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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.

Basilica of the Holy Blood

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.

St Salvator’s Cathedral

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.

Béguinage
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Béguinage

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.

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!

Groeninge Museum
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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.

Belfry of Bruges

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.

Church of Our Lady Bruges

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 Bruges 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

  • Language
    Dutch, German and French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +32
  • 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

The trip was great from start to finish. Coach was clean and comfortable. Perfect amount of time in both cities and the tour enabled us to see a lot of different interesting things. Our tour guide Andrea was great - really informative and had lots of interesting facts. The use of microphone and earphones meant we could hear everything. Overall it was a fantastic trip and would 100% recommend.

From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day-Tour Reviewed by Demi-lee, 03/09/2020

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.

Bruges 90 Minute Tour Reviewed by Kristel, 07/05/2020

The whole tour ran smoothly with every easy instructions from where to meet, Bruges was gorgeous and we were lucky enough to have a wonderful English tour guide who was very knowledgeable about the history and was happy to answer all of our questions and even take our photos.

Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam Reviewed by Caitlin, 03/02/2020

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 !

Bruges 90 Minute Tour Reviewed by Brigitte, 07/11/2020