Bruges is the capital and the biggest city of the Belgian Province West-Flanders. Sometimes it just seems as if time stood still there, that’s how historic Brugge is. It is a city which is ideal for a day trip during a stay at the Flemish coast.



Brugge is a touristic attraction wit hall the beautiful sights. The historic center of Brugge exists of medieval streets with canals and many historical buildings. The most important sights of  Brugge are situated within a radius of 500 meters of the central market square in the inner city. During a visit to Brugge you will experience the city as an open air museum. Many houses were built in the typical Brugge style, with windows from top to bottom. Three towers (which you can spot from afar) dominate the townscape: The Halle Tower, the Onze Lieve Vrouwchurch (with a statue of Michelangelo) and the St. Salvator cathedral.

  1. Basilica of the Holy Blood; If it weren’t impressive enough that this 12th Century church is still standing, it also displays a relic of the blood of Jesus Christ. Visit mid-week to avoid too many tourists.
  2. St Salvator’s Cathedral; Visit this cathedral in the Old Town Square to take in the beautifully restored Gothic building and the historic artworks inside. Visitors can tour every morning around services.
  3. Béguinage; This series of pretty, white townhouses would be every Instagrammer’s dream – were it not now a convent for Benedictine nuns. Come in the spring to enjoy the daffodils.
  4. Loppem Castle; You’ll think you’ve stumbled into a Disney film as you approach this turreted castle, surrounded by water and fit for a princess. To not get lost in the garden maze, follow a wall!
  5. Groeninge Museum; Neoclassicism? Check. Expressionism? Check. Post-war modern art? Check! There’s something for every art-lover at the Groeninge Museum. 
  6. Belfry of Bruges; You can’t miss this imposing landmark. Climb the tower for panoramic views if you’re feeling fit and happy to queue, or wait until evening to enjoy it lit up from the square.
  7. Church of Our Lady Bruges; Parts of the building are currently under renovation, but this beautiful church is worth a visit just to see Michaelangelo’s Madonna and Child.

The atmospheric city is know for its beautiful medieval squares like the Grote Markt. The Grote Markt is the central square of the city and you can find some sights there among which is the Belfry. A little further ahead is the beautiful town hall. The town hall in Brugge is situated on the square in the Burg and is established in a wonderful fourteenth century building. The façade of the premise include nice decorations and the premise has several turrets.



Brugge is especially known as a historical city with many cultural heritage pieces. Thousands of tourists travel to Brugge to be able to take a nice quiet walk through the streets of this city, and take everything in. the complete historical center of Brugge has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000 and is absolutely worth a visit. Small romantic alleys and the well-known canals make that the inner city of Brugge is a delight to discover. The historical center has been well preserved.



Take a cruise through Brugge during a day trip to this sociable city in Flanders. The canals, which are called ‘rijtjes’ by the people from Brugge, dominate the townscape. Between the more than 80 bridges over these ‘rijtjes’ you will find many beautiful old examples. View the city from the water and enjoy during your weekend away to Brugge. For a boat tour over the canals of Brugge, you can board at 5 different places. The excursion has a duration of half an hour and it will show you the most beautiful places of Brugge, from a different perspective. The boats sail almost daily from 10.00 to 18.00. Brugge has various shipping companies which all would love to show you the history of Brugge. A guide will tell you more about the past of Brugge and the important happenings which have taken place exactly there where you are sailing right now. A tour over the canals of Brugge is highly recommended to all city trip lovers!



During your city trip to Brugge you will find out that this historical city has a lot more to offer than souvenir shops, cruises and romantic coaches. In Brugge you experience the good life! Also shop lovers can enjoy the streets with many well-known stores and famous chocolatiers during a weekend in Brugge. The most important shopping streets in the inner city ar the two which connect the ‘t Zand with the Grote Markt. If you are in Brugge, you won’t be able to escape the tasting of a few delicacies such as beer, chocolate, jenever, waffles and Flemish fries. Taste a real Belgian beer, look at the historical sights or follow one of the many walking routes through the city. With the many restaurants with one or more stars, you know that food here is very good.


It is perfectly possible to combine your city trip to Brugge with one of the bathing places near the Flemish coast. Knokke, Blankenberge and Oostende are only a stone’s throw away.

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Free historic Bruges walking itinerary

Below you will find our free walking route for viewing the most beautiful open-air sights in the historic center of Bruges. Optionally, you can pay for entrance to various sights. The walk is about 2 km long and takes you past the most famous historical highlights of the city.

  1. Minnewater-Park; Ancient city wall park.
    The small lake is one of the main water reservoirs nourishing the canal system of the Venice of the North.
  2. Prinselijk Begijnhof Ten Wijngaerde (±1244, Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaerde).
    One of the best-preserved examples of medieval gated communities in which only women could live.
  3. Brewery De Halve Maan (1564) or brewery Henri Maes.
    The only brewery still operating in the city center.
  4. Old St. John’s Hospital.
    One of the oldest hospitals in Europe, where you can appreciate 800 years of European architecture, learn about its history and visit the museum of Hans Memling (optional).
  5. Our Lady of Bruges.
    One of the oldest churches in the city. Admire its impressive tower that is still one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world, and take a look to its art treasures, including Michelangelo’s marble sculpture Madonna with the Child (±1504) (optional).
  6. Groeninge Museum.
    It houses a comprehensive survey of six centuries of Flemish and Belgian painting, from Jan van Eyck to Marcel Broodthaers.
  7. Markt Square.
    The 10th century city market that has been for a millennium the economic heart of Bruges. Admire its imposing guildhalls and its bellfort tower, which is one of the most famous Gothic buildings in Belgium.
  8. Burg Square.
    The square is surrounded by historic buildings including the former Manor of the Franc of Bruges, the former Civil Registry, the City Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and Saint Basil Chapel and the former Provostry of Saint Donatian.
  9. Vismarkt (1852, fishmarket).
    Every morning, except on Sundays and Mondays, fish are sold in the market.
  10. Huidenvettersplein (±1302, Tanners’ Square).
    With their beautiful guildhalls and lovely cafés and restaurants.
  11. Rozenhoedkaai.
    Have an optional canal tour (against payment; pay while embarking on the boat), which is one of the best ways to see Bruges.


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