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Bruges (Dutch: Brugge) [50] is a town in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. Relatively cosmopolitan and bourgeois given its compact size, it is one of the best preserved pre-motorised cities in Europe and offers the kind of charms rarely available elsewhere. Bruges is a postcard perfect stop on any tour of Europe.



Even by Belgian standards, Bruges has a poor reputation for its weather. Compared to other western European cities like Paris, the weather in Bruges is colder and more damp. Even in July and August, average daily maximum temperatures struggle to exceed 21° C (70° F) and rainfall averages 203 mm (8 in) a month. After October, temperatures drop off quite rapidly and winter months are damp and chilly.

The summer visitor should always be prepared for rain in Bruges and that warm and sunny weather is not constant during that season.

Also note that the daily and monthly temperature variations are quite small. Daily differences between average highs and average lows don't exceed a range of 9° C (or 16° F).

Get in[edit]


By plane[edit]

A large number of carriers offer direct flights to Brussels. Belgium's main airport has its own railway station. Bruges can easily be reached through the airports of Brussels, Charleroi (Brussels South) and Lille, so getting to Bruges by train is by far the easiest way. Direct trains from Brussels Airport every hour. From Charleroi Airport : expressbus to Bruges station.

By train[edit]

Traveling to Bruges on Belgium's excellent rail system is a natural choice. Trains to and from Brussels leave every 30 minutes during the day. The journey from Brussel-Zuid (a.k.a. Bruxelles-Midi if you prefer French to Dutch) to Bruges takes about 50 minutes. Brugge is not the terminus, look for trains going to Oostende or Blankenberge. If you are traveling on the Eurostar that same day, you can get a cheap add-on ticket to "Any Belgian Station". Otherwise, buy a ticket when you get to the station. Luggage lockers are available from 6AM to 9:30PM. For more information on schedules, prices, and services visit the website of the NMBS/SNCB [51]. Be aware that trains are often full to and from Bruges, especially during rush hours, so if you or your colleagues have any problems with mobility you could be standing the whole trip or at best sitting in the entry area of the carriage. There isn't really any solution to this during the tourist season when Bruges is wall to wall people.

With a backpack nearly all hotels are reachable by foot. However, if you have a suitcase consider taking a taxi because the cobbled streets make the use of wheeled suitcases or carry-on bags very difficult (cost ~€11 depending on destination). A cheaper option is the very frequent bus service from the station to Markt square. Buy your ticket from the kiosk at the bus station outside the railway station (€3.00 as of February 2016) or on the bus (cash only).

By car[edit]

If you are planning a bus-tour: be aware buses and camping vehicles are not allowed intra muros (within the walls of the city). There is a perfect parking place for them on the south side of the city with a newly designed gangway bringing you directly into the heart of the town. It is in general a bad idea to venture inside with a car, as parking is limited and finding your way difficult. There are multistory car parks a five minute walk from the city centre. Nice city mini-buses cruise the town with high frequency, and in any case, the historical centre must be traversed on foot, by bicycle, by horse-drawn carriage or by boat to enjoy it.

By ferry[edit]

P&O Ferries [52] operate a daily sailing every evening from Hull to Zeebrugge, taking 12½ hours for the crossing. The fares do not include the bus from the ferry terminal to Bruges railway station.

DFDS [53] operates ferries from Dover to Dunkirk every 2 hours. From Dunkirk, Bruges is only 90 km / 1 hour drive away. DFDS do not take foot passengers on this or their Dover to Calais route.

DFDS also operate overnight ferries from Newcastle to IJmuiden (near Amsterdam) daily. From IJmuiden, you can reach Bruges in less than 3 hours by car.

Get around[edit]

The historical center is not so big and thus quite walkable. For getting into the city, there are buses, car taxis and, as of 2016, bicycle taxis. GreenRides gives a very unique first impression of the city, and the prices are similar to buses. Buses are operated by the Flemish public transport company De Lijn [54]. Taxis on the market place and station cost about €10. Bicycles are easy to rent and make getting around the city very speedy.

