Top attractions in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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- 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
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Ghent and Bruges. Excellent recommendations were made of things to do during our free time. Our guide, Josephine, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the two cities. Ghent was particularly lovely and not nearly so busy. I wish we had more time there. Bruges was beautiful and we had enough time to do a little boat tour (an extra 10€ charge) but worth doing. One word of caution, the Brussel City tours all leave precisely on time. If you are late the bus leaves. While this didn’t impact us on our tour an other participant was left behind. I feel that tour companies undertake a certain amount of responsibility to ensure all participants return safely.
Comfortable, clean, easy journey into Bruges. We couldn't initially find the bus departure point even with a basic map but walked a bit further and then spotted it. Also at Bruges it wasn't obvious which way to walk but we followed others in the distance. I suppose we should have asked the bus driver! When you get to the Bruges bus stop there is a 20 min walk into the centre but it's very attractive on the way.
This was the second time I visted Brugge, and I still consider it to be one of the most beautiful small towns in the world. This time I took my whole family for a day tour trip from Amsterdam. The driver was very courteous and on time. Highly recommend the trip if you don't mind six hours total retrun trip on the road.
The guide was very knowledgeable but he was not sensitive to discomfort of his customers on such a cold & Windy day. He could have reduced his presentation at each stop by 50%. Seemed more intent on his spiel Than on his customers who were exhausted by the trip.
Two cities that are definitely worth visiting. We were super comfortable throughout the whole thing and it was care free. Our tour guide Veronica Perez was extremely friendly, clear, and passionate about the history, which made the whole thing enjoyable for all.