Welcome to Bruges
Head to the Belgian canal city for Flemish art and world-class chocolate and you’ll discover much more. The city of Bruges is a Unesco world heritage site and is visited by more than 8 million people a year. No wonder, as Bruges is a relatively small territory you can easily visited all the historic sites very easily. Did you know that Bruges has concentrated more castles than any other country in the world? More than 50 of Flanders’ 470 castles are located in this city and its surroundings. Thanks to its large number of canals and bridges tourists can explore the city of Bruges by sailing along its canals, too.
Known as the Venice of the North, Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe!
It was a justified motive that prompted UNESCO in 2000 to include the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage list. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. The wealth of museums is a striking image of this city’s stirring history.
Bruges is also home to contemporary culture, such as the new Concert Hall, which is one of the most prominent music complexes in Flanders.
The restaurants in Bruges which offer gastronomic cuisine and the exclusive hotels are a true feast for those who enjoy the good things in life.
The Bruges Arabian Horse Event is held at Domein Tillegembos. The renovated Tillegem Castle providing the perfect backdrop for a horse show. The vast castle estate is surrounded by a park in the outskirts of Bruges. Tillegem Castle was inhabited by successive noble families until 1978. The castle is the result of the creative conversion of a medieval moated castle into a 19th-century style building. Architect Jean-Baptiste de Bethune led the rebuilding in the Gothic Revival style in command of Baron Eugène Charles de Penerada, the last owner of the castle. His family lived in the castle until the provincial government of West Flanders purchased the castle in the early 1980s to thoroughly restore it between 1985 and 1987. On the ground floor, the reception area, the Louis Louis XV staircase oak and the meeting rooms in the 18th-century lounges are reminders of past castle glory.
It was after an excellent dinner when Jurgen Lievrouw, Tim De Jonghe, and their wives got talking. “We are all into horses and we had a long conversation about Arabian horse shows,” Jurgen recalls. “Tim mentioned that he was involved in organizing a show jumping event and developed contacts to several helpful people. Out of a sudden, Tim said he was raised in Bruges and maybe that popular city might be the right place for a new Arabian horse show.” It was the moment when Tim and Jurgen became aware alone one person is strong, together they are stronger!
That’s the moment when the Bruges Arabian Horse Event was born in 2010. A show to promote the Arabian horse, of course. The event offers not only a European show but also an international B-show. In addition, for Jurgen and Tim it is important to have a familiar atmosphere so people feel comfortable. There is not only a classy, nicely decorated VIP area but also an area with a playground for the visitors’ kids and much more – fun for everyone!