Bruges city breaks

Located in the northwest of Belgium, Bruges is a picture-perfect city of medieval architecture, winding canals and cobblestone lanes. Its cool climate adds a wintry air of romance, while horse-drawn carriages and cosy cafés make it the perfect city break for couples and scenery lovers. Spend your time strolling along the city’s bustling streets, explore its history on a visit to the Burg Square, then round off your day people-watching and sampling the local beer.

Picturesque scenery

Start your sightseeing with a trip to Bruges’ Historic Centre, and gaze up at the attractive architecture and old churches. Spend some time taking photos of the lovely old buildings in the Markt, before setting sail on a canal cruise. If you want to ramp up the romance then take to the water as the sun starts to set and enjoy a memorable meal for two.

Great food

There are lots of great dining opportunities in Bruges, whether you want to eat at a restaurant in an elegant converted mansion or try the city’s street food. If you have a sweet tooth then you’ll love your culinary journey in Bruges. Belgium is renowned for its fabulous chocolate, and there’s some incredible places where you can grab a quick dessert, waffles drenched in sweet treats or a chocolatey hot drink. Or take your time sampling melt in your mouth truffles and pralines at a world class chocolate shop. Take plenty home with you as you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Interesting sights

If you’re religious then a trip to the Basilica of the Holy Blood should be high on your list of things to do. You can see what’s believed to be the blood of Christ in the church, which is on a corner of Burg Square. Explore the rest of the square before spending the evening sipping Belgian beers on a terrace with canal views, as you reflect on a great day in Bruges.

Map of Bruges

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Bruges has a cool climate with a considerable amount of rain throughout the year.

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Brussels Airport (BRU), is approximately 66 miles from central Bruges. Ostend-Bruges International Airport (OST) is approximately 16 miles from the city centre of Bruges.

Bruges is best for...

Couples: Bruges’ quaint cobbled lanes and picturesque canals provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic stroll.

History Hunters: Immerse yourself in Bruges’ rich past with a visit to the historic centre and the Markt.

Scenery Lovers: From medieval buildings and dreamy canals, to cobblestone streets bustling with horse-drawn carriages, Bruges is bursting with poetic scenery.

Fast facts for Bruges

Language: The languages spoken in Bruges are Flemish and English.

Currency: The currency used in Bruges is Euro.

Local time: Bruges is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Brussels Airport (BRU), is approximately 66 miles from central Bruges. Ostend-Bruges International Airport (OST) is approximately 16 miles from the city centre of Bruges.

Flight time from UK: Approx 1 hour.

Tourist information: Further Bruges tourist information can be found at www.brugge.be.

 

Getting around Bruges

By foot: There isn’t a better way to experience all the sights of Bruges than walking around the city. Use the Belfry Tower to help with navigation. 

Hire a bike: Cycling is very safe in Bruges. Hire a bike to explore the outskirts of the city.

By bus: Buses to most of the central locations can be found outside the train station.

By Taxi: Taxi stands are located on the Markt and in front of the train station.

Events in Bruges

Rock ‘n’ Roll: Get your tickets early for Cactus Festival, a monumental rock festival in July which attracts big names to the city.

Ice Show: Don’t miss the cool ice sculptures on display in front of the main railway station, in the lead up to Christmas.

Christmas Market: Pick up some unique Christmas gifts at the bustling Christmas market in December. 

Bruges weather

Temperature: 4-17 °C

There is always a chance of rain in Bruges, but that doesn't mean you can enjoy everything the city has to offer. Visit in the spring for the least chance of rain, or come in the summer, when temperatures climb to the low -20s (°C). Rainfall picks up during the autumn, but highs of 18 (°C) make up for the occasional showers. While winter is cool, crisp climate offers the perfect conditions for cosying up in the cafes.

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