen: This windmill, which was built in 1770, is one of a few remaining windmills that once adorned the Bruges city perimeter. There are three other windmill standing next to each other, but this one is the only one that is still standing in its original position. The public can visit inside the windmill to see how the wind energy is utilised to mill grains. This is also a statue to remind us that wind energy has played an important role in society for a long time.


Rozenhoedkaai (Rosary Quay): The city’s most popular spot for photography, a centuries-old Instagrammable hotspot. Once upon a time, rosaries were sold here; today it provides one of the city’s loveliest views.


More information and other attractions can be found on the official website of the city of Bruges: https://www.visitbruges.be/en (all pictures above come from the website)

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