Housed in an intricate balcony-and-tower–adorned Gothic Revivalist building next to the Provinciaal Hof, the Historium is located above the tourist information office and explains all the twists and turns of the city’s turbulent history in an approachable and entertaining manner. It’s a romp through 15th-century Bruges with a series of interactive experiences using film, music, holograms, sounds, and even smells (multilingual headphones are available). Afterwards catch your breath at the Duvelorium Grand Beer Café—which has incomparable views over Markt—in the same building.