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

Martin's Brugge
Martin's Brugge
3.5 out of 5
Oude Burg 5, Bruges, 8000
The price is $82 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Bruges. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Really good hotel right off the main square. Really close to many of the main attractions in Brugge along with multiple shops and dining options. Staff was very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Martin's Brugge
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
4 out of 5
Hoogstraat 6, Bruges, 8000
The price is $144 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Bruges. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (999 reviews)
Lovely
"Very nice room good service"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
5 out of 5
Prinsenhof 8, Bruges, 8000
The price is $182 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bruges. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
"Amazing value for a true 5 star experience!"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges
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Ridderspoor Holiday Apartments Bruges
Ridderspoor Holiday Apartments Bruges
3.5 out of 5
18 Riddersstraat, Bruges, West-Vlaanderen, 8000
The price is $181 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Bruges. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Bruges Market Square and St. Walburga's Church are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Great and cosy loft apartment in superb location. Very helpful host."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Ridderspoor Holiday Apartments Bruges
Holiday Suites Zeebrugge
Holiday Suites Zeebrugge
3.5 out of 5
Kustlaan 99, Zeebrugge, Bruges, 8380
The price is $253 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
Stay at this 3.5-star spa apartment in Bruges. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the family amenities and the overall ...
3.8/5 Good! (75 reviews)
"It would of been nice to at least have a bottle of water a towel and soap. , Al there is are two rooms with two beds you need to bring everything"

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Holiday Suites Zeebrugge
Bonobo Apartments
Bonobo Apartments
3 out of 5
Goezeputstraat 5, Bruges, 8000
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Bruges. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (171 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable. Superior room had ensuite with shower and separate bathroom. Kitchenette was good. Would have preferred better quality pillows."

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

Bonobo Apartments
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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