The impressive history of Bruges is reflected in its mediaeval art, architecture and canals. This city breathes history, making it well worth a trip. Visit the famous Belfort, take a boat tour and stroll around the historic city centre. End your day with a bite to eat in a cosy café or one of the fancy Michelin starred restaurants.
The name of the capital of West Flanders derives from the Celtic name of the canalised river Reie (Ryggia) that once flowed through the city. The many canals and old bridges are reminiscent of our own Amsterdam. Between the 12th and the 15th century Bruges was part of the Hanseatic League.
The most relaxed way to see the city is by boat. Take photos of old guildhalls along the Rozenhoedkaai and admire the city from the water. After a boat tour, you can walk to the Markt and take in a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings from the top of Belfort.
Art lovers will more than enjoy Bruges' renowned Groeningemuseum. The art gallery boasts a splendid collection of fine art that includes works by Hans Memling and Gerard David. In the Kantcentrum you will see why Bruges once played an important role in the lace industry.
Bruges is largely pedestrianised, making it easy to explore the city on foot or by bicycle. You can also explore the city by horse and carriage or even look down on it from a hot-air balloon.
Bruges is easy to reach by car from the motorway to Antwerp. The cheapest carparks are the P&Rs outside the city centre. You can catch a bus or even walk to the centre. The city is also easy to reach by public transport. Most of the train connections require you to transfer in Antwerp.
Bruges is the perfect city for a romantic weekend away or a short holiday with the family. Enjoy lovely scenery and Flemish culture.