Introducing Western Flanders
The city hit the big screen when the 2008 Sundance Film Festival premiered the action-comedy, In Bruges. Written and directed by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, it stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who play hit men ordered by their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to hide out in Bruges during the pre-Christmas frenzy. The tagline ‘shoot first, sightsee later’ gives you an idea of the plot – made more bizarre by encounters with a string of surreal Felliniesque characters. It’s peppered with hilariously obscene and un-PC invective about the quaintly pretty city which, to their credit, the people of Bruges seem to find as funny as everyone else.
Western Flanders destination guides
Market squares overlook dreamy canals in this centuries-old Belgian jewel.
Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
Discover two of Flanders' special gems on a full day trip to Ghent and Bruges. No visit to Belgium is complete without a visit to these two beautiful cities, just a short drive from Brussels. After a one-hour drive through the scenic Belgium countryside you'll arrive in Ghent. Here you will visit the St.
Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam
Discover Bruges – one of the most captivating cities in Belgium – on this day trip from Amsterdam. After traveling to Bruges by coach, you will receive a brief overview of city sights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, enjoy 6 full hours exploring the churches, canals and lace shops of Bruges on your own. See the Begijnhof, the city gates and the eye-catching windmills.
Sights in Western Flanders
Activities in Western Flanders
Tours in Western Flanders
Restaurants in Western Flanders
Budget hotels & hostels
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Attractive medieval city away from the tourist hordes, funky university town.