Bruges is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belgium and one of Europe’s
best preserved medieval cities. It has an abundance of superb architecture and historic buildings. With elegant shops, cobbled streets and canals to explore Bruges is a perfect destination for a short break at any time of the year.
Bruges is famous for its lace and chocolate shops, a real treat to browse around and perhaps make a purchase! The city is fairly compact and can easily be explored on foot; you can stroll through the side streets and explore the less touristy areas stopping to admire the attractive buildings, the winding streets and the waterways of the old town.
If you enjoy shopping you will not be disappointed, Steenstraat is the main shopping thoroughfare there are plenty of big name shops, designer shops, boutiques and arcades to keep you occupied all day long! There are numerous pavement cafes/restaurants for food and refreshment on the old market square
where you can sit and watch the world go buy.
You will probably want to visit some of Bruges museums and popular tourist attractions while on your holiday break here in Bruges. Worth a visit is the Gruuthuse Museum, situated close to the Dijver Canal. This large medieval mansion holds a collection of fine art, superb tapestries, furniture and sculptures. The collection occupies 22 numbered rooms.
You will find the Memling museum housed in the 12th century St. Janshospitaal which displays some of Hans Memling’s greatest works. Memling lived for many years in Bruges and became one of the city’s most important artists. If you love art you may want to visit the Groeninge Art Museum, it houses a fine collection of art dating from the 14-20th century.
The Markt is lined with 17th century buildings and dominated by the Belfort. The 83m high belfry was built in the 13th-15th century if you are feeling fit and energetic you may want to climb the 366 steps to the top. On the way you will pass the 18th century carillon, its 47 bells are still played on certain days throughout the year. The views of Bruges from the top are enchanting.
There are many more museums
, churches and beautiful buildings you may want to see in Bruges depending on your personal interests, you can get more information from the Tourist Office which is situated on Burg Square.
Some of you might enjoy a brewery tour, there are a couple of breweries open to the public and offer guided tours, you get the chance to see the workings of a Belgian brewery with a taster at the end. Tours take approximately 40 minutes.
From mid March to early November a popular visitor attraction for many visitors is a canal trip, a relaxing way to view Bruges; tours last about 30 minutes and depart from several jetties.
You can take a guided walking tour which can be beneficial and rewarding especially if you are visiting for a short time, they last approximately 2 hours. If you prefer you can have some fun on a bike tour these generally last around 3 hours.
Alternatively you can opt for a mini bus tour of Bruges they depart from the Markt and take about 50 minutes. With several options available you can choose which suits you the best. You can also take the opportunity of a ride in a traditional horse and carriage.
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from here with choices to suit all budgets, try a croquet-monsieur or waffles for lunch.
You will find plenty of bars/pubs where you can sample the Belgian beers, Bruges oldest café is Herberg Vlissinghe. There are several bars offering live jazz and other music throughout the year.
You can get pleasure from a holiday break at any time in this charming city, from the end of November to the end of December there is a Christmas market
on Markt Square well worth visiting with many seasonal celebrations on offer.