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  • Christmas spirit in Bruges

    Christmas spirit in Bruges

  • Beautifully illuminated stalls

    Beautifully illuminated stalls

  • Festive atmosphere in Bruges

    Festive atmosphere in Bruges


Christmas Markets » European Christmas Markets » Bruges Christmas Markets

Prices start from £289 per person for a two night stay in 3* Hotel Albert I. Includes rail travel from St Pancras, change in Bruges.

A wide range of other hotels are available. Please see our winter brochure or call Fred.\ for up to date pricing* for Bruges Christmas Markets.

BrugesChristmas in Bruges

The Bruges Christmas markets are popular with tourists from the UK as the nearby city of Brussels is served by the Eurostar and provides many accommodation options making the destination the perfect choice for a winter break.

There can't be many settings more beautiful than medieval Bruges, with its delightful old centre, which was added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List, lined with cobbled streets, historic buildings and horse-drawn-carriages plodding by. An abundance of further attractions such as charming canals and many tempting shops guarantee you a fabulous time.

After a hard day's shopping, indulge in Belgian delights and hearty gastronomic cuisine in one of the many bars and cafes or visit one of the cosy tap rooms, to be found throughout the city. The Christmas markets in Bruges are popular with visitors on breaks to the Brussels Christmas Markets as the city is served by excellent rail links.

Christmas Markets in Bruges

Known as the Venice of the North, Bruges is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. There are few Christmas markets in Bruges more popular with visitors than the winter wonderland in the Old Town and the extravagant market near the Belfry tower.

Don't miss a visit to one of the famous, traditional chocolate stores where you can sample and buy the delicious hand-made Christmas chocolates. A true festive treat for all the family!

Soak up the festive ambience in medieval Bruges with various seasonal highlights such as the ice rink in front of the famous Belfry Tower or a Christmas Hobby and Toy Fair. Several small illuminated Christmas markets are to be found on Market Square and Simon Stevinplein hosting beautiful little stalls displaying their individual yuletide gifts and specialities.

BrugesWinter in Bruges

Fred.\ can tailor-make almost any itenerary to suit your needs and to ensure that you have the perfect holiday. Whether you prefer to fly, travel by train or other means Fred.\ has options available for you. The price stated includes flights from London; however, if you prefer to book your own flights; Fred.\ can organise airport parking, transfers and hotel only packages for you.

Want to visit more than one Christmas market or city centre? Fred.\ can tailor-make your itinerary to suit your needs and find the hotel, which is perfect for you. The majority of our hotels are via DERTOUR, one of the biggest hotel contractors in Europe and offers a wide choice of star ratings and locations.

Nearby markets worth visiting

  • Brussels: 1 hour.
  • Antwerp: 1 hour.

* Valid for the duration of the Christmas Market only. Including flights from London, prices subject to change.

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Our Bruges Hotel Recommendations

Hotel De 'Medici 4*

Why we like it: Its location at the side of one of the most beautiful canals of Bruges. Location: Located within a few minutes' walk of the main market. Features: Restaurant, bar, lift, wellness centre, fitness, garden, parking. Accommodation: 101 air-conditioned rooms with en suite facilities, minibar, hairdryer, TV, telephone, safe. Why not upgrade to Standard Premier Class from Standard Class. Please ask us for details.
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Oud Huis de Peellaert 4*

Why we like it: This hotel is centrally located in a recently renovated mansion, only minutes away from the market, shops and restaurants.There is a wellness centre in the hotel's 16th-century cellars. Location: It is centrally located. Features: Bar, lift, wellness area, private parking. Accommodation: 50 stylish air-conditioned rooms with en suite facilities, minibar, hairdryer, TV, telephone, Wfi-Fi, safe.
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Book now, call 0207 781 1009
Bruges City Card
Free admission to 23 museums, places of interest and attractions in Bruges, 3-day pass valid for bus and tram travel throughout Flanders for an additional €8, free round trip on the canals, discounts on various activities, museums, parking etc. 48hr: €38pp, 72hr: €43pp.
Please purchase your Bruges City Card locally.

Bruges

Capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders

Population

Approx. 117,224

Time Difference

+1hr

Brussels National Airport

The Airport train station is located below the terminal and up to 4 trains an hour connect to Brussels and other parts of Belgium. 106km from the city centre, transfer time about 1hr.

Flight Time from London

1 hour 15 minutes.

Eurostar Railway Station

Brussels-Midi is serviced by two metro lines with connections to other parts of Brussels.

From London to Brussels by Eurostar

Approx. 3hrs 35min

In Bruges shopping fans will find everything their hearts desire. Find the best selection of shops around the shopping street 'Steenstraat'.

Bruges restaurants offer a wide range of possibilities. From Belgian, French to Dutch cuisine, Gourmets will find the real paradise in Bruges.

Restaurant De Bocarme

Newly opened in the centre of Bruges, this restaurant offers French cuisine in a 12 century cellar.

Pro Deo

Small family run bistro which you would need to reserve. Good local food and big portions. Located close to the Court House and a quirky style of decoration.

Brewery De Halve Maan

Visit the city's last working brewery. Their house brew is Brugse Zot, a spirited top-fermented beer made from malt, hops and special yeast. This deliciously refreshing beer can be tasted on the premises.

Vismarkt

Dating back to 1821, Bruges' bustling fish market sells fresh fish every morning from Tuesday to Saturday.

Grote Markt (market place)

Free from traffic, this place belongs to one of the most attractive parts of the town and hosts the famous Belfry Tower as well as the Cloth Hall.

Basilica of the Holy Blood

This wonderful Gothic church hosts a relic - a vial of blood that is said be that of Jesus. Don't forget to go and see the Romanesque chapel underneath.

Onze Lieve Vrouwkerk

Another beautiful church, which features architecture from Romanesque and Gothic periods. The church also hosts the famous 'Madonna with child' sculpture by Michelangelo.

Diamond Museum

This museum illustrates the history of Bruges as the oldest diamond centre in Europe. Today, diamond remains one of Belgium's most important export products. The daily demonstration of diamond cutting is a sparkling affair.

Canal Boat Trips

Often called the 'Venice of the North', a boat trip taking in age-old houses and picturesque bridges will be an enjoyable experience.

Opening times: every day (except in November) from 10am till 5.30 pm
(Departures are every 30 minutes)

Closed from November 16th till half way through March

Subject to change

Nightlife

Bruges has much to offer for all night owls. Find everything from amazing clubs to cosy bars.

Coulissen:   When the night falls, this trendy club enchants its guests with a mix of lounge, techno, house and R&B.

The Republieck:   This dance café invites you to party until the morning hours.