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The 7 must-see attractions of Bruges

A medieval town criss-crossed with canals and cobbled lanes; it’s easy to see why so many tourists visit Bruges each year. There’s a beautiful building on every corner, but if you’re wondering what to do, be sure to visit at least a few of our top seven sightseeing spots.

Basilica of the Holy Blood

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.

St Salvator’s Cathedral

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.

Béguinage
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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.

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!

Groeninge Museum
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Groeninge Museum

Neoclassicism? Check. Expressionism? Check. Post-war modern art? Check! There’s something for every art-lover at the Groeninge Museum. Entry is 8€ or free with some city passes.

Belfry of Bruges

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.

Church of Our Lady Bruges

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 (for just 3€ while works continue).

Planning Your Bruges Visit

How is the weather?

Bruges is not a hot or humid city, making it a great place to sightsee comfortably all summer (expect highs of 21 degrees and take a jacket for the evening). However, it’s busy most weekends, so consider planning a trip mid-week to have more of the city to yourself. Winter can be cold, making it a good choice if you like to avoid crowds, but the Christmas markets are a pretty and popular draw during the festive season.

How can I get there?

Flights to Bruges from Europe can often be relatively inexpensive if you consider a low-cost airline into Ostend airport. Direct flights from further afield also land at this international airport. It’s easily accessible by train from many major European cities, including Paris and London via the Eurostar. The ferry is another popular option.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch, German and French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +32
  • Best time to visit
    From April to May, it's still a bit chilly but the city's fauna is blooming and it's possible to get some great accommodation deals! From June to August, the temperatures are warmest, the trees are green, but there are definitely more crowds, too.

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What people are saying about Bruges

It was really interesting, relax tour with the great tour guide Guia.

Guia is a great tour guide, she is very patient and kind with us eventhough the tour members age group was very wide. She is attentive and ensure that every tour members are taken care of. With her storytelling of the place of interest, it make us feel like we are walking into a fairy tales session. The tour is enjoyable, easy to understand the history of the places of interest. Very worthwhile to join this tour.

Very informative/extremely interesting/balanced

A superb trip!! Phillippe was a delight to be with! Obviously passionate about the subject but also gave a very balanced viewpoint He was caring, extremely knowledgable and a real person!! Absolutely fantastic- would definitely recommend.

Best tour in Bruges, Louis was prompt, knowledgeable, pleasant and fun

I would highly recommend the Rickshaw tour to anyone. It was a better tour for learning about Brudges than the canal tours.

Bruges: Guided Rickshaw Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/12/2019

Outstanding tour of the WW1 Battlefields and Cemeteries in Flanders

Phillipe was a friendly, local, knowledgable tour guide with an obvious passion for World War 1 history. He made the tour come alive and his great sense of humour entertained us all day. The lunch provided was of a very good standard - healthy, fresh and satisfying.

Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour from Bruges Reviewed by Frances Rae, 05/06/2019

This is the best option to cover as much of Bruges in a limited time.

Best option to tour Bruges if you are visiting for less than a day. Our guide, Luis, was personable and an excellent storyteller — informing us of Bruges’ rich history, along with interesting details that we did not know about. Hiring a local guide is the best way to go and we covered much on this one-hour tour.

Bruges: Guided Rickshaw Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/03/2019