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Beguinage (Begijnhof), Bruges

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Enjoy the tranquillity of Beguinage (Begijnhof), a religious community seemingly frozen in time. This particular beguinage was founded in 1245 and housed the beguines of Bruges up until 1937. Today, the community is a monastery for Benedictine nuns. At a time when official religious institutions distrusted the new religious orders coming into being, a beguine was a safe community where female followers lived together, much like nuns but without the strict vows. Take a quiet stroll through the streets past rows of identical white homes. Wander to the southern end, where some of the houses date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. In the left corner behind the garden, you'll find the largest house, which would have housed the grand dame. Work out when and for how long to visit Beguinage (Begijnhof) and other Bruges attractions using our handy Bruges trip builder.
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  • Really interesting history and so peaceful. We also walked through a second time on a the Legends of Bruce walking tour and learnt a lot of the interesting history. We were also lucky enough to witnes...  more »
  • The beguinage is a place to visit for what we learn about the history of the place but also because it is a nice place to walk around, romantic with swans in the pond in front. Pleasant in summer and winter.
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  • Go on a visit to Brugges and see. A place out of time, immersed in the silence. Also discover the Lake of love and these swans.
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  • Serene grounds and interesting rooms showing past lifestyle. The inner courtyard is very peaceful, with a grove of tall trees gently murmuring in the wind. You can sit on one of the benches and relax, and imagine life as one of the women in what was basically a religious work commune. For a fairly reasonable €4 you can see a selection of rooms (kitchen, living room, bedroom, walled garden) which are almost as if they were left untouched for 150 years. The grounds also contain a church but it's quite a boring one, sorry. The entrance and exit give views from a bridge, and onto the Minnewater lake, lots of photo opportunities with swans!
  • The museum is small but good. But the surroundings are really nice and photogenic
  • Quiet and serene, the beguine museum gives a very interesting snapshot of 17th century Flanders life
  • I visited a few of the beguinages across Belgium and this was my favourite. It's not the largest but it's the prettiest - mainly because of the gardens. You are requested to be quiet while you're in the complex and not having a bunch of tourists talking does add to the serenity. You don't need to spend too long here but it's worth seeing and you can get some great photos.
  • Accessed through a short bridge over a canal, it opens unto a tree lined courtyard that makes for a pleasant stroll. But not for wheelchairs or strollers!