Cycling in Bruges is the perfect way to discover the historical centre. Bruges citizens make fanatical use of their bikes. Up to 60% of all incoming traffic in the city centre are cyclists. Bruges can be described as a city where cycling is familiarized and where the local government puts a lot of effort to improve cycling in this city. According to Bruges Major cycling is the main point of attention in all parts of infrastructure, city plans, permits etc. In 2012 Bruges received a nomination for ¨Belgium cycle city of the year¨. Also, for 15 years Bruges has been the starting point for the Tour of Flanders.

When you’re planning to visit Bruges you can easily hop on a bike and start to discover the city. There are various bike rental companies spread over the city and some of them also offer the opportunity to do a guided bike tour. A local guide will take you across Bruges highlights within a few hours. Two good bike tour companies are Baja Bikes and Quasimundo.

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Convent garden

Once over the encircling canal and inside the city walls, Bruges closes in around you with street after street of charming historic houses and a canal always nearby. In recent years, the city has turned so much towards tourism the locals sometimes complain they are living in Disney-land. The newly cleaned houses should however not confuse you; they are truly centuries old. And if you can get away from the chocolate-shops, you can visit some more quiet areas s.a. St. Anna, and imagine what life in the late middle ages must have been like.

It is also possible to buy a combined ticket to see all Musea Brugge museums, which is good value if you intend to visit more than 2.

Several Youth Hostels (Bauhaus), and probably the train station and tourist information, offer a useful map with some very interesting, 'non-tourist' places to see during the day and some unique places to visit at night. It provides a good way of getting an authentic feel for the town whilst avoiding the tourist honey-pots and allows you to find some hidden gems.

Some highlights:

  • Groeninge Museum, Dijver 12, B-8000, [1]. 7 days 9:30AM-5PM. Known as 'The city museum of Fine Arts', it houses a collection of artworks that span several centuries (14th-20th), focusing mainly on works by painters who lived and worked in Bruges. €8 / €6 (audioguide and ticket Arents House and Forum+ included in the entrance). (51.2061,3.22639) edit
  • Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek), Burg 10, [2]. Apr-Sep 9:30AM-11:50AM & 2PM-5:50PM, Oct-Mar 10AM-11:50AM & 2PM-3:50PM. A beautiful church on the Burg square. It houses a relic - a vial of blood that is said to be that of Jesus - and was built in the Gothic style. Try and get there early so you can view the chapel when it is quiet and not filled with tourists. And don't forget to visit the chapel underneath, in heavy Romanesque style - a contrast to the lovely light Gothic above. Free.  edit
  • Brewery De Halve Maan, Walplein 26, +31 50 332-697, [3]. Apr-Oct M-Sa 11:00-16:00, Su 11:00-17:00. This brewery annex beer museum offers a tour of the beer making process. A history of the brewery is provided, as well as an overview of the city from its tower. The tour lasts for 45 minutes and is a good way to get a feel for Belgian beer making. The tours start at the exact turn of the hour, be at least fifteen minutes early as there is a maximum amount of people that can join. The entrance price includes one drink of Brugse Zot or Straffe Hendrik and is served after the tour at the outside terrace or indoor bar. €10.00 (adults) including 1 beer. (51.2026,3.22416) edit
  • Onze Lieve Vrouwkerk, Mariastraat. A fascinating church with architecture from the Romanesque and Gothic periods. In the east end of the church are very fine tombs of Charles the Bold and his daughter Mary of Burgundy - in contrasting Gothic and Renaissance styles, despite their superficial similarity. The church also houses one of the few Michelangelo sculptures outside of Italy, the "Madonna with child". Currently 2 euro to see the Michelangelo.  edit
  • Jerusalem church, [4]. In a quiet area of the city, a highly unusual church with octagonal tower built by the Adornes brothers, merchants of Italian extraction. It includes a fine black tournai marble tomb, late Gothic stained glass, and a tiny and rather spooky chapel containing an effigy of the dead Christ. The entrance fee also covers the Lace Museum in the former Adornes mansion, where you can see local women and girls learning this traditional craft.  edit
  • The Begijnhof. Also known as the convent, between the centre of the city and the station, with white painted small houses and fine plane trees, is a quiet place to walk - groups are discouraged.  edit
  • The Hospital of St John, [5]. 09:30 - 17:00, Closed Mondays. Sint-Janshospitaal contains a museum of six paintings by Hans Memling, within the early medieval hospital buildings. €6 with Bruges card / €8.  edit

Bruges is visited by a huge number of tourists and it sometimes becomes quite annoying, especially around the Markt and Burg squares. The important thing to remember, however, is that very few tourists venture far away from the main shopping area, so if you want some peace and quiet you should simply explore the many small cobbled streets away from the main squares.

