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Places that stir all your senses and that pluck your heartstrings are extremely rare. These are the places that touch you deeply, yet whose secrets you can’t unlock completely. Bruges happens to be such a unique place. Cultural and artistic, cosmopolitan, unashamedly Burgundian, mysteriously medieval, and a Unesco World Heritage site to boot. Strolling along the narrow alleys, picturesque canals and verdant ramparts you cannot help but fall hopelessly in love with its elegant mysteriousness.

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A Favourable Location

In the early Middle Ages, Bruges developed into an international and bustling trading city with its own port, made possible by its favourable location and connection with the sea. At the same time, the fortified town became a powerful political stronghold, thanks to the presence of the Flemish Counts, who ruled over the County of Flanders. In the 13th century, Bruges was the leading trade centre of northwestern Europe. Merchants from all over Europe settled in the city and the world’s first ever stock exchange (‘Beurs’ in Dutch) was founded in Bruges. These market activities took place in front of the house owned by a powerful family of brokers, the Van der Beurse family. As a result, their name became linked for all time with this kind of financial institution. In spite of the typical medieval maladies, the citizens of Bruges prospered, and soon the city developed a magnet-like appeal. Around 1340, the inner city numbered no fewer than 35,000 inhabitants.

The Golden Century

The success continued, and in the 15th century — Bruges’ golden century — business was even better than ever before. This was owing to the fact that from the end of the 14th century Flanders was part of the realm of the dukes of Burgundy. They expanded their presence in Bruges, turning the city into a cultural and commercial centre that was second to none. In addition to the traditional broadcloth, numerous new luxury goods were now produced and sold. Famous painters such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling — the great Flemish primitives — found their creative niche here. Fine arts flourished and in addition to wonderful churches and unique ‘nation houses’ (embassies), the monumental town hall was also completed. Bruges’ success seemed unstoppable.


The sudden death of the much loved ruler, Mary of Burgundy, in 1482 heralded the start of new and less fortunate times for the city. The relationship between the citizens of Bruges and their lord, the widower Maximilian of Austria, turned sour. The Burgundian court left the city, with the international traders following in its wake. To make matters worse, Bruges’ connection with the sea quickly silted up. The Golden Age had passed and was succeeded by long periods of war and regime changes. By the time Belgium gained independence in 1830, Bruges was a poor and impoverished provincial city. Strangely enough, the city's fortunes were changed for the better when a certain novel was written.


In Bruges la Morte (1892), Georges Rodenbach aptly describes Bruges as a somewhat sleepy, yet extremely mysterious place. In particular, the 35 pictures that were included in the book for illustrative purposes sparked his readers’ curiosity. Soon Bruges’ magnificent patrimony was rediscovered and its mysterious intimacy turned out to be its greatest asset. With great care, Bruges took its first steps into tourism. The age-old desire to be connected with the sea resulted in the development of a new international seaport at the end of the 19th century, which was given the name of Zeebrugge.

Bruges Today

During the First World War, Zeebrugge became the operational base for the German submarine fleet, coordinated from their headquarters on the market square in Bruges. In the Second World War, the city again was occupied and again was spared destruction. Fortunately, both world wars left the historic city centre virtually unscathed, making Bruges increasingly appealing to visitors and culture-lovers alike. Its beauty and attraction was confirmed in 2000, when UNESCO classified the entire medieval inner city as a world heritage site. The rest, as they say, is history.

Bruges in 360°

Explore Bruges from your living room. Thanks to the cleverly stitched spherical images you can truly immerse yourself in our city. Start the 360° virtual tour following the link below.

Triennial Bruges in 360°

Every three years the Triennial Bruges brings contemporary art and architecture to the historic city centre of Bruges. A virtual exploration of the Triennial Bruges 2021 in all its glory via a 360° tour is available at the link below. The next Triennial Bruges will take place in the summer of 2024.

