On our Bruges tour from a Jewish perspective, we will visit a fascinating city.
The history of Bruges, the biggest city in West Flanders, reaches back to Roman times, but its golden age occurred in the Middle Ages. The Jewish community in Bruges appeared in the 15th century, although today Jewish life in the city is absent. On this tour, you will learn about remarkable episodes from the Jewish past of Bruges, along with enjoying the main historical and architectural tourist attractions of the city: Juan Luis Vives, who died in Bruges in 1540, a descendant of a Sephardic Jewish family that converted to Christianity, Vives was a Renaissance scholar and philosopher, whose works became important origins for contemporary psychology. You will also get a glimpse into the history of Bruges during WWII and the destiny of its Jews in the Holocaust.
The general part of the tour includes such sites as Grotte Markt (Market Square), Burg Square, and Huidenvettersplein in the Old Town; the medieval building of the Sint-Jaan Hospital, today a gallery and museum, which is located on one of Bruges’ picturesque channels; and the gothic Our Lady of Bruges church. You will also see De Halve Maan brewery, which has been famous for its beer since the 16th century, and the architectural complex of the Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaerde, which serves as a convent today. You can also take a relaxing walk in the Minnewater Park, the most romantic and tranquil place in the city, where the so-called Lake of Love is situated.