  • Lucifernum (retsin's lucifernum), Twijnstraat 6-8 (city center), [6]. An amazing (private) art gallery with Gothic cemetery in a subtropic garden located in the old Freemasons temple (1756 - 1882) 1000m2 art and mystery in Bruges' old city center. Open on Sundays from 18:00 till 21:00 entrance: 6 Euro  edit

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The famous Belfry in Grote Markt.
  • Grote Markt and Belfry Climb, Grote Markt (the big square). 09:30 - 17:00. Climb the 366 steps to the top of the 83-metre high tower. Excellent views of the city, Grote Markt and hear the bells ring up close. €6 with Bruges card / €8.  edit
  • Tour boats. It's essential to take a ride on one of the tour boats around the canals. The multilingual guides provide a potted history of the city in just a few minutes. It's the best introduction to Bruges. A boat tour will show you places which are otherwise unreachable, as not every canal runs next to a street. The queues to board often look long but they move very fast. Some drivers/guides overtly ask for tips at the end of their commentary, but you should not feel obliged to give one. With around 25 people in each boat paying €10 for 30 minutes, the boat operators are receiving around €500 per hour and can afford to pay the drivers/guides very well. €10 (often cash only).  edit
  • Belgian Chocolate Workshop in Bruges, Ezelstraat 31, Bruges (Just a few minutes walk from Grote Markt), +32 2 881 0178 (), [7]. Daily at 11AM. Craft yourself over 30+ pieces of delicious Belgian chocolates by joining our fun, hands-on workshop in Brussels or Bruges. Learn all the basics of professional chocolate making in 2.5h including tempering, mendiants & pralines from scratch. Join the Belgian Chocolate Workshop every day in English and take home new skills along your own box of sweet threats - booking ahead is compulsory. 35€, youth & student discounts available.. (51.212340,3.219391) edit
  • Bruges Waffle Workshop, Ezelstraat 31, Bruges (A few minutes walk from Grote Markt), +32 2 881 0178 (), [8]. Daily at 3:30PM. Share a delicious moment baking & decorating your own Belgian waffles in 90’. No previous cooking skills required to enjoy as many as you can! 24€, student & family discounts. (51.212340,3.219391) edit
  • Horse drawn carts, Grote Markt. Carriages can be hired for a romantic 30 minute trip around the old city of Bruge. Carts can carry up to 5 passengers. €50.  edit
  • Cycle. There are many rental shops near the main square, shop around for the best prices. You can also rent right at the train station and get to the city center quickly; remember to return them by 7:30p. Cycle 5km to Damme, a picturesque village on the river with a windmill and excellent pancakes, and optionally follow on to the coast (another 15km). €8 for 4 hr at most places, €12 for the day.  edit
  • Running. If you are a runner, try running the 7km circle around the old center. Walk along the canal and see all of the medieval gates that used to control the traffic in and out of Bruges. Simply stunning!  edit
  • Bruges Ballooning, Markt, +32.475.972.887, [9]. AM & PM. Daily hot air balloon flights over the historic centre and its surroundings. The best way to enjoy the romance of Bruges — and its stunning views — from a few hundred meters up in a balloon basket. € 170,00. (51°12',3°12') edit
  • Compare the real Bruges to the one depicted in the movie ''In Bruges'', [10].  edit
  • Concertgebouw Brugge, 't Zand 34, [11]. One of Bruges' culture temples with a world-class program in classical music and contemporary dance. The season usually runs from mid-September to June, but it also becomes a hub for the early music MA Festival [12] each August.  edit

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View of the Grote Markt from the top of the Belfry

Chocolate shops are plentiful and the standard is always high. A fairly cheap option is Stef's on Breidelstraat (betweeen Markt and Burg). If you are willing to spend a little more, Chocolatier Van Oost on Wollestraat is a must for high-quality artisanal chocolate. Word on the street is, that you can get anything covered in chocolate and moulded. There is a particular vast amount of chocolate shops at the Kathelijnestraat. There are also many boutique-style beer shops that sell high quality gift packs of Belgian beer.

