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Top Bruges Tips - Your Insider Tips for Bruges

    Bruges has become one of Belgium’s most popular destinations and after a trip there you will soon see why. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Bruges tips. Here's what you told us...



    Get on your bike

    Christopher Tyler W says:

    Riding a bike through the city, def the best! Which is cheap, useful, and can rent right outside the train station.

    Maria Dombrowski Melillo says:

    Take a bike tour in and around the outskirts of Bruges. It is breathtaking and so peaceful.

    Marie-Eve Gionet says:

    Rent a bike and ride along the canal.

    Machneva Elena says:

    Bring bike with you - old city is very small and it's extremely inconvenient to use car there. In summer they have a lot of festivals with live shows and in summer evenings old city looks so amazing. There is a very nice camping very close to the old city. Try chocolate, some of the types have very interesting ingredients like vasabi - delicious!

    Byron Malcolm says:

    Take a bike ride along the scenic canal out of the town. Also go and visit the old battlefields of the western front.

    Robert José Cuervo says:

    Hire a pushbike and take a ride in around the local villages. Excellent work out for those waffles. Amazing part of the world.



    Visit Ghent

    John Dethier says:

    For pubs and parties, Ghent is definitely better than Bruges!

    Grant Ninnes says:

    Go Ghent instead. Just as beautiful, but unspoilt.



    Sample some local beers

    Chris Holland says:

    Spend as long as you can sampling unique beers...the place is a Mecca! It's not about partying, but enjoying their beer craft. Varieties are amazing.

    Marcos Jonck says:

    Staminee de garre - best beer on earth!

    Serena Grimaldi says:

    Tucked away down a little lane, Bleckersstraat, is Cafe Vlissinghe, it's been serving beer since 1551 (so they say) and it's lovely. Great beer, good food, a beautiful garden and a huge roaring fire! St Christophers hotel/hostel, is a good place to stay and has a great restaurant too!

    Chris Hodges says:

    Sit in the Gambrinus pub - 500 beers to choose from then enjoy the atmosphere as you stumble around.

    Allen Wei Chen says:

    Drink, lounge, socialize & use free wifi @ the underground bar, 't Poatersgat. (and make sure you try the Brugse Zot blonde ale!)



    Take a brewery tour

    Rob Archibald says:

    Zot - Half Moon Brewery, had a fairly good tour but loved the Brugse Zot Blond beer at the end.. lush!

    Alan Keegan says:

    Don't have an assassin after you! But then go to the brewery there and drink Bruges Zot.

    Ahmad Khaled Badr says:

    Do the brewery tour.

    Daniel Weil-Brenner says:

    Go on the De Halve Maan Brewery tour. Their Brugse Zot is amazing beer!



    Explore the city by walking

    Nicolas Detournay says:

    WALK WALK WALK! The city is fantastic!

    Analia Lofiego says:

    Take a day or so to just...WALK around. It's lovely

    Raquel Loback says:

    To me, Bruges is all about finding that missing silence we're always secretly looking for. Walking around with no certain destination and finding beautiful parks, lovely little houses... then celebrating life at the Sacre Coeur with a nice Belgian beer. Bruges is the city I planned on visiting for a day, ended up staying there for 3 days and still can't understand its magic. You'll have to go see it for yourself.



    See the Bruges swans

    Michael Goard says:

    See the swans ... everyone should see the swans at least once before they die. Oh yeah... and stay at the Hotel Jan Brito.



    Visit Flanders Fields

    Stuart Martin says:

    Go to Flanders fields. Drink 12% beers.



    Prepare for all the chocolate

    Sarah Lio-Willie says:

    Pack a pair of pants slightly too big and an extra bag for Leonidas' chocolate! Mmmmmm.. And of course, don't forget Tin Tin

    José Pedro Correia says:

    Go to Chocolate Line and buy a chocolate snorting kit!



    Eat some cheap spaghetti at Brasserie Medard

    Billy Wong says:

    The 3 euros jumbo size spaghetti!

    Catherine McDonald says:

    The cheap spaghetti place is great, a small bowl is big enough! Get some chips and mayo from outside the belfry, drinks lots of beer, eat chocolate and walk around day and night - it's beautiful!



