Belgium may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

BrugesBelgium

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
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
4 out of 5
Hoogstraat 6, Bruges
The price is NZ$182 per night from 25 Sep. to 26 Sep.

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! (973 reviews)

"Charming hotel in a perfect location. Staff were welcoming and attentive. Our canal view room was very equipped, spacious and very clean. We would recommend this hotel to everyone."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2020

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Aragon Hotel
Aragon Hotel
4 out of 5
Naaldenstraat 22, Bruges
The price is NZ$163 per night from 25 Sep. to 26 Sep.

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bladelin Court and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). St. James's Church ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (721 reviews)
Great short stay

"This was our second stay at the hotel. It's location is great,about 5 minutes from Markt. Our room was clean and comfortable. The staff are all excellent. Very friendly and efficient. We'll almost certainly visit Bruges again, and stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020

Aragon Hotel
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
5 out of 5
Prinsenhof 8, Bruges
The price is NZ$263 per night from 4 Oct. to 5 Oct.

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chocolate Line and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). St. James's Church ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (979 reviews)

"Well placed for city visits and restaurants and the station"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020

Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges

Popular places to visit 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.

Begijnhof
Image for Begijnhof

Begijnhof

4/5(5 reviews)

Escape the bustle of the central market square and step into the oasis that is this centuries-old nunnery, where you can hear the enchanting songs of evening prayer. 

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.

Top activities in Bruges

Private Bruges 90 minutes Kickstart Tour
Image for Private Bruges 90 minutes Kickstart Tour

Private Bruges 90 minutes Kickstart Tour

NZ$87
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Skip the line: Historium Story Ticket
Image for Skip the line: Historium Story Ticket

Skip the line: Historium Story Ticket

NZ$25
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Private Sightseeing Tour to Bruges from Amsterdam
Image for Private Sightseeing Tour to Bruges from Amsterdam

Private Sightseeing Tour to Bruges from Amsterdam

NZ$1,246
Per adult
Private Bruges Food Tour with 10 Tastings
Image for Private Bruges Food Tour with 10 Tastings

Private Bruges Food Tour with 10 Tastings

NZ$222
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
The Magic of Bruges at Night Private Tour
Image for The Magic of Bruges at Night Private Tour

The Magic of Bruges at Night Private Tour

NZ$126
Per adult
Entrance Ticket to Salvador Dalí Exhibition in Bruges
Image for Entrance Ticket to Salvador Dalí Exhibition in Bruges

Entrance Ticket to Salvador Dalí Exhibition in Bruges

NZ$18
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

31 Oct. 2019

Close to the most beautiful city in Europe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Sep. 2019

Loved it !!

5/5 - Excellent

James

8 Sep. 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

4 Sep. 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Sep. 2019

Magical place we would recommend to all

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Aug. 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