The ‘Encuentro de Brujas’ takes place on the site ‘Oud Sint-Jan’, located in the heart of Bruges. One of the first hospitals of Europe was already located on this site in the Middle Ages. The medieval Sint John’s Hospital was once one of the largest urban settings for the sick and poor. The nurses who worked there left a lot of stories, objects and works of art. These are still kept in the same place. Furniture, paintings, sculpture and pieces of art are exhibited in the Memling Museum, also on the site, where the visitor can experience a history of 800 years.

In 1976 the hospital was decommissioned. Afterwards, it was restored and since 1989, the site serves as Oud Sint-Jan congress, events and arts center.

On the second floor of this building, you will find our splendid dance hall with a vast wooden dance floor (17 x 34m).

Zaal 2016



Site Oud Sint-Jan is easily accessible and within walking distance of the train station. When you leave the station (side Bruges), cross the street and follow the signs via Oostmeers and Zonnekemeers.  You can either enter the site at the east side (Oostmeers –  where the ‘Meersenhuis’ is situated) of from the south side (Zonnekemeers).




Site Oud Sint-Jan

Entrance Oostmeers or Zonnekemeers