Embark and make a wonderful sea trip with the MS Franlis III from the port of Ostend! Enjoy the sun, the wind, the water...
While you enjoy the fresh sea breeze you will admire the Belgian Coast from another point of view. The trip takes you offshore to the Buitenstroombank buoy, makes a bow to the coast to sail back – close to the beach - to the port of Ostend. You will pass big ferries, sailing boats, motorboats with fishermen in action with flying seagulls but also the beach and the dunes. The excursion (45 minutes) gives a complete particular view on the port and the city.
Embark and visit an international port in action!
Anchorage cargo giants, ferries, cruise ships, fishing boats, tugboats, yachts ... in just a few steps from each other. Full action! Along the way we meet the Belgian Navy base, the gas and wind turbines on the dam. The stern island (with its thousands of birds) and one of the largest locks in the world you get on the way (75 min)! An audiovisual guidance system on board gives you after a whole different view of a world port. A boat trip not soon to forget ...
As well as displays on the life and works of the famous Flemish poet, the birthplace of Guido Gezelle (1830 - 1899) also hosts temporary exhibitions about literature. The house also has a romantic garden and organic kitchen garden, where visitors can see Jan Fabre's piece 'The Man who gives Fire'. This was originally the country house of a rich merchant, where Gezelle's father worked as a gardener and his family had simple accommodation. The house dates from the 16th century and the surrounding estate initially extended as far as the residential area of Gezellewarande. The house was recently carefully restored and looks once again as it did during Gezelle's youth. The garden is a true oasis of peace.
Windmills have graced Bruges' ramparts ever since the construction of the outer city walls at the end of the 13th century. Today four specimens are left on Kruisvest. Sint-Janshuis Mill (1770) is still on its original spot and still grinding grain just like its neighbour Koelewei Mill. The Sint-Janshuismolen is the only mill you can visit.
The Volkskundemuseum is housed in eight 17th century almshouses, with a modern extension. Here you can see a classroom, cobblers, milliners, and cooper's workshops, a tailor's, a pharmacy, a patisserie, an inn, a Flemish living room, a bedroom, and traditional textiles. Each room contains a wealth of antique objects and authentic decors. On the top floor, you an enjoy our lace section. Next to the museum's tavern 'De Zwarte Kat' (The Black Cat), puppets, items of decor, props, posters, programmes and photographs are used to tell the story of the time-honoured Bruges puppet show 'Den Uyl'. With some luck you will meet Aristide, the living black cat and mascot of the museum.
The museum draws archaeology out of its purely scientific context with a mixture of archaeological findings, replicas, and reconstructions, demonstrating that archaeology is really the study of people and their environment through the ages. The museum also covers aspects such as landscapes and environment and how people dealt with them, how they lived, buried their dead, or produced food. Following a planned route, you can wander from prehistory through to the late Middle Ages, while fun tasks give even the youngest of visitors an insight into the archaeological process.
The 115 metres high brick tower of the Church of Our Lady is a perfect illustration of the craftsmanship of Bruges' artisans. The church displays a valuable art collection: Michelangelo's world-famous Madonna and Child, numerous paintings, 13th-century painted sepulchres and the tombs of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the Bold. Due to restauration works, some parts of the church are temporarily closed to the public. Therefore you can benefit from a rate reduction.
Visitors to the museum will discover how the city and her ramparts slowly grew and how important city gates were for the medieval Bruges during wartime. You can imagine yourself as a watchman on the first line of defence and try shooting a crossbow using a modern Wii® applications. City gates were also very important during peacetime, because they were the only entrances to the city. Quality control checks on goods were performed at city gates, and taxes on imports and exports were collected. The beautiful roof terrace offers the visitor a fresh, unique view over the city centre and the suburb of Assebroek.