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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.
Accommodation in Bruges
The Expedia Bruges hotels guide contains no less than 231 high-end and affordable hotel and apartment options, so there's a wide range to please everyone.
In Bruges's highly desirable high-end range of accommodations are the Hotel De Orangerie, Kartuizerinnenstraat 10, and the Pand Hotel, Pandreitje 16. In the same high-end price range, there is also the Hotel Dukes’ Palace Bruges and the Hotel Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce - A Luxe Worldwide Hotel. The Hotel Dukes’ Palace Bruges is located at Prinsenhof 8, while the Hotel Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce - A Luxe Worldwide Hotel is found at Wollestraat 41-47.
Located in Bruges Center, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Noordzandstraat, Bruges Market Square, and Bruges Belfry. Church of Our Lady and Groeningemuseum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Bruges Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Diamond Museum, Minnewater, and Church of Our Lady. Groeningemuseum and Bruges Belfry are also within 15 minutes.
This elegant 17th-century listed mansion house hotel enjoys a prime location in the heart of the historical city center of Bruges, only 100 metres from the main square and its famous Belfry tower, and all the major attractions and shopping streets.
Located in Bruges Center, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Friet Museum, Bruges Market Square, and Bruges Belfry. Groeningemuseum and Basilica of the Holy Blood are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Blankenberge, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Goolfy Blacklight Minigolf, Serpentarium, and Leopoldpark. Belle Epoque Centre and Sandcastles are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Bruges Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Diamond Museum, Church of Our Lady, and Minnewater. Groeningemuseum and Bruges Belfry are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Bruges Center, this romantic hotel is steps from Burg, Basilica of the Holy Blood, and Bruges Belfry. Bruges Market Square and Groeningemuseum are also within 10 minutes.
Centrally-located modern property in Bruges situated 20 metres from the historic Belfry, 50 metres from the market and the city's shopping streets.