BrugesBelgium

4.7/5Top Destination

Get away to romantic Bruges! Enjoy the museums, beer and monuments.

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.

Known for

Museums, Beer and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in Bruges

Historical Center Bruges
Bruges Market Square featuring a city, street scenes and château or palace

Historical Center Bruges

Known for Beer, Museums, Chocolate

4.5/5(506 reviews)

Historical Center Bruges is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt) and Bruges Belfry (Belfort).

Sint-Gillis
Sint-Gillis, Bruges, Belgium
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Sint-Gillis

Known for Friendly People, Beer, Historical Buildings

The breweries, historical sites and shopping are just a few things travellers enjoy about Sint-Gillis. If you want to experience more of the area, check out Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt) or Bruges Belfry (Belfort).

Sint-Kruis
Sint-Kruis, Bruges, Belgium
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Sint-Kruis

Known for Castles, Secluded, Gardens

Visitors to Sint-Kruis appreciate its gardens. A visit to Koelewei Mill and St. John's House Mill might round out your trip if you're looking to see more of the area.

Sint-Pieters
Sint-Pieters, Bruges, Belgium
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Sint-Pieters

Known for Family-friendly, Skyscrapers, Romantic

5/5(9 reviews)

Sint-Pieters is well-liked for its coffee shops, and you can visit sights like Bruges City Theater and The English Convent if you have time to explore the area.

Sint-Michiels
Sint-Michiels, Bruges, Belgium
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Sint-Michiels

Known for Friendly People, Budget, Theatres

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Sint-Michiels is noteworthy for its forests, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Boudewijn Seapark and Kinepolis Bruges.

Kristus-Koning
Kristus-Koning, Bruges, Belgium
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Kristus-Koning

Known for Friendly People, Coffee, Walking

Visitors to Kristus-Koning enjoy its coffee shops, and if you want to do some exploring, Ezelpoort is worth a stop.

Top hotels in Bruges

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Martin's Brugge
Martin's Brugge
3.5 out of 5
Oude Burg 5, Bruges
£65
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is steps away from Bruges Belfry (Belfort), Holy Blood Basilica Chapel and Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres. Bruges ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,330 reviews)

"Very clean and excellent location, great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019

Martin's Brugge
Novotel Brugge Centrum
Novotel Brugge Centrum
3 out of 5
Katelijnestraat 65b, Bruges
£69
per night
7 Nov-8 Nov

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Diamond Museum, Church of Our Lady and Minnewater. Groeningemuseum and Bruges Market ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,631 reviews)

"Good location and nice and quiet. Staff were very friendly. Two minor flaws, tea making facilities was available in our room but only a Thin paper cup, difficult to hold hot drinks and the choice of food in the bar was very limited and expensive"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Novotel Brugge Centrum
Academie Hotel
Academie Hotel
4 out of 5
Wijngaardstraat 7-9, Bruges
£68
per night
5 Nov-6 Nov

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Diamond Museum, Minnewater and Church of Our Lady. Groeningemuseum and Bruges Market ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,667 reviews)

"This hotel is in a good location in Brugge within walking distance to main attractions. We only stayed one night but liked very much the location and the room size."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2019

Academie Hotel

Popular things to do in Bruges

Bruges Market Square
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Bruges Market Square

4.5/5(299 reviews)

The historical heart of Bruges is framed by guild buildings and the Provincial Court. Presiding over the square is the imposing Belfort.

Bruges Belfry
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Bruges Belfry

4.5/5(207 reviews)

Bruges' multi-aged bell tower dominates the skyline and is the city's most recognizable feature. Views from the top are stunning.

Minnewater
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Minnewater

4.5/5(102 reviews)

The “lake of love” is a gorgeous spot for a scenic stroll or waterside picnic, a relaxing haven from the busy streets of Bruges' historical center.

Groeningemuseum
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Groeningemuseum

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Six centuries of Belgian and Flemish art are displayed in one of the country's foremost galleries.

Begijnhof
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Begijnhof

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Step from the busy market square into a tranquil, centuries-old commune inhabited by nuns blessed with the singing voices of angels.

Burg
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Burg

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Burg in Bruges. Discover the area's shops or seek out its local tours.

Top activities in Bruges

Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam
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Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam

£77

Discover Bruges, an immaculately preserved medieval old town, just over the border into Belgium. Team up with an experienced guide to hear stories about this picture-perfect town while you explore charming streets, quaint canals, and exquisite shops selling everything from monk-brewed beer to handmade chocolates.

Full-Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels
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Full-Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels

£34

Discover the undeniable charm of one of Europe's best preserved medieval cities—Bruges—on a comprehensive walking tour. From large town squares and meandering canals to pretty streets and striking architecture, take in the enchanting atmosphere of this illustrious city.

Bruges Full-Day Trip
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Bruges Full-Day Trip

£146

Cross the border into Belgium to explore the picture-perfect Gothic city of Bruges. The unique cobblestone streets and beautiful canals have given it the nickname “Venice of the North.” It's a fascinating blend of medieval architecture and modern European culture.

All Day Bruges from Paris
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All Day Bruges from Paris

£103

Head into the Low Countries for a day spent exploring the canals and historic sights of Bruges. With insight into the sights from an audio guide and the freedom to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your leisure, this trip gives you a great look at the peaceful charm of West Holland.

Historium Bruges Explorer Ticket
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Historium Bruges Explorer Ticket

£12

Travel back in time to the Middle Ages! The Historium – Bruges’ most visited attraction – lets you step back in time. See how lively Bruges was during the Golden Age in various ways.

Mummies in Bruges: Secrets of Ancient Egypt Exhibition Entrance Ticket
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Mummies in Bruges: Secrets of Ancient Egypt Exhibition Entrance Ticket

£12

Visit: Site Oud Sint-Jan, Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000 Belgium 3 halls, 3 themes The exhibition is presented in 3 halls, each dedicated to a different theme. Life in Ancient Egypt In Hall 1 you will travel 5000 years back in time to the life of the ancient Egyptians.

Reviews of Bruges

4.7

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

22 Oct 2019

Beautiful town. Amazing architecture. Very quaint perfect for a weekend break.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

20 Oct 2019

Beautiful place to spend a couple of days

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

16 Oct 2019

Bruges is a cpmact city with lots if interesting buildings. We enjoyed the canal trip. You must try a hot chocolate while you are there. Beer tasting is also fun.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

15 Oct 2019

Try Sint Jakobs bar.Tom the owner is brilliant and it's Belgian/Brugge authentic. Full of locals that caters for the locals - but don't let that put you off.Tom and everyone in there makes you feel at home.Guarantee you'll go back again and again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

13 Oct 2019

Great medieval town with Lace, Chocolate and beer! Canals to enjoy or take a horse & trap ride. Museums to peruse and inspire. Just a lovely place.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

12 Oct 2019

Very pretty. Easily walkable. Lots of character.

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