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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Winter time in Bruges

Written by Red Mezz on 07 Dec, 2010

It's a funny thing about Bruges. You mention Belgium to people as a place that you may like to travel to and are, more often than not, met with a mild confusion. And yet, you start talking about visiting Bruges and hear how completely…Read More


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Written by jim on 28 Jun, 2000

Here are more photos from various spots around Bruges. Scenic shots to give you a more complete sense of this old town's charm and beauty.…Read More


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Visiting Flanders Fields - Details

Written by Ed Hahn on 06 Aug, 2005

In the Historical Tour entry, I could not describe everything I saw and felt during the Quasimodo tour of Flander's Fields so I'm offering that additional information, here. We have booked a tour of the WW I battlefields in the Ypres Salient. On an appropriately…Read More


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Experience teaches

Written by travelprone on 06 Dec, 2001

Since one of the most frustrating tendencies of the human mind is to forget data like the exact location of a surprisingly good restaurant or an odd sight that just seemed for the moment to capture the essence of a place one is a traveller…Read More


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Bruges -- a little background

Written by gwelkins on 11 Jan, 2002

Bruges is called: 'the Venice of the North'. This splendid medieval city is one of Belgium's crown jewels. In no other European city the feel and the look of medieval times are so present as here in this city close to the North Sea. Today's Bruges…Read More


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Experience the Bustle

Written by Irene on 19 Jan, 2002

Only a fifteen minute easterly stroll from our B&B by way of the Smedenport, one of four remaining fortified city gates still guarding the city, and straight on Steenstraat we were welcomed to the central Markt by the statue of the Belgium heroes, Jan…Read More


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In town and along canals

Written by KarenG on 17 Jul, 2001

Biking in and around Bruges is a treat that was much loved by all of us. Pick up the biking brochure (BEF50/$1) from the travel information office on the Burg, which gives 5 bike routes of varying lengths and difficulty. There are several…Read More


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Bruges Things to See (Summary)

Written by Monique Witsel on 07 Apr, 2006

Bruges is the Capital of the West Flanders province, connected by canals with Zeebrugge (North Sea). It is also a Rail Junction for commercial, Industrial use (including: Lace, Textiles, Ships, Industrial Glass), and of coarse for the use of tourists.Bruges was founded on an Inlet of…Read More


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Intercity trains

Written by wanderer 2005 on 03 Jun, 2005

The intercity trains we took between Amsterdam and Brugge and then Brugge to Brussels were really nice, smooth, and comfortable rides. As with premier trains, these trains have first and second class. I had a railpass, so I don’t know the cost difference between the…Read More


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Bruges

Written by jenandfrank on 22 Apr, 2005

We booked a day trip through Viator Tour Company, which included Ghent and Bruges (Brugge). First, a word about Viator. Viator is an Internet booking company. They only book tours; they do not give any. De Boeck is the tour company that is associated with…Read More


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