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BrugesBelgium

Visit this World Heritage city for its mediaeval art, religious heritage, romantic city centre and historic lace tradition.

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.

Where to stay in Bruges

Top hotels in Bruges

Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
5 out of 5
Prinsenhof 8, Bruges
The price is £133 per night from 17 Dec to 18 Dec

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chocolate Line and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). St. James's Church ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (988 reviews)
Ticks most, but not all, boxes

"Good location. Very friendly staff. Room not as good as expected but adequate. Garden lovely."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
Hotel Van der Valk Brugge-Oostkamp
Hotel Van der Valk Brugge-Oostkamp
4 out of 5
Kapellestraat 146, Oostkamp
The price is £70 per night from 3 Dec to 4 Dec

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is 3 mi (4.7 km) from Loppem Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)

"Nice hotel in a convenient location (with car). There were some services lacking due to COVID-19, which is understandable, however it was not communicated when booking, such as lack of housekeeping and pool and spa facilities. These types of services were available at other hotels, by ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2020

Hotel Van der Valk Brugge-Oostkamp
Aragon Hotel
Aragon Hotel
4 out of 5
Naaldenstraat 22, Bruges
The price is £89 per night from 16 Dec to 17 Dec

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bladelin Court and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). St. James's Church ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (730 reviews)
Lovely comfortable hotel

"Great location (big carpark next door). Comfortable rooms and lovely service. Breakfast staff were very helpful. Would be happy to return."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

Aragon Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Bruges

Serena Waterbed Seaview
Serena Waterbed Seaview
3 out of 5
Zeedijk 197, Blankenberge

Offering direct access to the beach, this Blankenberge apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Belgium Pier and Sea Life Blankenberge. Goolfy Blacklight ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Très bon séjour

"Un week end très agréable dans un logement de qualité"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

Serena Waterbed Seaview
Holiday Suites Blankenberge
Holiday Suites Blankenberge
3 out of 5
Zeedijk 96, Blankenberge
The price is £159 per night from 22 Dec to 23 Dec

Located in Blankenberge, this beachfront apartment building is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Goolfy Blacklight Minigolf and Sea Life Blankenberge. ...

3.5/5Good! (49 reviews)

"The apartment was freshly renovated and everything was new. There was enough space to move around. This was an ocean view apartment so we paid a little more but worth it. The location is ideal, in the middle of everything."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2020

Holiday Suites Blankenberge
Villa Bijenhof
Villa Bijenhof
3 out of 5
Gistelsteenweg 59, Jabbeke

Situated in Jabbeke, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Jan Breydel Stadium, Castle Tudor and Tillegembos. The Magic Planet and Magdalena Concert Hall (MaZ) ...

Villa Bijenhof
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bruges

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4/5 - Good

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9 Mar 2020

A lovely little town. Not cheap and full of tourists.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Even in March there are a lot of tourists

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

Lots of lovely restaurants , lots to see

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Feb 2020

Brugge is a wonderful town with many interesting things to see. The newly renovated Gruuthusemuseum is fabulous.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

This was my 10th visit to Bruges

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Love Bruges, acity I revisit every year

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