The free walking tour in Bruges, called Legends of Bruges, is a worth doing activity when in the city, a good way to learn about its rich history and legends. Walking tours are usually a great choice to get to know the place you’re visiting, and if it’s free, even better. Starting at the Grote Markt, you’ll be lead through several important and touristic sites, and hear many legends about Bruges.
What is the history behind the swans? What happened to the city’s wall? Where are all the breweries from the past? What caused the decline of the trade market in Bruges? What is the golden dragon of Bruges doing on the top of Ghent’s Belfry? All these questions will be answered, among others.
I did the tour on a Saturday afternoon, the day was pretty and sunny, so I guess a lot of people (tourists and locals) had the same idea: Free walking tour time! The number of people waiting at the meeting point was big; the guides had to split the crowd in two. Our guy, Simon (he has a History degree, which makes me believe in everything he said), was very enthusiastic and funny, he told us a lot of great insights about his city.
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During the tour you pass through unique and important spots: The Church of Our Lady, the beguinage, the Old St. John’s Hospital, the Burg Square (political center of the city), the Stoofstraat (narrowest street in town), and many others. You don’t enter any of the paid sites during the excursion; it’s an external visit only.
The tour lasts about 1h30, and it’s full of pit-stops filled with a lot of information. If you like history, I’m sure you’ll love it and stay til the end. By the way, those who wait til the end get free/discount coupons (Yes, free beer, cheaper waffle, that’s the spirit!). When the tour ends you’re invited to contribute with a tip, you can give as much as you like. I guess you’re going to feel like helping not for the pressure but because you enjoyed the activity, which is my opinion, a must do when in Bruges.
How much? It’s free, but they encourage you to tip by the end of the tour
When? Every day starting at 2 pm. PS: They also offer a free night tour starting at 8 pm
Where? In front of the statue at the Grote Markt – Bruges, Belgium