Walplein Square - Bruges


Walplein is a charming and lively paved square. Located close to the Beguine Convent, it is an ideal place to relax. Why not find a shady spot under the trees, then sit back and admire the magnificent work of art that takes pride of place in the centre of the square. The bronze sculpture, created by Jef Claerhout in 1937, depicts the mythological horse Pegasus pulling a typically Bruges-style carriage. Above Pegasus you will see Prometheus in chains, as well as Leda and her lover, Zeus, in the form of a swan. At number 26 on the square, you will find De Halve Maan, the last remaining brewery in Bruges, where they still produce a refreshing beer known called Brugze Zot. It gets its name, which translates as ‘the fool of Bruges’, from the nickname Maximilian of Austria gave to the city’s inhabitants in the 16th century. To give him a warm welcome to their city, the people of Bruges organised a colourful parade of merrymakers and fools. At the end of the day, when they asked him to provide money for a new madhouse he replied: ‘Today I have seen nothing but fools. Bruges is already one large madhouse!’ The name ‘fool of Bruges’ has stuck ever since.


Address : Walplein 8000 Bruges Belgium

Bus : Line 1 or 63, bus stop Garenmarkt

Phone : +32 50 44 87 11

Fax : +32 50 44 87 78

Web : http://www.brugge.be

Email : musea@brugge.be

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