For those who do not wish to buy chocolate in the chocolate shops, the local supermarkets also sell a good variety of mass-produced chocolate at fairly low prices. For the frugal, you can buy 100-200 gram gourmet bars of chocolate for about €1 each. Good brands to buy are Côte-d'Or and Jacques, both are Belgian. If you don't want anything more than a sampling of the most famous Belgian beers, supermarkets (not night shops!) are probably your best choice. They even have gift packs with glasses.

There are plenty of arts and crafts shops too, with some excellent local artists. The lacework is risky: if everything sold was produced locally, the entire town would be working in the lace industry! There is a school for lace though, where you can still get "the real thing".

Most European tourists come for the weekend, so shops are open Tuesday through Sunday, but many shops and museums are closed on Mondays. Be sure to plan ahead.

  • Dumon, Simon Stevinplein 11, [13]. Excellent, very high-end chocolate creations. They also make chocolate drinks.  edit

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Square with restaurants

Restaurants are not always cheap or wonderful, although mussels and frites or fricadellen, frites with mayonnaise are outstanding here. Stay away from the central market place ("Grote Markt") and the Burg Square (e.g. the Tom Pouce Restaurant) when eating. Tourists are easy victims here. One tactic used by tourist traps is to present items (e.g. bread) as if they were free with your meal, then charge you exorbitantly for them. Even water may be charged at an exorbitant €6 for a small bottle.

You will, however, find great food if you wander off the beaten track. Find a street with more locals than tourists and ask somebody. The locals will be glad to help.

A lot of places do not open until 1800hrs.

