Boating experience in Bruges

Canals of Bruges

Explore the Canals of Bruges, with boat tours offering views of Belfry of Bruges, Church of Our Lady, historic bridges, and unique Flemish architecture.

Bruges, often referred to as the Venice of the North, is renowned for its extensive network of canals that wind through its medieval heart. Boat tours offer a unique way to explore historic landmarks like the Belfry of Bruges and the Church of Our Lady, and pass under charming stone bridges.

Historical Background

The canals of Bruges were developed in the Middle Ages to facilitate trade and transport, making the city a prominent commercial hub. You can witness this history firsthand on a boat tour that sails past landmarks like the Belfry of Bruges. This medieval bell tower stands 83 meters high and offers a glimpse into the city's prosperous past. Another iconic sight visible from the canals is the Church of Our Lady, known for its towering spire and Michelangelo's sculpture of Madonna and Child. These key landmarks offer a blend of historical and architectural insights, bringing Bruges’ rich past to life.

Popular Boat Tours and Unique Architecture

Several boat tour operators, such as the Red Boats and De Brugse Bootjes, offer guided excursions that last around 30 minutes. These tours navigate through picturesque waterways, under ancient stone bridges and along medieval buildings. The stepped gable houses that line the canals showcase unique Flemish architecture with their ornate façades and gabled roofs, adding an extra layer of charm to the experience. Each building tells a story, from the luxurious homes of wealthy merchants to modest dwellings.

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