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Bruges

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Medieval architecture, meandering canals and exquisite chocolate and beer: it's no wonder that more than 2 million tourists flock to this Belgian city each year.

Nunneries, belfries, guild houses, stone-paved squares and canals provide fascinating glimpses into Bruges’ past. Today, the old center of Bruges is an internationally recognized World Heritage Site and the most popular destination in Belgium, but architecture and history are just part of the city’s appeal. Enjoy some of Belgium's famous beer and rich chocolate as you discover all that Bruges has to offer.

Walking is the simplest and perhaps the best way to see the compact town, but there are other options. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride from the park near the tranquil Minnewater or a boat tour of the stunning Canals of Bruges.

At the center of Bruges is its Grote Markt, a pedestrian zone featuring exquisitely decorative architecture. Climb the Belfort for the finest views of the city. Other places of interest include the Heilige Bloed Basiliek (Basilica of the Holy Blood), St. Salvator's Cathedral, Old St. John's Hospital and numerous bridges over the canals. If you have a rainy day, visit the Groeningemuseum and admire the mastery of the region's artists through the ages. Get insight into the religious history of Bruges at Begijnhof, a nunnery that has been in operation since the 13th century.

It's not just the history you must sample, however. Belgium is renowned for its unique brews, so be sure to try several beers along with your moules frites (mussels and fries). For dessert, visit Choco-Story, The Chocolate Museum, where you can study the history of Belgian chocolate before sampling this famous export.

Bruges is a perennial tourist attraction. It’s busiest during the summer when music and dance festivals fill the weekends. Cactus Festival in July features rock and reggae in Minnewaterpark. August's MAfestival focuses on early music with organ, harpsichord, pianoforte and baroque choirs.

Bruges is charming in the colder months too, especially with seasonal attractions such as the Bruges Christmas Market and the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival, both held November to December. Seeing Bruges with a frosting of snow on the ancient buildings is an experience you'll never forget.

Where to stay in Bruges

ibis budget Blankenberge
ibis budget Blankenberge
2 out of 5
Kerkstraat 120, Blankenberge, BE
The price is $69 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in the heart of Blankenberge, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Belle Epoque Centre, The Merry Velodrome, and Belgium Pier. Sea Life Blankenberge ...
3.8/5Good! (284 reviews)
Good value for money
"Good stay for the price. I do not recommend breakfast during COVID period : small box with very restrictive choice."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

ibis budget Blankenberge
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
4 out of 5
Hoogstraat 6, Bruges
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $140 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
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! (982 reviews)
"A beautiful hotel within walking distance of main points of attraction. High quality and reviews all the way."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
5 out of 5
Prinsenhof 8, Bruges
The price is $178 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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! (992 reviews)
"the toilet was not cleaned properly."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Holiday Suites Zeebrugge
Holiday Suites Zeebrugge
3.5 out of 5
Kustlaan 99, Zeebrugge, Bruges
The price is $108 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in Bruges, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Knokke-Heist Beach, Zeebrugge Harbour, and Sea Life Blankenberge. Belgium Pier is 3 mi (4.8 ...
3.8/5Good! (54 reviews)
"Op het foto is het pool heel groot, maar in reality is het mini."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Holiday Suites Zeebrugge
Holiday Suites Blankenberge
Holiday Suites Blankenberge
3 out of 5
Zeedijk 96, Blankenberge
The price is $158 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Blankenberge, this beachfront apartment building is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Goolfy Blacklight Minigolf and Sea Life Blankenberge. ...
3.5/5Good! (51 reviews)
Disappointing
"The property is well situated near the beach and infrastructure. Rooms are split all around modern looking appartement building with direct access to the beach promenade. The customer service was very professional and helpful. Major disappointment was with the cleanliness. the apartments are not ..."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Holiday Suites Blankenberge
Serena Waterbed Seaview
Serena Waterbed Seaview
3 out of 5
Zeedijk 197, Blankenberge
Offering direct access to the beach, this Blankenberge apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Belgium Pier and Sea Life Blankenberge. Goolfy Blacklight ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Très bon séjour
"Un week end très agréable dans un logement de qualité"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Serena Waterbed Seaview
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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