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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.
Bruges has a cool climate with a considerable amount of rain throughout the year.
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.
If fairytale scenery, a relaxing canal boat ride and beer tasting in the afternoon sounds like your idea of a good time, you'll love a city break in Bruges. From admiring the city’s medieval buildings to a cheeky stop off at the chocolatiers, there are plenty of things to do in Bruges.
Visiting the city centre tops the list of things to do in Bruges. This historic square treats you to fascinating medieval architecture and romantic cobblestone streets bustling with cafés, chocolatiers and horse-drawn carriages. Move on to Bruges Markt or Burg Square for more dreamy scenery and dozens of gift shops and restaurants.
Begin your city break in Bruges with a simple walking tour of the area. From the medieval buildings around Markt and Burg, to the 18th-century windmills, there are plenty of things to explore in this enchanting city. End your day with a glass of Poperings Hommel Bier at one of the cosy cafes around the city centre.
No trip to Bruges is complete without indulging in some serious chocolate tasting. Head to Katelijnestraat in the city centre for the best line-up of chocolatiers. Make sure you’re purchasing genuine handmade Belgian chocolates that are not made anywhere else. And don’t forget to save a box to take home.
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.
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.
Visa and health: Before your holiday to Bruges visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belgium for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Temperature: 4-17 (°C)
There’s always a chance of rain in Bruges, but that doesn't mean you can’t 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 make up for the occasional showers. While winter’s cool, crisp climate offers the perfect conditions for cosying up in the cafes.
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.
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.
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