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

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Bruges Pocket Guide

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Bruges City Reviews

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    I visited almost all Belgium, Brugge, Antwerp, Gent and Brussel and I could not see any place like Brugge. It was unbeliavable. No billboard, no mall, no advertisement, there is just tourism. Belfort, canals, phaeton, swans, bridges, museums, beers, chocolates and many other epic stuff.

    Insider Tip:Get a museum card, they give guide and map to you for free after that just walk at the city of perfection. Do not hesitate to lost tour way for the reason that every roads, streets and paths are terrific.

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    Cultural Buildings

    The buildings there are really of another age and generation. Most of it is left in its tradition design and it really brings out the culture of the place.

    Insider Tip:The night has relatively dark streets, however, it feel safe to stay out.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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