BrugesBelgium

Image for Bruges showing a river or creek, street scenes and a house

Visitors from all over the world come to this Belgian city to see its winding canals, admire its medieval architecture and taste its famous exports: beer and chocolate.

Bruges is full of history that’s evident just about everywhere you look. Sit in medieval squares, walk along canals, admire guild houses and climb bell towers. You’ll soon understand why this Belgian city is a World Heritage Site and the most popular destination in Belgium. Architecture and history are only a fraction of what the city has to offer. Indulge in culinary delights, famous beer and fine chocolates. While the best way to explore this compact city is on foot, you can also ride beside the Minnewater lake on a horse-drawn carriage or relax on a boat tour on the Canals of Bruges.

A walking tour of the city is best begun at the central Grote Markt, a pedestrianised square surrounded by historic architecture, located in the heart of Bruges. Explore the Heilige Bloed Basiliek (Basilica of the Holy Blood), Old St. John's Hospital, St. Salvator's Cathedral and the many charming bridges that cross the canals. Climb the Belfort for the most impressive views of the city. Admire Flemish art at the Groeningemuseum and learn about religious history at the Begijnhof, a 13th-century nunnery.

A visit to Bruges would not be complete without sampling some of the city's renowned beers. Try a glass of classic brown ale with moules frites (mussels and fries). If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to visit Choco-Story, The Chocolate Museum to learn about the history of Belgian chocolate and to sample this famed export.

Bruges is a year-round destination. Summer is the busiest time to visit when the city celebrates the warmer weather with weekend festivals. Dance to rock and reggae music during the Cactus Festival in July or listen to early music being played on classical instruments at the MAFestival in August.

In the cooler months, Bruges is a captivating sight, with a covering of snow on the centuries-old buildings. Seasonal attractions such as the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival and the Bruges Christmas Market, both held from November to December, conjure fairy-tale images of a past time.

Top hotels in Bruges

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Martin's Brugge
Martin's Brugge
3.5 out of 5
Oude Burg 5, Bruges
NZ$121
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is steps away from Bruges Belfry (Belfort), Holy Blood Basilica Chapel and Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres. Bruges ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,431 reviews)

"Great location. Very convenient. Staff quite helpful"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2020

Martin's Brugge
ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station
ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station
1 out of 5
Marie Popelinplantsoen 4, Bruges
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$76
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Begijnhof and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). Minnewater and Beguinage are ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,731 reviews)

"I’ve stayed here many times before, convenient for station, clean simple hotel with good staff."…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb. 2020

ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
4 out of 5
Hoogstraat 6, Bruges
NZ$195
per night
Mar 23 - Mar 24

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palace of the Liberty of Bruges and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,005 reviews)

"Nothing was too much trouble and everyone was very friendly.The hotel is in a fantastic location and the steam rooms were a lovely added bonus.Breakfast was lovely too with a wide choice of food."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2020

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges

Popular activities in Bruges

Bruges Market Square
Image for Bruges Market Square

Bruges Market Square

4.5/5(37 reviews)

This square has been a central part of Bruges for centuries, surrounded by attractions such as medieval guild buildings, the Provincial Court and the iconic Belfort.

Bruges Belfry
Image for Bruges Belfry

Bruges Belfry

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Views from the top of this bell tower are the most impressive in the city. This remarkable building is Bruges’ most recognisable landmark.

Minnewater
Image for Minnewater

Minnewater

4/5(7 reviews)

Unwind from a day of sightseeing on the bustling streets of Bruges and head to the "lake of love" for a picnic on the banks or a scenic stroll along the waterfront.

Top activities in Bruges

Full-Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels
Image for Full-Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels

Full-Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels

82% of travellers recommend
NZ$68
Per adult
Bruges Full-Day Trip
Image for Bruges Full-Day Trip

Bruges Full-Day Trip

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$288
Per adult
All Day Bruges from Paris
Image for All Day Bruges from Paris

All Day Bruges from Paris

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$186
Per adult
Private Belgian Food Tour with 10 Tastings in Bruges
Image for Private Belgian Food Tour with 10 Tastings in Bruges

Private Belgian Food Tour with 10 Tastings in Bruges

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$61
Per adult
Architectural Tour of Bruges
Image for Architectural Tour of Bruges

Architectural Tour of Bruges

NZ$53
Per adult
Excursion to Bruges in Spanish
Image for Excursion to Bruges in Spanish

Excursion to Bruges in Spanish

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$99
Per adult

Reviews of Bruges

4.9

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
39
5 - Excellent 92.85714285714286%
4 - Good
3
4 - Good 7.142857142857143%
3 - Okay
0
3 - Okay 0%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 31, 2019

Close to the most beautiful city in Europe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 15, 2019

Loved it !!

5/5 - Excellent

James

Sep 8, 2019

Great atmosphere in this old city. Only spent a few days but enjoyed the city. Lived walking the old streets and through the parks. Just off season so crowds were smaller. Canal tour was a highlight.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 4, 2019

We loved Bruges. Spectacular buildings everywhere you looked. Easy to get around.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 1, 2019

Magical place we would recommend to all

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 6, 2019

If you’re there for a few days, and you enjoy art/history, it’s really worth buying the 3-day museum pass. The museums are mostly small, so easy to manage a few in a day, and the pass includes the city hall, the bell tower etc.

Other places like Bruges

Antwerp
Image for Antwerp
Antwerp
Brussels
Image for Brussels
Brussels
Geneva
Image for Geneva
Geneva
Dresden
Image for Dresden
Dresden