The 2008 dark comedy In Bruges didn’t make much of an impact at the box office when it was released, but the film has acquired cult classic status in rapid fashion in the years since. Directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes, the film’s slick direction and fantastic script make the film truly worthy of its newly minted status as a classic.
But the film, which tells the story of two hitmen banished to Bruges to hideaway, also gives viewers a world-class tour of the beautiful Belgium city, compliments of Ken (Gleeson) and his love for sightseeing. In fact, the film has been cited as creating a small boom in tourism for the small city that is one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in all of Europe.
With that in mind, here’s a list of ten amazing locations from In Bruges and a little bit about their histories. Also, it should be noted that this list contains potential spoilers — especially the last two on the list — for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie.
1. Bruges Canals
The first order of business on Ken’s tour of Bruges is a trip down the canals of the medieval city. But Ray (Farrell) doesn’t enjoy it nearly as much as his partner in crime. “Do you think this is good?” he asks Ken. “You know, going round in a boat, looking at stuff?”
These canals are what make Bruges “the Venice of the North,” offering scenic views of the city from an exciting new angle. At just 7.60 euros for adults, a canal tours is a fun, relaxing way to see all that Bruges has to offer.