Canal Boat Ride

See Bruges from a whole new perspective as you tour the city’s waterways on a canal boat ride. Hop aboard your open-air boat and get ready to see the city from the water, giving you amazing views of landmarks that you simply can’t get from anywhere else.

To find a canal boat tour, go to one of four quays in the city, Huidenvettersplein, Nieuwstraat, Wollestraat or Rozenhoedkaai. Each boat holds around 20 people, with tours lasting half an hour. The tours leave regularly but there are often long queues, so arrive early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid a wait.

As you make your way down the canal, your guide will tell you all about the history of the city’s waterways, pointing out the sights that you pass along the way. Bruges’ canals are scenic and beautiful, so don’t forget your camera to take plenty of photographs as you cruise along the water. If you’re visiting Bruges as a family, a canal boat ride’s a great way to rest tired little legs on a peaceful yet exciting trip.

After your canal boat ride, spend some time exploring Rozenhoedkaai, one of the most photographed areas of Bruges with its beautiful medieval buildings surrounding the waterways. Enjoy a Belgian Beer in the sunshine, or climb the Belfry nearby for amazing views across the city, looking down on the canals that you’ve just explored by boat.