Self-Guided Walking Tour Bruges

Self-Guided Walking Tour Bruges

This post is a free, self-guided walking tour of Bruges historic centre, along with a downloadable map with our suggested route.

You can complete this tour in 60-90 minutes, but you may want to take more time to explore the area and see as much as possible.

There are also several free walking tours of Bruges that run daily if you would like to have a live tour guide. 

 

Bruges Walking Map

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INTRODUCTION

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Free Walking Tours Bruges

Free Walking Tours Bruges

There are 3 types of free walking tours in Bruges, a historic centre tour, a food tour, as well as a night tour focused on legends and ghost stories. 

In this post, we explain all of your options, including tour schedules and what you will see on each tour. 

 

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OVERVIEW AND SCHEDULE

Free walking tour companies run their guided experiences on a pay-what-you-like basis.

At the end of the tour, they’ll ask you to pay what you think the experience was worth or what you could afford.

According to online reviews, the range per adult appears to be €10 – €15.

 

 

The guided walks in Bruges generally cover the city centre.

The walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and small enough that there is usually also time for some level of a short history lesson.

You’ll be able to find daily city overview walks as well as culinary tours.

Since the free tours are affordable and popular, they can get quite crowded during the busy season.

So, for travelers who want to take tours with fewer people, we recommend paid small group tours

 


 

FREE TOURS OF BRUGES HISTORIC CENTRE

Multiple companies offer free walking tours of the Bruges city centre and they are all well-reviewed. All are local companies with large companies like Sandemans New Europe absent from Bruges.

While on your tour, you’ll have an opportunity to see some of the most notable sites and learn about the history of this city and what makes it so special.

 

 

You can expect to see the following landmarks on these Bruges centre tours:

  • Market Square
  • Gruuhuse Palace
  • St. John’s Hospital
  • Lake of Love
  • Bridge of Love
  • Burgh Square
  • Fish Market
  • And more!

If you want to see and learn more about these locations, consider taking one of the following free walking tours.


Walking advenTours Bruges

This 90-min tour follows the route laid out above. Tours are only offered in English.

We like this company because it’s owned and operated by a couple and includes free samples of chocolate from a local Bruges chocolatier.

  • Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

You can book both tours here.


Latin Tours Brugge

This 2-hour tour will show you the most famous landmarks, accompanied by a short history of the area’s community and culture. Latin Tours Brugge

Your guide will also give you some tips on the best restaurants, nightlife spots, and street food options. 

  • English tours begin daily at 10:30 am.
  • Spanish tours begin daily at 13:00 (1:00 pm).

This company also offers extended paid public tours, as well as private tours that will allow you to avoid large crowds of fellow tourists.

You can book both tours here.


Legends of Bruges

Discover the medieval centre of this city on a daily 2 ½ hour walk focused on local history, urban legends, and culture. You’ll leave your guide with fun stories and tips on where to eat and hang out.Legends of Bruges

The walk starts daily at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 14:00 (2:00 pm). 

There are also 9:45 am tours which run every day from April – December, and on weekends only from January – March.

This company also offers paid private tours which cover the same subjects. 


Ambassadors of Bruges

This tour company offers daily History and Heritage tours on a pay-what-you-like basis. Ambassadors of Bruges

The tours begin daily at 10:30 am, 11:00 am, and 13:30 (1:30 pm) and each outing lasts approximately 2 hours.


Viva’s Tour

This 2-hour tour covers some of the most historic sites in Bruges as you learn about the city and enjoy incredible views from some of the best viewing locations.

In addition to all the landmarks you’ll discover, this company also provides a free city map and free chocolate, as well as tips on where to find the best restaurants and attractions.

This Bruges centre tour is available daily at 10 am and 13:30 (1:30 pm).


SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS

Self-guided walking tours are perfect for when you prefer to explore the city at your own pace or if you cannot find the right option for your schedule.


Bel Around the World

This blogger took a day trip to Bruges and wrote a self-guided itinerary. If you take your time at each stop, they suggest you set aside half a day to see all the sights.

It guides you over the city’s canals, past the beautiful church and market, the 13th-century belfry, and other great spots.


One Day Itinerary: Self-Guided Walking Tour

The Portable Wife frequently travels and has written a one-day walk around the UNESCO city.

The written guide lists culture tips as well as suggestions on which order to visit different attractions to avoid crowds. The guide includes an interactive map. 

 


FREE NIGHT TOURS/DARK SIDE OF BRUGES

Whether you’re interested in learning about the more disturbing side of history in this city or you just want to see Bruges after dark, there is at least one free walking tour you can take at night.

 

Bruges Night Tour

 

While on a night tour, you’ll hear both legends and true stories detailing the sometimes creepy, and potentially even haunted history behind this city.

During this tour you can expect to see the following locations:

  • Old Bursary
  • Market Square
  • Jerusalem Church
  • Golden Hand Canal
  • Jan van Eyck Square
  • Oldest Bar in Belgium
  • Ghost House of Bruges
  • And more!

If these sites sound interesting and you want to find out why they are included, consider taking the following tour.


Legends of Bruges

In addition to their tour of the city centre, this company also has a Bruges by Night tour which includes a variety of myths, ghost stories, and even disturbing but accurate historical tales about the city.

This tour is pay-what-you-wish, but considering the fact that you can actually get a free beer at the end of it, you might want to consider giving them a pretty good tip!

Their free night tour is held daily at 18:00 (6 pm) and 20:00 (8 pm), and it lasts for approximately 1 ½ hours.

Book this tour or learn more.

 


FREE FOOD TOUR BRUGES

Although most pay-what-you-want tours of the city centre include tips about where to find the best food (and sometimes even free samples), there is also at least one free food tour you can take in Bruges.

 

Free Food Tour Bruges

 

This tour will include a variety of tasty samples to help you discover some of the best treats in the city.

Your tour guide will also provide details to help you understand the history behind each dish and why it is so popular.

Here are just a few of the things you can expect to eat on this tour:

  • Waffles
  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Pralines
  • Fries
  • Beer
  • And more!

If you’re interested in trying out some of the best eats this city has to offer, consider taking one of the following Bruges food tours.


Legends of Bruges

With all the other tours they offer, it probably won’t surprise anyone to discover that this company also provides a free food tour.

As with most of their other services, this is a pay-what-you-wish tour.

There’s a lot of Belgian food included on this outing, and you can expect to visit sites like Market Square, a Waffle House, the Chocolate Museum, the Fries Museum, and more.

This Bruges food tour is available Tuesday – Sunday at 11:30 am. From January – March, the tour is only available on Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 am.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this tour is currently suspended.

 


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