With lovely canals and the nickname “Venice of the North”, explore the best attractions to see in lovely Bruges

THE city of bruges is the capital of West Flanders and one of the most beautiful in Belgium. With its charming stone buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, it is full of canals and cultural attractions, being rich in museums and art galleries, responsible for granting the Bruges the title of European Capital of Culture in 2002. In the center of Bruges, the Markt square is a good starting point for exploring the city. Nearby, it is possible to visit the beautiful Church of Nossa Senhora, built in Gothic style during the Middle Ages.

Also on the outskirts of the square is the Belfry of Bruges, one of the most emblematic symbols of the city. This medieval tower is a reference, offering the best view of the entire urban area: 83 meters of clear view of a plain city. The view is lost in the horizon. The Basilica of the Holy Blood is one of the oldest buildings, guarding an important part of the city's history. It dates back to the High Middle Ages, 1157. History merges with the aromas and delights of the dozens of restaurants and cafes that stretch along the banks of the city's canals, where boat trips are recommended to enjoy a lovely afternoon.

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Next to emblematic buildings such as the Belfry of Bruges, the Groeninge Museum, which preserves one of the most prestigious collections of Flemish painting from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as modern works and some temporary exhibitions.

Completing your itinerary, be sure to taste the delights of Belgian chocolates, try Choco-Story, one of the most famous stores in the country.

What to do in Bruges

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market square

Ideal place to start your walking tour, don't miss this beautiful square, which has been one of the most important places in Bruges since the Middle Ages. The buildings that surround it today date back to 1850's reconstructions and modernizations, but some iconic landmarks still stand, such as the Belfry of Bruges. Also explore the restaurants, shops, chocolatiers and coffee shops in the surrounding streets.

Belfry of Bruges

This is undoubtedly the most iconic building in Bruges. This bell tower has part of its structure dating from 1240, having served as a court of justice and the center of power and decisions of the city throughout the Middle Ages. Over the centuries, fires and reconstructions have adapted the building, whose most emblematic work was the construction of the tower in neo-Gothic style in 1822. It is worth taking a guided tour to explore more details of the history of the building that merges with the city.

Church of Our Lady

right in the heart of Bruges, one of the most emblematic and charismatic churches, that of Nossa Senhora. Built in the 1200s, it has been adapted over the centuries, gaining works by painters such as Michelangelo.

Basilica of the Holy Blood

Famous for containing what the faithful believe to be a relic with the blood of Christ, which would have been brought from the Holy Land. Its architecture mixes Romanesque and Gothic style. It has an interesting collection of works of sacred art.

Groeninge Museum

maybe one of best places to visit and get to know the beauty of Flemish art better. This museum has one of the largest collections, with works by painters such as Jan van Eyck. It has a vast collection covering movements such as Baroque, Expressionist, Neoclassical and Modernism. It is worth investing a few hours of your day with the guided tour.

Boat ride

explore the city of bruges from one of its best angles, if there is a tour to do in Bruges, even in a one day itinerary, and the boat ride. There are several vessels and companies operating in the city. Choose the one that best fits your budget.


To taste one of the best chocolates in Belgium, be sure to visit one of the Choco-Story units, one of the most renowned brands. There are several bonbons and desserts, prepared with the best Belgian chocolate.

How to get to Bruges

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The best way to get to Bruges is via Brussels International Airport (BRU), which is connected to Bruges via the rail system or the E40 highway, in a journey of 1h40.

Best time to visit Bruges

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The best time to visit Bruges is between May and October, when it is usually hotter.

Where to stay in Bruges

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The Historic Center of Bruges is a great choice for travelers interested in nightlife and a good location. THE Dunkes Palace Hotel features 5 stars and is located in a former 15th century ducal residence in Bruges, just 280 meters from the Grote Markt. Another highly recommended option is the Hotel The Peellaert.

A more economical option, but no less cozy, is the Biskajer Hotel.

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