Historic Centre of Brugge
Historic Centre of Brugge
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The historic center of Bruges has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 thanks to its status as one of the commercial and cultural capitals of Europe and its enduring Gothic architecture. The Belgian city center is cited as a great example of a medieval historic settlement, even while it has evolved over the years.
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  • Philip D
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful city with lovely architecture. Hundreds of photogenic places. Keen photographer? artist? You must visit.
    Beautiful place to visit. Yes it is quite small but didn't feel overcrowded. Plenty to see and do here. Avoid overly priced tourist trap restaurants and bars in th squares and next to tourist venues. Check eateries away from centre. Canal boat trips for about €12. Bud city tour €25. Horse and carriage for 5 person is €60. If you plan on visiting the museums it will be beneficial to buy a brugge museum card for €33. It lasts for 72 hours and one venue was €15 for entry. Check the card out as it covers 11 places.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • David
    Lille, France1,829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very charming
    Walking around Bruges is a very worthwhile activity. Fortunate to have escaped both world wars, the medieval city is preserved, with lots of interesting buildings and atmosphere. Good to walk around and observe.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Micy01
    Oberrieden, Switzerland1,150 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique, must see
    Entourage unique, not only a couple of streets but the whole town is a openair museum. Great canal tour gives you a special look on things (but you have to be lucky with the captain). Unfortunately the old part of town can be very busy with tourist, and you need to invest some time in where to eat otherwise you easely walk into a tourist trap Enjoy this wonderful town
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Lee C
    Glasgow, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short stay in Bruges
    We took a horse and carriage from Grote Markt Square which is beautiful in itself and explored the historic town. We paid extra for the commentary from carriage driver, the horse and carriage drivers can actually be quite stroppy too begin with I think mainly due to people wanting photos but not wanting to pay for a excurcion. Once we where in the guide soon warms up. Brilliant way to see the town as Bruge centre is not so big and you get to learn a little extra about bridges and churches etc. We were there two days which was plenty of time, though im sure there's plenty other things to do. We also claimed the Belfort which is stunning and what view reward's you at the top of the stairs, It's a fair climb.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,786 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    My wife and I visited Bruges (Brugge) as part of a tour group from a river cruise. Our guide was great and we learnt so much about the city. Something we didn't need to be told - because we saw it for ourself - is how amazingly beautiful Bruges is. Photo ops. galore. So, so pretty. Ancient buildings, canals, flowers, bridges - all that and more. Without doubt, one of the loveliest cities we've visited in our travels.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • AnnPalmerUK
    137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy visit from our cruise to Zeebrugge port
    We were on a cruise that docked in Zeebrugge and went to Bruges for the day. The shipboard excursion was £40 each, just for the coach travel to Bruges. The ship (P&O Aurora) laid on a complimentary shuttle bus from the dockside to Blankenberge station (20 mins). Here we paid 7 euros for 2 return rail tickets to Bruges (11 mins). Great value, but only one train an hour, so get to the station on time, to catch the train which leaves at 53 mins to the hour. 25 min walk from Bruges station to the old town, did a 12 euro boat trip round the canals, glorious weather, and the city was busy. Lots of places to eat. We walked back to the station (not well sign posted, so pay attention when you walk in) and caught the once an hour train back. This leaves at 55 mins to the hour to Blankenberge. An excellent day and great value.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
  • jaybeeFL
    Palm Harbor, Florida3,339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Real Beauty
    Took a 2 hour pedicab tour through much of the historic center of Bruge stopping at various key locations to take in the full character of the old city. They included the Markt and Burg squares, the various canals, Belfort, Beginhof, Minnwater and many others. I can't say enough positives about the sheer beauty and character of this incredible city. It should be on everyone's "bucket list".
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Sònia A
    Reus, Spain846 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place
    We visited this place in August. It was very crowded and sometimes stressful. There were many groups of tourists everywhere, so eating and taking photos were a bit challenging. It's a wonderful place, so it's normal to have to contend with other tourists.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • travelinspiration
    Dallas, Texas355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the BEST most magical towns in all of Europe - MUST SEE!!!
    Bruges lived up to all our high expectations in EVERY WAY!!! Soooo much to see, every single corner/street is magically idyllic like a postcard, fairy tale!!! Definitely the BEST place to visit in Belgium!! We explored everywhere and nothing disappointed - would visit many times over (esp. on a non-cruise day when less crowded)!!!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Trek672372
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing!
    Bruges is a must-see and must-stay. The old town actually IS just as beautiful and stunning as the pictures tell you! We stayed there three nights, which I think is perfect. However, people ride like madmen on their bikes there and there are actually very few zones where you can walk without looking out for bicycles or cars.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
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R T
York109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Yes Bruge is busy, Yes Bruge is touristy and No it isn't cheap but that's because Bruge is a beautiful. picture perfect city. I have been many times and still wouldn't hesitate to go back. Avoid eating on the main square but definitely have a drink there to watch the world go by and definitely think about making restaurant reservations in advance as a lot of the restaurants get quite full. Unlike others, I don't rate the Christmas market though - it's small, doesn't really change from year to year, busy and a bit on the tacky side of things. Does this stop me visiting in December/early January, no, but I wouldn't be going for the market anyway. There are a lot of things to see and do in Bruge and a lot that is close by to visit - rent a bike and get out of the city.
Written January 8, 2020
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Cargs101
Perth, Australia128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited Bruges for 4 nights over Christmas. This gave us time to enjoy walking the city once the day trippers have left. It is such a beautiful place to walk and enjoy the sights any time of day but at night with the lights and mist it is amazing.
