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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

Bruges Market Square showing street scenes, heritage architecture and a square or plaza

Historical Center Bruges

5/5Exceptional!(608 area reviews)

Travelers to Historical Center Bruges praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt) and Historium.

Historical Center Bruges
When staying in Bruges, a ride along the canal to Damme is a nice, easy, and scenic day trip. The ride takes less than hour, passes a windmill and farmland, and takes you to the historic town of Damme where you can grab a bite to eat and walk around.

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Sint-Kruis

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

Visitors to Sint-Kruis appreciate its gardens. A visit to Queen Astrid Park and St. John's House Mill might round out your trip if you're looking to see more of the area.

Sint-Kruis
Brugge is known as "Venice of Belgium," and the canal tours are a lovely way to see the renaissance architecture on a sunny afternoon.

Sint-Pieters

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Sint-Pieters is well-liked for its coffeehouses, and you can visit sights like Friet Museum and Bruges City Theater if you have time to explore the area.

Sint-Pieters
Wandering aimlessly around Bruges.

Sint-Gillis

Check out the breweries, historic sites, and shopping while spending some time in Sint-Gillis. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighborhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt) or Friet Museum.

Sint-Gillis
Beautiful Belgium city with great beers!

Sint-Michiels

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

Sint-Michiels is noteworthy for its forests, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kinepolis Bruges and Boudewijn Seapark.

Sint-Michiels
Brugge is known as "Venice of Belgium," and the canal tours are a lovely way to see the renaissance architecture on a sunny afternoon.

Kristus-Koning

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Visitors to Kristus-Koning enjoy its coffeehouses, and if you want to do some exploring, Ezelpoort is worth a stop.

Kristus-Koning

Top Hotels in Bruges

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
4 out of 5
Hoogstraat 6, Bruges
The price is $125 per night

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)

"This is a wonderful hotel in a beautiful and very historic building which once housed the court of the exiled King Charles II of Great Britain. It is in a very central location ideal for sightseeing, eating out and shopping. Yet our room facing the canal at the back was mostly incredibly quiet by ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Aragon Hotel
Aragon Hotel
4 out of 5
Naaldenstraat 22, Bruges
The price is $109 per night

Located in Historical Center Bruges, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bladelin Court and Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt). St. James's Church ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (720 reviews)
Great short stay

"This was our second stay at the hotel. It's location is great,about 5 minutes from Markt. Our room was clean and comfortable. The staff are all excellent. Very friendly and efficient. We'll almost certainly visit Bruges again, and stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Aragon Hotel
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
5 out of 5
Prinsenhof 8, Bruges
The price is $166 per night

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! (989 reviews)

"Well placed for city visits and restaurants and the station"…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges

Popular places to visit in Bruges

Bruges Market Square
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Bruges Market Square

4.5/5(385 reviews)

The historical heart of Bruges is framed by guild buildings and the Provincial Court. Presiding over the square is the imposing Belfort.

Bruges Christmas Market
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Bruges Christmas Market

4.5/5(88 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Bruges Christmas Market, a popular shopping spot in Bruges. Discover the area's stunning cathedral, or seek out its local tours.

Knokke-Heist Beach
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Knokke-Heist Beach

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Knokke-Heist Beach, a popular beach in Knokke-Heist. Amble around the area's parks or visit its casinos.

Begijnhof
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Begijnhof

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Step from the busy market square into a tranquil, centuries-old commune inhabited by nuns blessed with the singing voices of angels.

Bruges Belfry
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Bruges Belfry

4.5/5(276 reviews)

Bruges' multi-aged bell tower dominates the skyline and is the city's most recognizable feature. Views from the top are stunning.

Minnewater
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Minnewater

4.5/5(141 reviews)

The “lake of love” is a gorgeous spot for a scenic stroll or waterside picnic, a relaxing haven from the busy streets of Bruges' historical center.

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