  • L'estaminet, at the Astrid Park. Good food, nice terrace, cool bartender. Try the renowned spaghetti for €8 or the delicious croque monsieur.  edit
  • La Romagna, Braambergstraat 8. Excellent family-run Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Inexpensive. Good menu for vegetarians.  edit
  • In't Nieuw Museum, Hooistraat 42, 050331280, [14]. Belgian grill restaurant, well off the tourist track. Excellent steaks, reasonable prices.  edit
  • De Bottelier, Ezelstraat (close to Sint-Jacobsstraat). A favorite restaurant of many of Bruges' residents. Very reasonable prices and excellent food. Closed Sunday and Monday nights.  edit
  • Marieke van Brugghe, Mariastraat 17, 050/34.33.60 (), [15]. Small but good restaurant that attracts the locals. Fixed menu for €19  edit
  • Tom's Diner, West Gistelhof 23. Fantastic upscale take on satisfying, home cooked food. Prices are reasonable, as well.  edit
  • Kok au Vin, Ezelstraat 19/21. The Kok au Vin was memorable (both the entre AND the restaurant); the prices are reasonable for the high quality. Family owned and run. Reservations recommended.  edit
  • Restaurant Aneth, [16]. With only 7 tables, we like to keep it small and cosy, with a personal touch.  edit
  • Brasserie Medard, Sint-Amandsstraat 18. Huge deal for low budget just near the centre: a mountain of (tasty) spaghetti with tomato sauce, cheese, and mushrooms for 3 EUR. Two options on the menu: vegetarian, non-vegetarian - both at the same price. Double its size for just €2 extra. Unbeatable. Very cheap beer too (kriek at 1,50 EUR). Most tables order the spaghetti. Tourists aren't welcome until they sit - be sure to sit down and impose your presence to be served. Be warned that if you wait to be seated, you are likely to be sent away for no reason. Bring your own musical instruments.  edit
  • t' Gulden Vlies, Mallebergplaats 17, 050-334709. 7PM-3AM. An excellent night restaurant. Small romantic restaurant east of the Burg with excellent food and reasonable prices. Menus from 16 €.  edit
  • Cambrinus, Philipstockstraat 19 (near the market place), +32 50 332-328, [17]. 11:00-23:00 daily. This is a very popular place, and for a reason. They have some of the best selection of Belgian beers, more than 440 in total. Some beers have really odd names like Satan, Lucifer, Nostradamus, or the Brunette. It's primarily a restaurant though, as all their hearty food are prepared with a special kind of beer. It's really delicious. Mains go for €17-19, but they also have the €26 prix fixe "Menu van de Brouwer", which features several Trappist beers. Make a reservation in advance, as else they might not have any seats available. €25-30.  edit
  • Le Pain Quotidien, 21 Philipstockstraat. A sandwich chain founded in Brussels but now found in the U.S., France and a number of other countries. Most of the food is organic, and the sandwiches (in particular the Tartine Bouef Basilic) are delicious. Somewhat expensive.  edit
  • Maximiliaan van Oostenrijk, Wijngaardplein 16-17, +32 0(50) 33 47 23, [18]. Midrange restaurant offering plenty to eat including oysters and meat cooked several ways, plus of course frites. There is not much for vegetarians.  edit
  • Grand Cafe Passage, Dweersstraat 26, +32 (0)50 340232, [19]. Attached to the Passage hotel/hostel (see below) is the atmospheric Grand Cafe, serving traditional Belgian cuisine and beers. Prices are slightly lower than the tourist traps and well worth it. Try the beef stew (very tender) or the ribs.  edit
  • Trattoria Trium, Academiestraat 27, 050333060, [20]. This is a great spot to have a nice dish of pasta or pizza and is fully Italian. They also sell olive oil, pasta sauces and other authentic products. The decor has a warm home feeling. Try out their antipasto and the excellent house wine. € 15 - € 20.  edit
  • Bittersweet, St Amandstraat 27 (close to the Grote Markt and Belfry), 050 34 87 69. Tu-Sa 9-6:30. 'Cosy and Delicious' just like it says. Great for breakfast and indulgent afternoon teas. Reasonable prices, better quality and friendlier service than the tourist traps on the Markt, it's well worth the short walk down this quaint side street. Also serves the best coffee in the city!  edit
  • Den Gouden Harynck, Groeninge 25, 050337637, [21]. Gastronomic restaurant which offers three course meals at very reasonable prices.  edit
  • Ribs 'n Beer, Ezelstraat 50, 050707677, [22]. Offers unlimited spare-ribs in several varieties, amongst others one in a beer-chocolate sauce. Several other meat dishes as well, huge portions. It may be wise to make a reservation beforehand. €15-€25.  edit
  • De Vuyst, Simon Stevinplein 15, 050342231, [23]. Bistro with a very charming interior.  edit
  • Laurenzino, Noordzandstraat 1, +32 50 333-213, [24]. Su-Th 11:00-20:00, F 11:00-22:00, Sa 10:00-22:00. This is a good place to try out freshly baked Belgian waffles. They have them with chocolate, caramel, whipped cream or basically anything you want on top of it. They also have traditionally prepared ice cream available. It's easy to find, as you can smell the flavour of the waffles around the shop. CLOSED €2.  edit
  • Chocolaterie Spegelaere, Ezelstraat 92, 050/336052. Bruges Best Kept Secret, a place for chocolate-lovers.  edit
  • The 57, Wollestraat 29a, +32 50336242, [25]. 11:30 - 22:00. The 57 is a romantic restaurant in Bruges  edit

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Beware that, unlike tourist areas in most European countries, many establishments in Bruges accept cash only or they impose a high minimum spend (e.g. €20) per card transaction. Therefore if you come from a country where cash is mostly a thing of the past, you might need to withdraw cash before drinking in Bruges.

