5 charming secret gardens in Bruges
1) Groeningemuseum Garden
The Groeningemuseum garden is a strangely quiet spot in the heart of the old city. It stands on the site of a mediaeval abbey demolished in 1803, leaving just a gate on Eeckhoutstraat and a mysterious Gothic arch in the garden.
2) Rode Nonnen Garden
No one knows about this garden. Renovated and opened to the public in 2018, it lies hidden behind a high brick wall. Once tended by sisters of the Holy Redeemer Convent (known locally as the Red Nuns), it has been turned into a small public park with old trees, a garden chapel and a ruined gazebo. Open from dawn to dusk.
3) Grauwwerkersstraat Gardens
Most private gardens in Bruges are hidden, but you can admire a row of ten waterside gardens along the Grauwwerkersstraat. They belong to houses on Pottenmakersstraat with back gardens that run down to the canal. The owners have planted their modest plots in different formal styles.
4) Hof De Jonghe
A narrow lane leads to a quiet, forgotten park called Hof de Jonghe. Planted with apple trees, it is home to three grazing sheep.
5) The Ruined House
A ruined house in a quiet lane has been taken over by a local guerrilla gardener who lives a few doors away. It had been used as a place to dump rubbish until she turned it into a poetic spot with writing on the wall and a neat herb garden planted in the former front room.
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The 500 Hidden Secrets of Bruges reveals off-the-beaten-track places and interesting details for anyone who's keen to explore Bruges' best-kept secrets.
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