Bruges is often considered to be one of the most beautiful cities within Europe. So, there’s no wonder as to why it’s a top city break destination. The Belgian city is renowned for its small medieval buildings, winding canals and narrow cobblestone streets. It’s easy enough to call this city charming and even compare it to something out of a fairy-tale. What’s more, Bruges is quick and easy to get to, making it perfect for a short break. There’s an abundance of things to see and do to keep you busy during a Bruges city break. So, check out our Bruges city guide to see what you can get up to in one of Belgium’s most captivating cities.
Where to stay in Bruges
When you make the trip to Bruges, you may be looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful to stay. On the other hand, perhaps you’d like to well and truly treat yourself to more luxurious accommodation. If that’s the case, book a stay at the 5-star Hotel Dukes’ Palace Bruges which will place you right in the centre of all the action. Bruges’ main attractions located in its historic centre will be easily accessible. Also, it is the only hotel in the city to boast five-stars to its name.
On the other hand, the 4-star Hotel De Tuilerieen blends comfort and elegance seamlessly. Its location is simply stunning, overlooking the Dijver canal and the hotel is also only a couple of minutes from the Belfry and Grote Markt. For a cheaper stay, book a spot at the Hotel Ibis Styles Zeebruges. Situated along the port of Zeebruges, enjoy the best of both worlds as you can wander around this coastal village, whilst only being a 20-minute drive away from the centre of Bruges.
What to do in Bruges
Bruges has been crowned a UNESCO World Heritage City, so as you can imagine there is plenty of history and culture to soak up during your visit.
Belfry of Bruges
This iconic bell tower has become a famous medieval treasure in the heart of the city. Learn about the history behind the tower as you make your way inside. 366 steps lead up to the top of the tower where you can admire the amazing views of Bruges. On your way up to the top, take a pit stop at the old treasury where public funds amongst other things were stored during the Middle Ages. In addition, you can also explore the carillonneeur’s chamber.
This serves as Bruges main square, complete with plenty of dining opportunities. With a visit here, you can simply discover the hustle and bustle of the city whilst admiring the many medieval buildings. Or, stop off for lunch as you sample some of the tasty, local cuisine.
Church of Our Lady
Bruges’ iconic church features a typical Gothic style and was built in the 13th-century. Best known for its towering spires and famous statue by Michelangelo.
No visit to Belgium is complete without a taste of typical Belgian chocolate. Choco-Story is in fact, a chocolate museum highlighting the history behind the sweet treat. Plus, demonstrations of chocolate making, tasting opportunities and finally a gift shop are all on offer. So, save all your money for some sugary chocolatey goodness.
Where to eat
When travelling to Bruges, you may not think about the Belgian gastronomy as being a highlight of your trip. But, without a doubt, there are some fantastic dishes you can come across and taste in the city. Fresh seafood is a popular highlight within the city and a trip to De Stove will show off some of these wonderful dishes. From tasty sea bass to shrimp, there’s more than enough to rid yourself of those hunger pangs. On the other hand, step into one of Bruges’ popular pubs like ‘t Brugs Beertje where you can grab a bite to eat as well as sample over 300 types of beer.
Photo credit: estrepublican.fr
Journey time: 3 hours 22 minutes (by train) 1 hour 5 minutes (by plane)
Time difference: GMT +1
Best time to go: April – August and December for the Christmas markets.