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Bruges
Bruges has become known as the 'Venice of the North'. This splendid medieval city is one of Belgium's crown jewels.
USEFUL INFO
  • Eurostar time from London: 2 hour 10 min
  • Bruxelles-Midi / Brussel-Zuid: 106km from the city centre; transfer time about 56 min
  • Nearest railway station: Bruges Station
  • Currency: Euro

Bruges has become known as the 'Venice of the North'. This splendid medieval city is one of Belgium's crown jewels; in no other European destination do the ghosts of the medieval past feel as real as they do here in this city close to the North Sea. Book your Bruges city break and enjoy the World Heritage rated city centre which portrays the vibrant history of Belgium for all to see.

Fill your stay with visits to medieval buildings such as the Church of Our Lady and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, whilst you wind your way through the quaint streets, stopping at some of the excellent restaurants and cafes whenever you feel it is time to refuel.

At Christmas time, the Bruges Christmas market will not fail to get you in the festive spirit as you wander from stall to stall captivated by hand-crafted souvenirs and smells that you instantly associate with this time of year.

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, diamonds remain 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

Visit the Historium

A one-hour visual, auditory and sensory experience that enables you to step into the city's medieval past and smell, feel, and experience what it was like to live back then. At the end of your visit, you can go to the Grand Beer Cafe and taste 3 local beers of your choice. Prices start at £17pp.

Bruges City Tour

Visit all the main attractions of Bruges on the mini tour bus. The tour takes approximately 50 minutes.

Hire a horse-drawn cart

Enjoy a romantic tour around the ancient city of Bruges in a horse and cart.

Bruges restaurants offer a wide range of possibilities from Belgian, French and Dutch cuisine.

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 has 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's bustling fish market sells fresh fish every morning from Tuesday to Saturday.

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

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.

Overview

Bruges has become known as the 'Venice of the North'. This splendid medieval city is one of Belgium's crown jewels; in no other European destination do the ghosts of the medieval past feel as real as they do here in this city close to the North Sea. Book your Bruges city break and enjoy the World Heritage rated city centre which portrays the vibrant history of Belgium for all to see.

Fill your stay with visits to medieval buildings such as the Church of Our Lady and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, whilst you wind your way through the quaint streets, stopping at some of the excellent restaurants and cafes whenever you feel it is time to refuel.

At Christmas time, the Bruges Christmas market will not fail to get you in the festive spirit as you wander from stall to stall captivated by hand-crafted souvenirs and smells that you instantly associate with this time of year.

Attractions

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, diamonds remain 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

Visit the Historium

A one-hour visual, auditory and sensory experience that enables you to step into the city's medieval past and smell, feel, and experience what it was like to live back then. At the end of your visit, you can go to the Grand Beer Cafe and taste 3 local beers of your choice. Prices start at £17pp.

Bruges City Tour

Visit all the main attractions of Bruges on the mini tour bus. The tour takes approximately 50 minutes.

Hire a horse-drawn cart

Enjoy a romantic tour around the ancient city of Bruges in a horse and cart.

Things to do
Dining

Bruges restaurants offer a wide range of possibilities from Belgian, French and Dutch cuisine.

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 has 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's bustling fish market sells fresh fish every morning from Tuesday to Saturday.

Shopping

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

Hidden Gems
DID YOU KNOW?

The belfry of Bruges, or Belfort, erected in the 12th century CE, has been rebuilt several times due to fires. During the past four centuries, the 83-metre-high belfry lurched to the left by as much as one metre. To reach the top, you’ll have to climb 366 steps.

CITY CARD

Gain free admission to 23 museums, places of interest and attractions in Bruges, plus a free round trip on the canals, discounts on various activities, museums and parking. This 3-day pass is also valid for bus and tram travel throughout Flanders for an additional €6. Prices start at €43pp (48hr pass) or €48pp (72hr pass). Please purchase your Bruges City Card locally.

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