If you set out to design a fairy-tale medieval town it would be hard to improve on central Bruges (Brugge in Dutch). Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches and old whitewashed almshouses. And there’s plenty of it. The only downside is that everyone knows. That means that there’s an almost constant crush of tourists, especially through the summer months. So to really enjoy Bruges stay overnight (day trippers miss the fabulous evening floodlighting) and try to visit midweek (avoiding floods of British weekenders). There’s a special charm in spring when daffodils carpet the tranquil begijnhof or in winter (except Christmas) when you can have the magnificent, if icy, town almost to yourself.
Best places to stay in Bruges
Pocket Bruges & Brussels
Romantic, canal-woven Bruges and buzzing multinational Brussels are both, in their different ways, unmissable. While Brussels dwarfs Bruges in size, both feature boats plying the waterways, serene parks, a web of cycling trails, jumbled market...
Free Bruges & Brussels city map
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Belgium & Luxembourg - Bruges & Western (Chapter)
Belgians love this region for its extensive, if heavily commercialised, sandy beaches. But for foreigners it’s the fabulous medieval city centres, belfries and begijnhoven that really appeal. Bruges and Ghent top the bill. Scars of the Great...
Bruges destination guides
Globetrotting for chocoholics
Love chocolate? Discover how to feel full of beans on this non-stop choc-focused tour of the planet. Flanders, Belgium Belgians love chocolate almost as much as they love beer – which is to say, a lot...
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.
Spirited shopping: 5 great cities for Christmas markets
Picture the glow of Medieval squares illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights. Imagine gingerbread-style stalls where artisans offer traditional crafts that threaten to banish gifts of boring neckties and fruitcakes for eternity...