Overview Bruges

Visiting Bruges

Sometimes called the "Venice of the North" for its vast network of canals, Bruges' beautiful medieval architecture, fascinating history and world-famous chocolate have made it a popular destination for history buffs, architecture mavens and foodies alike. Bruges' golden age lasted from the 12th to the 15th centuries, when its shipping port made it one of the chief commercial cities in the world. While the golden age is long over, we can still enjoy its architectural fruits to this day. Highlights like the 13th century Belfry on the Grote Markt are perennial attractions, as is the massive grand tower at the Church of Our Lady. Other must-sees include the 12th century Basilica of the Holy Blood and Burg Square. Despite its idyllic environs, Bruges and the surrounding areas of Flanders were home to some... Read More Sometimes called the "Venice of the North" for its vast network of canals, Bruges' beautiful medieval architecture, fascinating history and world-famous chocolate have made it a popular destination for history buffs, architecture mavens and foodies alike. Bruges' golden age lasted from the 12th to the 15th centuries, when its shipping port made it one of the chief commercial cities in the world. While the golden age is long over, we can still enjoy its architectural fruits to this day. Highlights like the 13th century Belfry on the Grote Markt are perennial attractions, as is the massive grand tower at the Church of Our Lady. Other must-sees include the 12th century Basilica of the Holy Blood and Burg Square. Despite its idyllic environs, Bruges and the surrounding areas of Flanders were home to some of the most vicious battles of WWI. Tour outfits like Quasimodo Tours specialize in guiding visitors around the landmarks and battlefields of the war, including historic Hill 60, still riddled with tunnels and bunkers and craters, almost a century later. Brussels is world-famous for the quality of its chocolate, and Bruges is no exception. Among its vast offerings, a local and international favorite is The Chocolate Line, which boasts a wide variety of traditional treats alongside more experimental flavors like lemongrass and coriander. Second only to its chocolate, Belgian beer is also held in high regard by aficionados, and visitors to Bruges can find some of the best brew around at De Halve Maan (The Half Moon) Brewery. Once you've booked your flight, and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who've traipsed the cobblestone streets of this gorgeous medieval city.    Close

Stories and Tips Bruges

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Top Five Things To Do In Bruges

Written by dkm1981 on 09 Jan, 2012

Bruges isn't a city of big hitting sights, but that's not to say there aren't things to do there. meandering the quaint streets and soaking up the atmosphere is the order of the day, but you should probably have a look at doing the following…Read More


Introduction to Bruges

Written by dkm1981 on 07 Jan, 2012

Bruges is a lovely city and one that you should definitely make the effort to visit if you are anywhere near. It is very quaint and despite its popularity, it has maintained its traditional air and has plenty to please every visitor.Getting there from nearby…Read More


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Cruise through canals of Bruges

Written by Jctravel1983 on 22 May, 2011

Bruges is a beautiful town in Belgium, who has nicknamed Venice of the North. The historic center is on the world heritage list. There are beautiful buildings to see some even from the Middle Ages. Bruges has nice canals where you can make a cruise…Read More


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A Tale of Churches - Basilica of the Holy Blood

Written by flyingscot4 on 21 May, 2011

Europe is blessed with the most amazing cathedrals, churches, and chapels, and nowhere in the world are there more beautiful churches than in Belgium. There are cities that have marvelous churches and abbeys, and while they may be close, for me, it's Belgium.…Read More


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A Letter to Bruges

Written by flyingscot4 on 21 May, 2011

To: The City of Bruges and Her Citizens, Thank you for your city, and for your willingness to share Bruges with the world. You somehow cause a phenomenon which I have personally not seen in many places, and I feel compelled to tell you…Read More


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Bruges - At Night

Written by flyingscot4 on 20 May, 2011

Bruges is a wonderful city at night. It is beautiful, romantic, stunning, tranquil, moody in the rain. It is an old city that will lower high blood pressure. It will make you sing and dance and even cry. Bruges will move…Read More


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Bruges - In Photographs

Written by flyingscot4 on 19 May, 2011

First, Bruges is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. It has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site for a reason. Also, the entire old city of Bruges has been awarded the honor, not just a few buildings, and there are…Read More


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Bruges - Getting There

Written by flyingscot4 on 19 May, 2011

Bruges - Getting there and St. Christopher's BauhausBruges is a favorite city of mine. It is a photographer’s paradise and a wanderer’s paradise in just about any kind of weather. I fell in love with Belgium in general, and Bruges in particular in…Read More


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Belgian beer...

Written by Red Mezz on 02 Jan, 2011

Beer as something other than a cold drink to have while watching football is, I admit, something I've only come around to appreciate in recent years. Whilst I'm sure there are plenty of fine beers to be had in the US, my appreciation of…Read More


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P & O Mini Cruise

Written by Red Mezz on 07 Dec, 2010

It seems like it's becoming quite popular to take one of these little 'mini cruise' ferries to Europe from Britain - as more and more often I hear about someone who's just taken one. And why not? The prices are pretty good - yeah,…Read More


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