    Stay up late

    Bruno Gonçalves says:

    Don't go to bed before 3 am. Bruges at night is amazing!





    Spend Sunday at the Farmer’s Market

    Netzahualcoyotl Gordillo says:

    Got to try all the food at the farmers market on Sunday specially the spicy sausage sandwiches with a Brugse Zot or a quack beer!



    See Bruges from a boat

    Rodrigo Escobar Jaramillo says:

    Take tour a in boat – it’s good!



    Check out the windmills

    ?hsan Can ?çiuyan says:

    Don't forget the windmills just on the outskirts of the city! Enjoy a peaceful walk there!



  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    Ian Costa says:

    TAKE KAI'S TOUR! beer tastings and pub crawls too!! @Kai Angelet

    Linde De Vos says:

    My personal highlight of Bruges would be the beguinage but it's really hard to single out one top tip as Bruges is really all about the experience. The city of Bruges is like walking into a different century. Few cities have such a pure historical feel to them. It's not just the one location it's the whole place that makes the experience. To respond to some of the pub crawl and beer comments as a native Belgian I'm obliged to recommend Leuven over Bruges, Ghent, Brussels or any other city if you're looking for the best pubs in Belgium. As we Belgians refer to Leuven; Oude Markt: "The longest bar in Europe".

    Lucy Sunshine Foster says:

    Climb up the belltower, it’s a real sense of achievement. Take a boat trip and see all the beautiful buildings and bridges from a different angle. Wander around the back streets and discover your own Bruges - on our last night there, my friend and I were going back to our hotel when we heard music and discovered a brilliant Irish bar down some stone steps. It’s a lovely city, full of surprises round each corner.

    Peter William says:

    Going to De hobbit and eat unlimited ribs. Go to Cafe Vilissinghe – the oldest pub in Belgium, drink Tripel beer, visit Pancho Villa pub when your name is Pancho, but definitely most important is going to WW2 sites around Flanders. Oh I forgot. Go see the upside down cannon. And touching the apparent vial of Christ’s blood.

  • Hopefully these top Bruges tips will help you make to most of your visit to Bruges.


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    Bruges has become one of Belgium’s most popular destinations and after a trip there you will soon see why. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Bruges tips. Here's what you told us...



    Get on your bike

    Christopher Tyler W says:

    Riding a bike through the city, def the best! Which is cheap, useful, and can rent right outside the train station.

    Maria Dombrowski Melillo says:

    Take a bike tour in and around the outskirts of Bruges. It is breathtaking and so peaceful.

    Marie-Eve Gionet says:

    Rent a bike and ride along the canal.

    Machneva Elena says:

    Bring bike with you - old city is very small and it's extremely inconvenient to use car there. In summer they have a lot of festivals with live shows and in summer evenings old city looks so amazing. There is a very nice camping very close to the old city. Try chocolate, some of the types have very interesting ingredients like vasabi - delicious!

    Byron Malcolm says:

    Take a bike ride along the scenic canal out of the town. Also go and visit the old battlefields of the western front.

    Robert José Cuervo says:

    Hire a pushbike and take a ride in around the local villages. Excellent work out for those waffles. Amazing part of the world.



    Visit Ghent

    John Dethier says:

    For pubs and parties, Ghent is definitely better than Bruges!

    Grant Ninnes says:

    Go Ghent instead. Just as beautiful, but unspoilt.



    Sample some local beers

    Chris Holland says:

    Spend as long as you can sampling unique beers...the place is a Mecca! It's not about partying, but enjoying their beer craft. Varieties are amazing.

    Marcos Jonck says:

    Staminee de garre - best beer on earth!

    Serena Grimaldi says:

    Tucked away down a little lane, Bleckersstraat, is Cafe Vlissinghe, it's been serving beer since 1551 (so they say) and it's lovely. Great beer, good food, a beautiful garden and a huge roaring fire! St Christophers hotel/hostel, is a good place to stay and has a great restaurant too!

    Chris Hodges says:

    Sit in the Gambrinus pub - 500 beers to choose from then enjoy the atmosphere as you stumble around.

