Top attractions in Bruges
The 7 must-see attractions of 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.
1. Basilica of the Holy Blood
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.
2. St Salvator’s Cathedral
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.
4. Loppem Castle
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!
5. Groeninge Museum
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.
6. Belfry of Bruges
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.
7. Church of Our Lady Bruges
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).
Planning Your Visit
How is the weather?
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.
How can I get there?
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.
Good to know
- Dutch, German and French
- Euro (€)
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- Best time to visit
- From 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
Very informative friendly tour. Philippe included an Irish memorial for us and an American memorial for another person on the tour which was great. Ieper is beautiful and the Menin Gate is amazing. Lunch was very good. I crossed the road to Hooge Cemetery with the spare time from lunch. Highly recommend this tour.
We were late for the tour and Filip picked us up at a different spot. Also ended the tour at the place we needed to be next. Total flexible. Filip is friendly and loves his town and this shows when he talks about Bruges and its history. A perfect way to start your visit in this beautiful town.
It was a pleasure to explore Brugge with our host Patrick ! As he was born in Brugge, he knows all the historical details about the city. He also suggested some great restaurants and showed us the best wafel house and choclate store ! Perfect !
Our guide was so knowledgeable, and gave us all the information in a way that you could follow the very detailed history of the war. He also had a good sense of humour.
Thank you for a great day, it was very moving and our guide was incredibly informative