  • De Garre, 1, De Garre, 32 50 34 10 29‎. Hidden in a backyard, this pub offers a nice atmosphere and about 100 different kinds of beer, including home-brewed ones. The house beer is called 'Triple de Garre' and is 11% strong, a good way to start the night. (51.2085,3.22611) edit
  • 't Brugs Beertje, Kemelstraat, [26]. This excellent pub (recommended in the CAMRA guide to the Benelux region) has hundreds of different beers and an authentic beer-cafe atmosphere. Clientele is majority tourists. The front bar is crowded; what looks like the door through to the restrooms opens on another bar area. In 2005 it was closed for most of July - this might be an annual occurrence.  edit
  • Curiosa, (just off the main square), [27]. A good place for a lunch as well as a beer.  edit
  • Herberg Vlissinghe (Cafe Vlissinghe), Blekerstrat 2 (on the way to the Jerusalem church), 050 34 37 37, [28]. closed Mondays and Tuesdays. One of the less touristy bars, with a nice selection of draught and bottled beers. It's probably the oldest pub in Bruges dating from 1515. Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Trip Advisor based on 24 reviews.  edit
  • The area just north of the performing arts center has various cafes, most with sufficient beer selections, such as Cafe Leffe.
  • The Druid's Cellar, St Amandsstraat 11/b, 050614144, [29]. A very nice cozy place to drink a beer and listen to some good music. The bar is located underground and actually gives the impression of a cellar. Usually plays rock music. The bar has a wide selection of drinks, from simple beer to 16 year old Bushmills whiskey.  edit
  • Bean around the World, Genthof 5, 050703572. American coffee house in the center of Bruges - offers free American newspapers and WiFi to its customers  edit
  • 't oost, Oostmeers 88 (near the train station), 050689623, [30]. 8AM-5PM. Breakfast- and lunch room. Home made food. Free Wi-Fi for customers. €3.50-22.50.  edit
  • Délisa 'Délices & Saveurs', Jan van Eyckplein 7, 0032 50 34 09 89, [31]. Just a short walk from the Markt, this place undoubtably has some of the best coffee in Bruges. With a genuine espresso machine, the Conti, and a passion for good quality, the owner Sabine, is great for a chat and a good coffee for only €2.  edit
  • De Bierbistro, Oude Burg 14 (1 min from market), 0470296006, [32]. Beautiful cellar from the 15th century. Nice place to have a drink or eat homemade dishes made with beer. The prices are very reasonable and the location is excelent if you want to experience some history of Bruges.  edit

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Note that during the summer Bruges is a very popular tourist destination; reservations are probably preferable.


  • Art Hostel, low budget hostel, group accommodation [55]
  • Lybeer Travellers' Hostel [56] In the very city center. Member of the I-hostels network.
  • Passage [57] Very clean and quiet, centrally located Hotel/Hostel with a restaurant-bar downstairs. The name "Passage" comes from the little alley-way right next to the building which you have to pass through in order to reach the reception. Prices for the hostel are around €14 and breakfast costs an extra €5.
  • Snuffel Backpacker Hostel, Ezelstraat 47-49, +32 (0)50 333133, [33]. checkout: 10AM. Friendly, a straight line from the central Markt and cheap. Breakfast is included and cheap internet available, with free wifi. And the bunk beds have ladders. €15.  edit

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  • Asinello B&B, Ezelstraat 59a, [35]. checkout: 11:00. Lovely bed & breakfast with 3 private rooms, each with their own bathroom. A hammam is also onsite. This is a great option for a romantic weekend. €100-150.  edit
  • Bonifacius, Groeninge 4, +32 50 49 00 49, [36]. The charme of private home and the comfort of a luxury hotel  edit
  • Brugge-man Bed & Breakfast, Azalealaan 4, +32 50 67 08 62, [37]. Fabulous breakfast and great hosts just outside the city center (51.196534,3.204182) edit
  • Canalside House, Groeninge 16, +32 50 977 900, [38]. Built in the 17th century as a gracious townhouse, it now provides the guests two luxurious suites with unrivalled panoramic view of the canal and the imposing church of Our Lady's.  edit
  • De Wilde Wingerd, Elf julistraat 37, +32 475 59 51 49, [39]. checkin: 12h00; checkout: 10.00. Opened recently. They can host up to 11 people, ideal for families, ask to cook you their lobster meal. €70-140.  edit
  • Domus Brugensis, Vuldersstraat 106, +32473711045, [40]. Very romantic, spacious and authentic B&B suite in the centre. Owners are city guides. €85.  edit


