Bruges

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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

Martin's Brugge
Martin's Brugge
3.5 out of 5
Oude Burg 5, Bruges
The price is £66 per night from 20 Dec to 20 Dec
Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is steps away from Bruges Belfry (Belfort), Holy Blood Basilica Chapel and Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres. Bruges ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (968 reviews)
"Close to the main square and easy to walking around the city"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2021

Martin's Brugge
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
4 out of 5
Hoogstraat 6, Bruges
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £112 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palace of the Liberty of Bruges and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (965 reviews)
"Everything.."

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2021

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Academie Hotel
Academie Hotel
4 out of 5
Wijngaardstraat 7-9, Bruges
The price is £66 per night from 16 Dec to 16 Dec
Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Diamond Museum and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). Minnewater is 0.2 mi (0.3 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (977 reviews)
"Todo el hotel súper bonito y el servicio espectacular!! El personal súper amable y nos ayudaron muchísimo!!"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2021

Academie 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.
Holiday Suites Zeebrugge
Holiday Suites Zeebrugge
3.5 out of 5
Kustlaan 99, Zeebrugge, Bruges
The price is £77 per night from 4 Dec to 4 Dec
Situated in Bruges, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Knokke-Heist Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Zeebrugge Harbour. Museum Sincfala and Sea Life ...
3.9/5 Good! (64 reviews)
Good
"Good comfortable stay with all you need for a fair price!"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2021

Holiday Suites Zeebrugge
Residence Breydelhof
Residence Breydelhof
Jozef Suveestraat 2, Bruges
Located in Historical Center Bruges, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fish Market and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). Minnewater is 0.7 mi (1.1 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (38 reviews)
"Very unique but great venue. Great location too. Clean, fun, and well equipped. Would stay there again in a heartbeat."

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2019

Residence Breydelhof
The wonders of Bruges on your doorstep, in a peaceful and charming location!
The wonders of Bruges on your doorstep, in a peaceful and charming location!
9 Poitevinstraat, Bruges, Flemish Region
Located in Historical Center Bruges, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St. James's Church and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). Minnewater ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
authentic Brugge
"This is a fine property in a dream location, a tiny row house a family lived in hundreds of years ago, conveniently modernized inside. It's close to but outside the tourist area, on a residential street that is quiet, safe, and close to shops on Ezal Straat. The landlady is friendly and helpful, ..."

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2021

The wonders of Bruges on your doorstep, in a peaceful and charming location!
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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