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 City Reviews

  • 70%


    Pretty neat!

    Bruges is lovely - a well maintained, pretty, old town, with plenty of history. There are amazing views from up the Bell tower, and lots of streets and courtyards to explore. A canal boat ride is worth it. There are, however, a reasonable amount of other tourists, as it is a very pretty town!

    Insider Tip:Go up the bell tower first thing in the morning - no lines! Also, do a walking tour!

  • 60%


    Very pretty but not much else to do...

    We had two full days in Bruges, which was probably one day too many. It's stunning but tiny so to wander around and take everything in doesn't take very long. We hadn't seen the movie 'In Bruges' so the town walking tour (based on the movie) didn't appeal. Definitely a beautiful place to visit, drink beers, sample chocolate etc. but there aren't a whole lot of non-beer-related ways to pass the time.

    Insider Tip:Don't eat anywhere near the big squares - as you'd expect it's crazy expensive. The smaller streets offer gems like Pasta Delizia: super cheap pasta in a box for like five euros (the price of a coffee in the main square). If you're going to splash out though visit Ribs n Beer and order the all you can eat ribs in a Belgian chocolate and beer sauce. It'll change your life (be sure to book).

  • 100%



    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.

  • 80%


    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.

  • 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.

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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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