At Christmas there are a number of markets in the central area where you can enjoy beer, food and trinket shopping. The markets are not as good as some of the German markets we have been to but they are still a nice place to spend an hour or so.
If you have the chance to spend time in Belgium then Bruges is a must visit and it should be more than just a day trip to enjoy it fully.
Written March 7, 2020
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Belkys H
Oakville, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Bruges – an unforgettable experience. From the cosmopolitan London arrived to the tiny Bruges via the Eurostar train, in just 3 hours. Bruges is the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium that is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Bruges is a treasury cove full of activity in spite of the weather. It is easy to explore and there are surprises at any corner. There are plenty of things to do there, whatever you do; it will be a Belgian experience. · The Historium: a great way to understand Bruges medieval heritage in 2 hours.
· The Groeningen Museum: this museum features great painting by the Flanders primitives Jan Van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Gerald David and others great artist from the 1400-1500. · Church of Our Lady: Bruges has many churches, however only seeing this one is mesmerizing. The building itself is a masterpiece. It hosts a Michelangelo sculpture and medieval structures with fresco paintings, among other medieval pieces. I love the iron work and the arches in the ceiling.
· Saint Joseph Hospital or the Menlingae: it was hospital in medieval times, now it is a well elegant museum that hosts six painting of Hans Memling. The building is worth the visit and seeing 6 Memling at the same time made my day.
· The Christmas market: with many of the delicious treats from the region.

Bruges offers a great shopping experience as well; many local and international brands are found here. Belgian chocolate is everywhere! And of course the Belgian beer is a must. I tried Straffe Hendrik from the local Half Moon and it was amazing! There are many other things to see in Bruges, however only be there near the market would be enough to get a taste of this enchanted city.
Written January 12, 2020
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Sandro PB
Helmsange, Luxembourg192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Even on a cold grey weekend in February Bruges is teeming with people. It is a beautiful city and you can wander among the old buildings along the banks of the canals and, better still, take a boat trip for 40 minutes at Euro 10 per head and get an understanding of the place from the commentary. Lots to see and do, beers and coffee to drink and good things to eat.
Written February 24, 2020
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AtlanticTyger
Columbus, OH1,007 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
My wife and I visited Bruges in October and even with high expectations, we were incredibly pleased by the historic beauty of this gorgeous Canal town. The old city is incredibly walkable and the autumn is a wonderful time to stroll in a leisurely manner in such a beautiful and relaxing setting. All I can add is that we would like to go back again soon.
Written January 31, 2020
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Wiseolly
Llandudno, UK277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was December 29th and the world and his wife were in Brugge. We have found a difference in a few years where we used to be able to walk around and seek out little spots to eat at a reasonable price but everything has become so commercial and overcrowded and expensive. The delight has gone from our love of Brugge. Locals were having to wheel their bikes, that have priority, and some were even carrying them. The weight of people were taking their toll as even at the church of the Holy Blood the general boise and disrespect on the stairs and in the church was incredable. Do the masses actually appreciate where they are these days.
Still a special city which was easily overwhelmed.
Written January 8, 2020
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AnnPalmerUK
137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We were on a cruise that docked in Zeebrugge and went to Bruges for the day. The shipboard excursion was £40 each, just for the coach travel to Bruges. The ship (P&O Aurora) laid on a complimentary shuttle bus from the dockside to Blankenberge station (20 mins). Here we paid 7 euros for 2 return rail tickets to Bruges (11 mins). Great value, but only one train an hour, so get to the station on time, to catch the train which leaves at 53 mins to the hour. 25 min walk from Bruges station to the old town, did a 12 euro boat trip round the canals, glorious weather, and the city was busy. Lots of places to eat. We walked back to the station (not well sign posted, so pay attention when you walk in) and caught the once an hour train back. This leaves at 55 mins to the hour to Blankenberge. An excellent day and great value.
Written August 16, 2023
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Tom S
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Brugge has a lot of history, and probably if you know where to look, you can get some interesting insights. For me, the art museum was quite unusual, as well as the art within the Eglise, and the privately owned Jerusalem Church was surprisingly moving and mysterious. The center of Brugge itself, however, is a bit of a nightmare. There are so many tourists that it is literally difficult to find space on the sidewalk to walk. Everywhere there are overpriced knick-knacks and meals, so it is like being in an upscale mall on the weekend. Even the boat tour, while worthwhile, felt like a Disneyland ride and midday you will have to wait in line for anything popular. Fascinating moments are yours for the finding, around the edges, but you need to search pretty hard, and meanwhile your purse will be substantially lightened.
Written July 28, 2023
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Blue
Henley-on-Thames, UK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Canals, cobbled streets, medieval buildings and the treat of less tourists but continuing Christmas market and Christmas decorations adding to the magical feel. Very early January is such a good time to visit.
as art lovers we were disappointed by our visit to the Groeningen Museum as we was enticed in by names like Jan Van Eyck, Hieronymous Bosch and Bruegel but there were only one or two of these. We were disappointed by the small number of first rate pieces and while some of those lesser known local artists were not without merit, most left us cold. Staff seemed bored and were rude.
The town is the star of the show and every day we walked and found delights around every corner. Belgian chocolate is everywhere and it's delicious as is the hot chocolate. The beer's good too!
Written January 13, 2020
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Heidi G
Belgium173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
As we visited Bruges in August 2020 it was rather quiet (much less tourists) and I enjoyed the city centre much more then previous visits. We were also on our bikes, so you can get around the city easy. Also biking around the outer canal all around Bruges through the parks is recommended.
Written August 12, 2020
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