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Planning a short break to Bruges? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Bruges. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Bruges. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Groeninge Museum

Dijver 12. This museum is one of the top traditional museums of fine arts in Belgium, and has an excellent collection of 15th to 20th century painting from the Low Countries.

The top attractions of the museum include the famous collection of Flemish Primitive art; works by Renaissance and Baroque masters; 18th and 19th century Neo-classical and Realist period paintings; milestones of Symbolism and Modernism; masterpieces of Flemish Expressionism; as well as a rotating selection from Bruges’s collection of post-war modern art.

Admission is $9.70 for individuals; $6.70p.p for groups of minimum 15 persons, young people aged 13 to 26, seniors and children under 13 are free. An audioguide is included in the admission charge, and the museum is full accessible by disabled people.

Church of our Lady

Located at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerkhof Zuid. The church was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, and its 120m high spire can be seen from all around Bruges. One of the main attractions of the church is Michelangelo's Carrara marble sculpture of the Madonna and Child. It was made in 1504 and was the only one of Michelangelo's works that left Italy during his lifetime. The sculpture was bought by Jan van Mouskroen, a Bruges merchant, and donated to the church in 1506. ther attractions in the church include a painting of the Crucifixion by Anthony van Dyck; and the bronze tomb sculptures of the Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, who died in 1477, and his daughter, Mary of Burgundy, who died in 1482.

Admission to the church and the Madona sculpture is free. Admission to the chapel of Charles and Mary and the Museum is $3 for adults, and $1.80 for children.

Hotel Aragon

22 Naaldenstraat. This 4 star hotel is one of the top hotels in Bruges and is located in the historical centre of Bruges. The hotel was rennovated and re-opend in 1998, and as soon as you enter the cosy and welcoming lobby, you feel a sense of well being and comfort. The hotel has 42 rooms all decorated with style and charm, with a range of facilities including air conditioning; colour TV; minibar; free safe; telephone with ISDN lines + analogue fax/modem lines; and en-suite bathroom.

For more information on special packages and promotions visit: www.aragon.be/

Boudewijn Theme Park and Dolfinarium

Located in the southern suburbs, at De Baeckestraat 12. This is one of the most popular places for children of all ages, with many attractions on offer, including rides; paddleboats; dolphins; and killer whales. There are many things to see and do, offering fun for the whole family.

The theme park is open from May to August every day from 10h30 to 17h00, as well as during Easter week and on weekends in September from 11h00 to 17h00. Admission is $19.40 for adults and children taller than 100cm; and $17 for seniors and children under 100cm.

For more inforation visit: www.boudewijnpark.be/

Bruges Diamond House

Cordoeaniersstraat 5. The Bruges Diamond House is situated in the restored 1518 De Steur building, close to the Market Place in the centre of Bruges. The 15th century Bruges goldsmith Lodewijk van Berquen is attributed with starting the technique of diamond polishing. The Diamond House offers a wide selection of and quality diamond jewelry in classical and modern designs. This is one of the must see activities when in Bruges, whether you want to buy some diamonds or not. The Diamond House is open Monday to Friday from 10h00 - 12h00 and 13h00 - 17h00, Saturday from 10h00 - 15h00.

Canal Boat Trips

Georges Stael, Katelijnestraat 4. Taking a boat trip along the canals in Bruges is one of the most popular tourist activities in Bruges. A guide takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the age-old houses and picturesque bridges along the canals of Bruges. Boats depart from the Georges Stael landing stage every 30 minutes, daily from 10h00 to 17h30. Trips cost $6.30 for adults and $3.15 for children 4 - 11.

't Pandreitje

Pandreitje 6, just off of the Rozenhoedkaai in view of the medieval Market Hall's bell tower. This is one of the best restaurants in Bruges, on one of the most beautiful canalsides in Bruges. The restaurant is housed in a Renaissance-era home, which has been turned into an elegant Louis XVI setting. They serve a wide range of excellent Belgian and French dishes, some of the best dishes include sea bass served with fennel, parsley sauce and sauteed potatoes; and salad of Dublin Bay prawns with artichoke and a truffle vinaigrette. It is recommended that you make reservations as the restaurant is very popular and tends to get booked up quickly. The prices are a little higher than average, but the unforgettable dining experience is well worth the extra money.

Antiques and Flea Market

Located on the Dijver. This market, set on a sceneic location next to the canal, is one of the best places to go and do some shopping. There are many stalls found at the market, which sell a wide range of goods; from antiques to localy crafted items; and of course Belgian chocolate and Belgian beer. Browsing through the stalls at the market is an activity not to be missed out on when in Bruges, whether you want to buy something or not. The market runs from March to October, every Saturday and Sunday from 12h00 - 17h00.

Lace Centre

Peperstraat 3A, take bus 6 or 16 to Langestraat. The Lace Centre is a combination of a workshop; a museum; and a salesroom. This is where the ancient art of lacemaking is passed on from one generation to the next. Here you'll get to see the young artisans who will be making most of the items for sale in the lace shops in the future.

The most famous laces to look for are bloemenwerk, rozenkant, and toversesteek. Admission is $1.80 for adults and $1.20 for children. Your entrance ticket is also valid for the Jarusalem Church, which is next door.

Old Timer Motorcycle Museum

Dudzeelse steenweg 27-29. This museum is a great place to visit to see all the diferent kinds of motorcycles from the past to the present, and is not just for motorcycle buffs.

The museum houses over 80 motorcycles; mopeds and scooters. Some of the most popular exhibits include the Praga 500cc Ohv; Trike Poirier French, Fn M13 250 Ohv; Mi-Val Italian Racer 125cc; and a Rabeneick a German 250cc.

This is a fun place for the whole family to enjoy.

The museum is open from Monday to Friday 14h00 - 21h00, and Saturday and Sunday 09h00 - 21h00.

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