Bruges at a glance
Europe's finest example of a medieval town, Bruges offers an appealing charm with meandering canals, ornate townhouses and Gothic architecture. Artistry is at its peak in this peaceful city where a postcard landscape and friendly charm are guaranteed.
Sharing Amsterdam’s title of ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges is made up of a collection of canals that once made it a prime location for trade. Today the canals create a picturesque addition to the gabled buildings and cobblestone lanes that line the waterfront. One of the best ways to take in the sites of the city is by boat where you can glide peacefully beneath enchanting bridges and encounter the city’s legendary swans.
Visiting Bruges is like stepping back in time. Its age old streets and extraordinary canals are accented by its rich heritage and warm, welcoming atmosphere, making it an appealing city break destination.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- A romantic short break
- Picturesque setting
- Historical attractions
Bruges is a compact city, making it easy to explore on foot or bike. It is estimated that up to 60% of all incoming traffic to the city are cyclists and there is keen support both from city officials as well as locals to continue to embrace a bike friendly atmosphere.
Other transportation methods in the city include a local bus network, horse drawn carriages and canal boat tours.
Dining in Bruges
While there are plenty of fine dining options in the city, the real palate treasure of Bruges is its chocolatiers. Fresh talent as well as established favourites preside over chocolate creations where art form meets decadence. Whether you are seeking unique combinations or time tested favourites, the standard of chocolate is always high.
Must-try local dishes:
- Stoverij - A hearty beef casserole made with beer and served with fries.
- Moules-frites - The mussels and fries combo is a very popular dish in Bruges.
- Belgian Waffles - These famous, delicious buttery waffles topped with anything you'd like!
Shopping in Bruges
Shopping is a delightful experience in Bruges, with traffic banned from the main shopping streets on Saturdays and shopping Sundays, a name coined for the first Sunday of every month dedicated to shopping in the city. There are several authentic art and antiques shops for those special finds too. There is a food market dominating Market Square on Wednesdays, and weekends in March through to November for lovely markets selling bric-a-brac and crafts.
Osprey Holidays top tips
For a truly romantic evening dine by candlelight in one of the city's many restaurants.
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Bruges designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Bruges hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 117,170 Languages French, English, Flemish Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Ostend-Bruges International 37 km
- Railway stations
Bruges Central Station