Bruges’ Historic City Centre

The entire historic centre of Bruges is a designated World Heritage site. This is especially unusual and there is a number of reasons behind it. Both the structure and the architecture of the city point to Bruges’ prominent past as one of Europe’s most significant trade centres: from the unique pattern of the streets to the well-preserved second defensive city ramparts, the canal network (‘reien’) and the city’s material heritage. Bruges’ medieval past has also been expertly preserved and carefully renovated. The remarkable visual unity of the city was also well-preserved thanks to the carefully-considered Neo-Gothic style. Despite the fact that many centuries have gone by, Bruges’ skyline remains unchanged. Modern Bruges is an architecturally coherent whole, with a clearly defined historic centre that is without false notes or visual noise. A beautiful sight that has stood proud for many centuries. Bruges is also considered to be the birthplace of the Flemish primitives, a group of painters who elevated Bruges’ status to that of an internationally renowned centre for art in the 15th century. You can still marvel at many works of art by the world-renowned masters in Bruges, the city where the works were created.

Procession of the Holy Blood

Every year on Ascension Day (forty days after Easter), the Procession of the Holy Blood passes through the historic city centre of Bruges. The Procession of the Holy Blood was first held in 1304 as an expression of gratitude and faith. More than 1700 participants sing, play music, dance and act. The style of the procession reminds of the Burgundian time when guildsmen, craftsmen, brotherhoods and Chambers of rhetoric were responsible for the performance of the scenes. The dominating theme is the remembrance of the suffering of Jesus Christ. The biblical narrations constitute the basis of the procession. Thematically, the Procession of the Holy Blood is divided into four parts. The evocation starts with the Old Testament, from Creation to the prophets. Next comes the New Testament, from Birth in Bethlehem to Pentecost. The third part tells how the relic of the Holy Blood ended up in Bruges. In the last part, the members of the Noble Brotherhood of the Holy Blood accompany the shrine in which the precious relic is stored. Watching the procession pass by is free, but you can also see the event from a bench or the stands. In that case, you will need to purchase a ticket.
Adresse: The route passes through the city centre
Åpningstider: Start in the Dijver at 2:30 pm and ends around 5:30 pm

Bruges and the Carillon — a Shared History

A carillon is a percussion music instrument that consists of at least 23 cast bronze bells and is played with a keyboard. The carillon first saw the limelight in the 16th century when rich cities like Bruges embellished their belfries and steeples with tower bells. In the 17th century, the technique was refined and by the end of the 19th century, the carillon was increasingly used as a musical instrument in its own right — not related, therefore, to towers and churches. Since November 2014, UNESCO has recognised the Belgian carillon culture as Intangible Cultural Heritage. Those who wish to listen to a spot of carillon can do so at the Market Square of Bruges (carillon with 47 bells), the Grootseminarie (theological academy) of Bruges (26 bells), Damme Town Hall (39 bells) and the Church of Lissewege (24 bells).

Belgian Beer Culture

Nobody in Belgium was particularly surprised when UNESCO designated Belgian beer culture as Intangible Cultural Heritage. When you drink a beer here, you are tasting history. And it tastes pretty good, too! There are many breweries in Bruges and the surrounding area, ranging from the large-scale crowd-pullers to the smaller micro-breweries. Many restaurants also like to cook with local beers, serving classic recipes as well as some more contemporary dishes. Bruges even has its very own city beer — Brugse Zot. This beer became an instant classic for the people of Bruges. Add to this the many cafes with their extensive beer menus and the renowned winter beer festival and you’ve got a city simply bursting with Belgian beer culture, not to mention its great history of beer going back many centuries.


The most striking tower in Bruges dates back to the 13th century. It is 83 metres high and is protected as a world heritage site. Anyone who climbs all 366 steps will be rewarded with a stunning view over the city and its surroundings. On your way up, you can pause at the treasury, which held the city’s charters, seals and coffers during the Middle Ages. A few steps further on you will see the impressive music drum that operates the carillon and the keyboard used by the city carillonneur to play the tower’s 47 carillon bells. Bruges’ Belfry has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999.
Adresse: Markt 7, Bruges
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–8pm (until 6pm in winter)
Billetter: Standard ticket €14


The 'Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde' with its white-coloured house fronts and tranquil convent garden was founded in 1245. This little piece of world heritage was once the home of the beguines, emancipated lay-women who nevertheless led a pious and celibate life. Today the beguinage is inhabited by nuns of the Order of St. Benedict and several Bruges women who have decided to remain unmarried. The Beguinage was recognised as a World Heritage site in 1998.
Adresse: Begijnhof