  • Hotel Asiris [58], a restored patrician residence in the shadow of the 15th century St-Gillis church, with 13 rooms, €60 a double room. You can also reserve a parking place for €4 / night.
  • Hotel de Goezeput, Goezeputstraat 29, +32 50 342694 (). Modern and comfortable rooms in a traditional building. Relatively close to the station. €60 for a single.  edit
  • Hotel Floris Karos ("), Hoefijzerlaan 37, 050402140, [42]. 3 star hotel a few minutes away from market square. 59.  edit
  • Hotel Prinsenhof, Ontvangersstraat 9, +32 50 342690 (, fax: +32 (0)50 342321), [43]. This elegant and friendly four star hotel is perfectly situated near the Grand Place & historic town centre of Bruges, with secure private parking. From €155.  edit
  • Hotel Rosenburg [59] is next to the beautiful Coupure canal, with a tiny harbor. Their breakfast is large. They also have a garage you can rent.
  • Hotel Salvators, St.-Salvatorskerkhof 17, +32 50 331921 (, fax: 050 33.94.64), [44]. Quirky art hotel in the centre, next to St Salvators Church. This traditional Bruges townhouse has been thoughtfully renovated, with each of the rooms decorated in its own style. Some of the rooms have en-suite jacuzzi, and some sleep up to 5 people. The hotel offers internet access and cycle hire for guests. From €90 per night for a double room.  edit
  • Hotel 't Keizershof, Oostmeers 126 (Between the station and the centre), +32(0)50/338728 (). Clean rooms, free laundry facilities. Parking. Breakfast included. €25-44.  edit
  • Hotel 't Voermanshuys, Oude Burg 14, +32 50 341396, [45]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 11:30. Clean, spacious rooms in the centre. Very friendly staff and includes a substantial breakfast. €60 for a double with shared toilet/shower.  edit
  • Hotel 't Zand, 't Zand 21, [46]. checkin: 15.00; checkout: 11.00. Small hotel with 19 rooms, situated in centre. It is easily reached via the E40 (exit8) and you will find the hotel right opposite the main exit of the underground car-park. €105.  edit
  • Martin's Brugge, Oude Burg 5, +32 50 445111 (), [47]. 3-star hotel in the historic city centre, just a short walk from the Grote Markt and the Belfort.  edit
  • MS Watergeus, Kolenkaai 5, +32 473 67 33 42, [48]. A barge, ten minutes away from the centre. The old captain's cabin has been renovated and can now be used as a B&B or just as a holiday flat. €75 for two people / night. Breakfast is €7 a person..  edit
  • NH Hotel Brugge [60], good food and comfortable beds near to parking on the inner ring road, the concert hall and main bus station, in an attractive and completely modernised old building. The staff are obliging and helpful and food is excellent at all meals. Salads, main courses and desserts were all a delight, with the desserts scoring particularly high for attractive presentation. If there was a weak spot, it was the quality of the orange juice at breakfast. Rooms are spacious, perhaps 50m2 or more and the beds have crisp white sheets, duvets and comfortable mattresses. Wireless internet in the rooms needs an Orange subscription but this is modestly priced compared to many hotels. However, some rooms did not seem to have good wi-fi reception. NH took over the hotel from Sofitel in 2007.
  • Ridderspoor Holiday Flats [61] Holiday apartments on a quiet street two blocks from the city center. Flats include a bathroom and small kitchen and can accommodate 2-6 people. €60-100 per night depending on the number of people and length of stay.
  • Walwyck Hotel, Leeuwstraat 8 (next to Leeuwebrug), +32 50 616360, [49]. checkin: 2.00PM; checkout: 12.00AM. Within the oldest ramparts of the medieval city, in the heart of the city, but in the middle of a green area. Double: €100, Single: €90 (Breakfast and taxes included).  edit

Get out[edit]

The most popular day trips from Bruges:

  • Damme is a small town near Bruges. Some of the riverboats go there on a half-day cruise. It's a very scenic trip, the landscapes are picturesque, and the village of Damme even more so. You can also go there by bike (special route) and by local bus. It takes about 15 minutes by bus and an hour by boat.
  • Ypres (Ieper) is an important site of Great War battles, cemeteries, monuments and traditions such as the Last Post (every evening). Very popular among old veterans and anyone interested in wars. About 1h40 by train, changing at Kortrijk with a 40 minute wait between trains, and a very scenic ride.
  • Ostend (Oostende) is the monumental beach resort which King Leopold II (1865-1909) built before his attention turned to destroying inner-city Brussels to build his new capital. The quintessential cosmopolitan 19th century beach resort, full of endearing villas that have been classified as official monuments. Less than 15 minutes by train.
  • Close by to Oostende, about 10 minutes by tram towards Raversijde, you can find the Atlantic Wall, two kilometres of trenches and galleries dating from both World Wars.
  • Antwerp and Ghent are great tourist destinations in their own right.
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