City Guide Bruges, Belgium

Visiting Bruges

Bruges - the Venice of the north - is the rising star of Europe's well-preserved medieval towns. The Belgian town is a joy on foot and a touristic pincushion of fun sights and activities.

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Bruges Podcasts

Bruges - Churches, basilicas, canals and more

Bruges, Belgium's most visited city, is a city with many attractions. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Anne De Meerleer from Bruges' tourist office to and discover these range from a basilica with the blood of Christ and a host of canals.

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Brussels - a video postcard

Take a look around Brussels in our video postcard. See its main sights such as the Grand Place, Mannekin Pis and more.

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Bruges City Reviews

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    Brugge, Belgium

    The most magical European city you will ever go to. Cobblestone streets lined with quaint buildings, loads of fine Belgian chocolate shops, and restaurants with lovely patios. Spend you day meandering the streets, taking a canal tour, climbing to the top of the belfry, taking in some of their museums, or chilling in our of their gorgeous parks! Plan to keep extending your stay, because everyday you'll love Bruges more.

    Insider Tip:- Spring was an amazing time to visit, the only thing that makes Brugge more beautiful are flowers in full bloom! - The weekend is busy, the trains come in with loads of tourists - leave the map in your pocket and get lost

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    A mix of Amsterdam and Venice

    Bruges is amazingly beautiful! It's a city that you have to see! The buildings made me think on Amsterdam and the canals with the romantic atmosphere reminded me Venice! I and my friends stopped in every corner to take a picture! The city is incredible beauty! In my opinion, Bruges is much better city to visit than Brussels, Belgium Capital.

    Insider Tip:You have to climb the Belfry, which is on the south side of the Markt. The view from there is gorgeous!

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    I included Bruges in my travel plans in order to attend an outdoor festival that was happening there but ended up pleasantly surprised with the town. It is very accessible and small, with quaint sights and delicious waffles (seriously, the best I've had anywhere). I was there in July and there were quite a lot of tourists as it seems geared towards that (the square is full of horse drawn carriages carting tourists around).

    Insider Tip:Not a lot of cheap eating options so seek out the supermarkets. Try to come during the off season. Not a whole lot to do at night so it's a good place to chill in between destinations.

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    Beware of the tourists. Brugge is an average town. Nothing special and not necessary to stay there. A day trip by train is good enough to get a feel for the city.

    Insider Tip:Get a bike and get away from the old city center.

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    Belguim friendly and fun

    The people of Belguim are of the friendliest folk that I have ever met! The food is fantastic and their Christmas markets are very fun! Definately must do for anyone!

    Insider Tip:Try the belguim wafels. You wont regret it!

Belgium: Itinerary

Over 1,000 years old, Brussels is one of Europe's classic capitals. Its main square is often regarded as one of the world's most beautiful, while there are also some more majestic ones too. This city is also the EU capital full of official government offices to walk around just outside of the city.

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