Groeningemuseum – Start with a potted history of Belgian art, with an outstanding collection of Flemish Primitive and Renaissance works. There are intriguing early images of the city as well as an eye-popping Bosch. Other works include Jan Van Eyck’s The Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele (1436.
Memlingmuseum – Six glowing masterpieces by 15th-century artist Hans Mem ling are exhibited in this restored chapel of a 12th-century hospital building, including the enchanting Reliquary of St Ursula. Your ticket also covers a visit to the St Janshospitaal, with various historical medical instruments and paintings, plus a 17th-century pharmacy.
Begijnhof – Wander to the 13th-century begijnhof, where residents of the pretty, whitewashed garden complex include a convent of nuns. Just inside the entrance, ‘t Begijnhuisje is a charming 17th-century house converted into a domestic museum. Stroll down a tranquil backstreet to De Stoepa for bistro-style food.