Top Tours & Activities in Bruges
A medieval town criss-crossed with canals and cobbled lanes; it’s easy to see why so many tourists visit Bruges each year. There’s a beautiful building on every corner, but if you’re wondering what to do, be sure to visit at least a few of our top seven sightseeing spots.
If it weren’t impressive enough that this 12th Century church is still standing, it also displays a relic of the blood of Jesus Christ. Visit mid-week to avoid too many tourists.
Visit this cathedral in the Old Town Square to take in the beautifully restored Gothic building and the historic artworks inside. Visitors can tour every morning around services.
This series of pretty, white townhouses would be every Instagrammer’s dream – were it not now a convent for Benedictine nuns. Come in the spring to enjoy the daffodils.
You’ll think you’ve stumbled into a Disney film as you approach this turreted castle, surrounded by water and fit for a princess. To not get lost in the garden maze, follow a wall!
Neoclassicism? Check. Expressionism? Check. Post-war modern art? Check! There’s something for every art-lover at the Groeninge Museum. Entry is 8€ or free with some city passes.
You can’t miss this imposing landmark. Climb the tower for panoramic views if you’re feeling fit and happy to queue, or wait until evening to enjoy it lit up from the square.
Parts of the building are currently under renovation, but this beautiful church is worth a visit just to see Michaelangelo’s Madonna and Child (for just 3€ while works continue).
Bruges is not a hot or humid city, making it a great place to sightsee comfortably all summer (expect highs of 21 degrees and take a jacket for the evening). However, it’s busy most weekends, so consider planning a trip mid-week to have more of the city to yourself. Winter can be cold, making it a good choice if you like to avoid crowds, but the Christmas markets are a pretty and popular draw during the festive season.
Flights to Bruges from Europe can often be relatively inexpensive if you consider a low-cost airline into Ostend airport. Direct flights from further afield also land at this international airport. It’s easily accessible by train from many major European cities, including Paris and London via the Eurostar. The ferry is another popular option.
- LanguageDutch, German and French
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+32
- Best time to visitFrom April to May, it's still a bit chilly but the city's fauna is blooming and it's possible to get some great accommodation deals! From June to August, the temperatures are warmest, the trees are green, but there are definitely more crowds, too.
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What People Are Saying About Bruges
Paul is amazing. He was born in the hospital in Bruges and he is highly educated in law and he showed us places and tell us the history of each place and his own stories of his childhood which make our tour so good that we wish we have more time to learn more from him. We highly recommend Paul when you are in Bruges. Thank you Paul.
We went with our 14 year old son. Visited wide range of places and given just the right amount of information. The Tour held all of our interest,Phillipe was very knowledgeable,witty and sensitive to the subject. Well organised,right amount of stops,and enjoyed lunch at the Museum.
Highly recommend. Guide was fun, knowledgeable, & extremely helpful. A great day was planned for us & thoroughly enjoyed it.
The number of sites visited was about right for the day, and enough time was spent at each to allow us to absorb and evaluate. Perhaps the last stop, at Ieper, cold have been a little longer. A friendly humorous personable leader who allowed the seriousness of what we were seeing.
An excellent tour. Well organised and very informative. Guide was local so very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Also very pleasant, friendly and helpful. Took us to see places we would otherwise never have known about, nevermind found.