    Allen Wei Chen says:

    Drink, lounge, socialize & use free wifi @ the underground bar, 't Poatersgat. (and make sure you try the Brugse Zot blonde ale!)



    Take a brewery tour

    Rob Archibald says:

    Zot - Half Moon Brewery, had a fairly good tour but loved the Brugse Zot Blond beer at the end.. lush!

    Alan Keegan says:

    Don't have an assassin after you! But then go to the brewery there and drink Bruges Zot.

    Ahmad Khaled Badr says:

    Do the brewery tour.

    Daniel Weil-Brenner says:

    Go on the De Halve Maan Brewery tour. Their Brugse Zot is amazing beer!



    Explore the city by walking

    Nicolas Detournay says:

    WALK WALK WALK! The city is fantastic!

    Analia Lofiego says:

    Take a day or so to just...WALK around. It's lovely

    Raquel Loback says:

    To me, Bruges is all about finding that missing silence we're always secretly looking for. Walking around with no certain destination and finding beautiful parks, lovely little houses... then celebrating life at the Sacre Coeur with a nice Belgian beer. Bruges is the city I planned on visiting for a day, ended up staying there for 3 days and still can't understand its magic. You'll have to go see it for yourself.



    See the Bruges swans

    Michael Goard says:

    See the swans ... everyone should see the swans at least once before they die. Oh yeah... and stay at the Hotel Jan Brito.



    Visit Flanders Fields

    Stuart Martin says:

    Go to Flanders fields. Drink 12% beers.



    Prepare for all the chocolate

    Sarah Lio-Willie says:

    Pack a pair of pants slightly too big and an extra bag for Leonidas' chocolate! Mmmmmm.. And of course, don't forget Tin Tin

    José Pedro Correia says:

    Go to Chocolate Line and buy a chocolate snorting kit!



    Eat some cheap spaghetti at Brasserie Medard

    Billy Wong says:

    The 3 euros jumbo size spaghetti!

    Catherine McDonald says:

    The cheap spaghetti place is great, a small bowl is big enough! Get some chips and mayo from outside the belfry, drinks lots of beer, eat chocolate and walk around day and night - it's beautiful!



    Stay up late

    Bruno Gonçalves says:

    Don't go to bed before 3 am. Bruges at night is amazing!





    Spend Sunday at the Farmer’s Market

    Netzahualcoyotl Gordillo says:

    Got to try all the food at the farmers market on Sunday specially the spicy sausage sandwiches with a Brugse Zot or a quack beer!



    See Bruges from a boat

    Rodrigo Escobar Jaramillo says:

    Take tour a in boat – it’s good!



    Check out the windmills

    ?hsan Can ?çiuyan says:

    Don't forget the windmills just on the outskirts of the city! Enjoy a peaceful walk there!



  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    Ian Costa says:

    TAKE KAI'S TOUR! beer tastings and pub crawls too!! @Kai Angelet

    Linde De Vos says:

    My personal highlight of Bruges would be the beguinage but it's really hard to single out one top tip as Bruges is really all about the experience. The city of Bruges is like walking into a different century. Few cities have such a pure historical feel to them. It's not just the one location it's the whole place that makes the experience. To respond to some of the pub crawl and beer comments as a native Belgian I'm obliged to recommend Leuven over Bruges, Ghent, Brussels or any other city if you're looking for the best pubs in Belgium. As we Belgians refer to Leuven; Oude Markt: "The longest bar in Europe".

    Lucy Sunshine Foster says:

    Climb up the belltower, it’s a real sense of achievement. Take a boat trip and see all the beautiful buildings and bridges from a different angle. Wander around the back streets and discover your own Bruges - on our last night there, my friend and I were going back to our hotel when we heard music and discovered a brilliant Irish bar down some stone steps. It’s a lovely city, full of surprises round each corner.

    Peter William says:

    Going to De hobbit and eat unlimited ribs. Go to Cafe Vilissinghe – the oldest pub in Belgium, drink Tripel beer, visit Pancho Villa pub when your name is Pancho, but definitely most important is going to WW2 sites around Flanders. Oh I forgot. Go see the upside down cannon. And touching the apparent vial of Christ’s blood.

  • Hopefully these top Bruges tips will help you make to most of your visit to Bruges.


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