History of Bruges Accessible Private Walking Tour
This 3 hour accessible private walking tour of Bruges spans ten centuries as you discover the story of the rise, fall, and revival of the “Venice of the North.”
Your experienced tour guide will meet you at your centrally located accessible hotel in Bruges where you will begin your Bruges accessible private tour. You will explore Market Square where you’ll see the Jan Breydel and Pieter De Coninck Statue, and learn how a butcher and a weaver became the heroes of Bruges’ independence. In Burg Square, your guide will bring out a wheelchair ramp at the Palace of the Brugse Vrije. Once inside, your guide will show you an exquisite woodcarving and tell you the fascinating history of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.
Bruges’ City Hall (Stadhuis) is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, built in 1376. Your guide will take you inside and show you to the wheelchair accessible lift up to the Gothic Hall (if it’s not hosting a wedding at the time!), where the walls are covered in a magnificent 19th century mural depicting the city’s important historical events. This experience is lost on many visitors because each painted panel tells a different story, and without a guide you wouldn’t know what they meant!
Just next door, the Basilica of the Holy Blood is home to what is believed by many to be a vial of Jesus’ blood. Enter through the accessible entrance of the Basilica of the Holy Blood and view its wonderful alter. To view the vial of blood, it is necessary to walk upstairs, so this part of the basilica is not accessible for those in wheelchairs.
Next, visit the Church of Our Lady which houses Michelangelo’s Madonna—his only sculpture to leave Italy during his lifetime, and one of the highlights of this tour. Learn how this depiction of Mary and Jesus differs from many others of the time.
Walk/roll down the quaint streets of this enduring medieval city and watch for statues of the Virgin Mary on street corners—your guide will explain her presence there. Finally, make your way down to the wonderfully peaceful Beguinage (Begijnhof), an ancient, walled safe-haven for women in Bruges. In the summer the entire courtyard is filled with flowers, and it is one of the quietest places in the city!
First time visitors to the city, history buffs, and art enthusiasts will love this Bruges accessible private walking tour. It’s the perfect way to get an overview of the city, and returning visitors will also enjoy hearing the story of the city like never before!
The History of Bruges Accessible Private Walking Tour features:
- Convenient accessible tour routes confirmed to be wheelchair accessible (no steps or curbs)
- 3 hour walking/rolling tour
- Lively commentary by an officially-certified, English-speaking tour guide
- Tour guide can push manual wheelchair users (depends on the total weight of the wheelchair plus wheelchair user)
- Memorable sightseeing and great photo opportunities in Bruges!
If you’re visiting Bruges as part of an accessible cruise vacation, we recommend the Best of Bruges Accessible Full Day Cruise Excursion or the Essential Bruges Accessible Half Day Shore Excursion depending on how much time you would like to spend in the city!
- Markt (Market Square)
- Breydel and De Coninck Statue
- Burg Square
- Stadhuis (City Hall)
- Palace of the BrugseVrije
- Basilica of the Holy Blood
- Church of Our Lady
- Michelangelo’s Madonna
- Beguinage (Begijnhof)
- Godshuis (God’s Houses)
The History of Bruges Accessible Private Walking Tour has a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses a step-free route and the guide can push a wheelchair if necessary. It did not receive a higher rating because of mild cobblestones along the route.
The streets of Bruges are fairly flat, but you will encounter minor cobblestones in almost all places like the ones shown below. These are not difficult to navigate most of the time and the city is very easy to get around without a car.
Tour duration: 3 hours
Cost: 210€ for 1-2 people, 250€ for 3-4 people, 280€ for 5-6 people, 330€ for 7-8 people
* €20 off if booked as part of an accessible Bruges travel package.
Days of the week the tour is offered: Every day except Monday
Meet-up time: 10 am or 1 pm
Meet-up place: Accessible hotel lobby in Bruges
Dress code: None
Maximum number of people on tour: 5 wheelchair user plus 15 other people
Entrance tickets: Not included.
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Not included: Entrance tickets, snacks/meals, gratuities, and transportation costs.
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