Creepy Travels – Bruges

Bruges is such a beautiful, fairytale like town that it’s hard to find anything creepy about it! I really struggled with this one, but here is a (small) list of spooky places in Bruges.

The Torture Museum
This is the most ‘obvious’ attraction and initially, the only one I could think of! This small museum is located in the middle of the town and you have to go underground to go in, but overall its an interesting little museum. You can see a lot of exhibits and there is lots of information displayed in multiple languages. I kind of wish it was more specific to Belgium as it was quite generic, but it was still a good way to spend an hour or so. Price is 8 euros for an adult.

Sint-Janshospitaal/St Johns Hospital
This hospital is one of the oldest remaining European hospital buildings, and was built in the 11th century. While it has a long and extensive history as a hospital, you can also view art, medical instruments and archives, as well as rooms such as the medieval wards and a pharmacy. The hospital is closed on Mondays and admission  is 8 euros for an adult.

Ten Wijingaerde/The Beguinage
The Beguinage is a small complex where the Beguines, women who live in a relgious community without taking vows, used to live. It now functions as a convent for Bendictine sisters. There is also a little museum of a historical Beguine house from the 17th century on the complex. The reason I have included the Beguinage on this list is that even though it is a beautiful place, I did feel a particular peaceful eerieness to it, perhaps as the whole place is so quiet and due to its history of women, some widowed or left behind due to war, being hidden to the world.

Admission to the Beguinage is free and admission to the Beguine house museum is 2 euros per person.

This is all I could come up with! Bruges is so lovely that, even if it doesn’t satisfy your creepy needs, I would highly recommend you visit. Who knows, you may be able to find more spooky spots than I was able to!


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