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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Bruges City Reviews

  • 70%


    Nice city

    I visited several cities around Europe and Brujas was one of the best. There are several beautiful buildings, channels, good environment, etc... I've been there at christmas, the markets and the decoration are really nice.

    Insider Tip:Drink beer and eat in the christmas markets.

  • 90%


    Small, Quaint Beautiful City

    Bruges is an amazingly beautiful city. Small and of out of the way, this should be a destination city for any European traveler. More than enough stuff to see and do for a few days. I stayed for 2 1/2 days and could have easily spent a few more days here. The city has been very well preserved and has amazing architecture. The canals add a special charm to the city! You also have the Nordsee just a few kilometers up the road.

    Insider Tip:I had my bicycle with me and seeing the city by bicycle was very accommodating. Bruges is very bicycle friendly and I covered a lot of territory in the couple of days that I was there. One day I was exploring the outer city limits and next thing you know, I was up on the North Sea....it was that close (within probably 20 km.) I would highly recommend that if you are visiting Bruges, that you rent a bicycle to see as much of the city as you can.

  • 100%


    Picturesque beautiful town!

    Bruges is an absolutely gorgeous town. It is very picturesque and has plenty of lovely midevil streets, lots of places to eat and shop. Very clean and safe town where you can really get away from it all and feel like you've taken a step back in time. I really enjoyed my stay!

    Insider Tip:Tripadvisor restaurants or ask a local for a good recommendation since there can be many places that are a bit overpriced and some of the more moderately priced places have food just as good if not better. Eat lots of chocolate! Take lots of pictures! If you want "frites" in the main square if you are standing facing the two shacks that make fries...the one on the left is the best in town (comes from my local tour guide...they were really good fries).

  • 70%


    Beautiful Medieval City, HORRIBLE train station personnel

    There was a really rude short-haired brunette woman at the ticket counter when we arrived. I had purchased a Eurail pass and needed to validate it. She basically yelled at me that I had not properly filled out the form, and demanded that I fill it out. When I returned with the ticket filled out, she said that it was incorrectly filled out, and that It is now an invalid ticket. And I have to go to Bruxelles to correct this mistake. Then to buy our tickets to Bruxelles, we dealt w/4 more ppl.

    Insider Tip:I have been to Europe before, and have never encountered such rudeness and unfriendliness at a train station, and by the way, I know what I'm doing. When we got to Bruxelles, the man said, hey this is no problem, and fixed it with a smile on his face. So, my recommendation: If you have any tickets to validate, or purchase etc, do it before you get to Brugge, so you don't have to deal with this horrid woman! (and other ignorant personnel)

  • 90%


    The Heart of Belgium

    Bruges is my favourite city in Belgium. It is incredibly beautiful with lots of friendly and helpful locals who enjoy showing off their city! So much to do, and everything is within walking distance. Remember to bring a fully charged camera when visiting this town!

    Insider Tip:Buy the Bruges City Pass. Either for 24/48 or 72 hours. You definitely save money as everything is so close to each other.

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