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Verified traveler22 Oct 2019
Beautiful town. Amazing architecture. Very quaint perfect for a weekend break.
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.
Museums, Beer and Historical Buildings
The historical heart of Bruges is framed by guild buildings and the Provincial Court. Presiding over the square is the imposing Belfort.
Bruges' multi-aged bell tower dominates the skyline and is the city's most recognizable feature. Views from the top are stunning.
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.
Six centuries of Belgian and Flemish art are displayed in one of the country's foremost galleries.
Step from the busy market square into a tranquil, centuries-old commune inhabited by nuns blessed with the singing voices of angels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verified traveler12 Oct 2019
Very pretty. Easily walkable. Lots of character.