Thematic Walking Tours

During these guided tours, you will wander along routes emphasizing a specific theme or a certain aspect that was important for a particular period of time in Bruges and for which visible traces still remain today and can be recognized in the city landscape.

Almshouses Walking Tour

A visit to residences hidden behind city walls or fenced off from plain view.These small enclaves consist of a few small houses that were sponsored by rich patricians or by  guilds or other societies and were erected for and inhabited by poorer citizens. For the rich sponsors, this financial backing was considered a kind of insurance of holiness in the hereafter. This visit emphasizes an anecdotal history of social life in Bruges.

The Plague in Bruges

This tour offers  a visit to the places that remind us of the horrible plague that swept through Europe. You will search for traces of the illness that deeply influenced the social aspects of the city. A walking tour that focuses on the unequalled  struggle the people of Bruges undertook against the plague. What was done to avoid the illness and how were plague stricken individuals treated? Which unique medicinal cures were prescribed in those days? It is an aspect of a fascinating but less known social impact the city underwent.

From Open Gate to Bruges Lunatic

Exactly 100 years ago the female psychiatric patients moved from the Bouveriestreet in town to the King Albert I Avenue in St.- Michiels. The Psychiatric Hospital of Our Lady wants to celebrate this event and presents a new walk around that theme. Guides from our association will take you all along the way

The Five Senses ("Body" walk)

To what extent do our five senses take precedent during a walking tour? Taste, Touch, Hearing, Smelling and Seeing are so connected to our body and spirit that we use them daily without consciously thinking about them.

During this walking tour you will be allowed to stop and be closer in touch with each of your five senses. You will wander by the herb gardens, shortly pause by the "gaper", you can already smell the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans…

Bruges for those who know her

Bruges has become a theme on itself when looking at the world of cultural tourism. A unique architectural heritage exists here as do museums that evoke dreams. Bruges is inexhaustible and unfailing even for those who might already know the city well. With this tour, the attention is focused on lesser known details along the well known routes.

Stories and Legends

A walking tour based on traditional stories and legends in Bruges that relate to the buildings, paintings and various locations in the city. The grandiose romantic traditional stories or poetic works speak to us about historical occurrences from the heroic past. Legends center on the folk stories and myths of the people focusing more on the entertaining and moral elements and less on historical accuracy.

Bruges and the French Literature

This tour offers you a picture of the French literary connections to Bruges between 1830 and 1950. You will wander by houses and hotels where various French authors have resided and the unique places where they found their artistic inspiration. A fascinating history full of lovers, weird characters and literary anecdotes.

"Side streets" walking tour 1 (woman’s walks)

During this walking tour,"She" (the woman) is no longer anonymous. From the shadows of the history of Brugge, women are highlighted and brought to the foreground. This tour focuses on women and groups of women during the period before the French Revolution

The "Guido Gezelle" walking tour

This tour takes you in the footsteps of one of the greatest Flemish Poets ever. From the cradle to the grave, the tour takes us along milestones of literary anecdotes to be sure we will not forget. In this tour, Gezelle's shadow walks along with us...

"Side streets" walking tour 2 (woman’s walks)

Just as the previous walking tour, "She" (the woman) is in the spotlights. The period after the French revolution to modern times is the focus and emphasizes on the life of the woman as individual in Bruges.