Rozenhoedkaai — a Typical City View

Welcome to the city’s most popular spot for photography, a centuries-old Instagrammable hotspot. Once upon a time, rosaries were sold here; today it provides one of the city’s loveliest views. The perfect place for a selfie with your beloved. Summer or winter, morning and evening, sun or rain, the romance of the Rozenhoedkaai always works its magic.
Adresse: Rozenhoedkaai, Bruges

Markt — the Market Square

The beating heart of Bruges has long been dominated by the Belfry, 83 metres high and the city’s most prominent building. Those who climb to the top of the Belfry are rewarded with a breath-taking panorama. In the Market Square itself, marvel at the imposing Provincial Court and the many colourful stepped gables, and maybe you’ll hop in for a carriage ride. This is, after all, the place where the coachmen wait, just to complete the picture.

Burg — the Burg Square

The Market Square is the heart of Bruges, but the Burg Square is its soul. For centuries this has been the centre of power in the city, and Bruges city administration still occupies the 14th century Gothic Town Hall. This grand, majestic square is lined with monumental landmark buildings. These were built over the centuries, and reflect the building style of their age. A handy architectural guide assembled in a single square! From the Basilica of the Holy Blood through the Liberty of Bruges to the Deanery. Immerse yourself in the riches of Bruges.

Old Hansa Quarter — Stroll through History

From the 13th to the 15th century, Bruges was the most important trading centre in North-West Europe. Spanish merchants settled along the Spaanse Loskaai (Spanish Quay) and in the Spanjaardstraat. The Germans or Easterners — ‘oosterlingen’ in Dutch — took up residence in the Oosterlingenplein. In this old Hansa Quarter you can admire the mansions of the wealthy international merchants and the great trading nations of the day. You can almost still smell the atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

The Flemish Primitives

In Bruges’ Golden Age — the 15th century — art was a big deal. Leading artists of the day, like Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling, came to live and work in the city. Today, you can marvel at the masterpieces of the world-famous Flemish primitives in the Groeninge Museum and the St. John’s Hospital. And in the treasury of Bruges’ oldest parish church, Saint Saviour’s Cathedral, you can also come face to face with other priceless paintings that were created in the city in centuries gone by.
Adresse: Groeninge Museum (Dijver 12), St. John's Hospital (Mariastraat 38) & Saint Saviour's Cathedral (Steenstraat)

Gruuthuse Museum — the Burgundian Splendour

Discover the Burgundian splendour at the site of the Gruuthuse Museum. In this luxurious 15th century city palace you can explore the 500 years of Bruges history through a rich and varied collection. Particularly eye-catching is the intimate private chapel that connects the palace with the Church of Our Lady. In this way, the lords of Gruuthuse were able to follow the religious services in comfort and privacy. The church’s showpiece is the beautiful white marble statue of the Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, which leaves no visitor unmoved.
Adresse: Church of Our Lady & Gruuthuse Museum (Dijver)

Beguinage — a Place for Quiet Contemplation

Some places are so beautiful that they leave you speechless. The Beguinage is just such a place. This is where the beguines — emancipated women who lived pious and chaste lives without taking holy orders — once lived together in harmony. This walled oasis of religious peace, with its delightful inner garden, wind-twisted trees and white-painted gables, can charm even the most cynical of souls with its deafening silence.
Adresse: Begijnhof

Minnewater — Lake of Love

A romantic hotspot par excellence! Once people believed that water nymphs ('minnen' in Flemish) lived here, and thus the lake got its name. Add to that a tragic love story, mysterious trees and an abundance of greenery and you get a place overflowing with romance. How about an Instagram post? The finest photos can be taken from the Lake of Love bridge, or by the Lockhouse. A hit even without filters.

Concert Hall — Culture with a Capital C

This tall and stately culture temple on ’t Zand gives the largest square of Bruges its own unique dynamism. In the soberly decorated auditorium, visitors can enjoy classical music and contemporary dance in the best possible setting. During the day, you can explore this remarkable building by following the Concertgebouw Circuit, an original and entertaining experience route that ends with a fantastic view of Bruges from the roof terrace.
Adresse: Concertgebouw Brugge, 't Zand

Almshouses — Charity Set in Stone

Villages within the city. That’s how you can best describe these residential centres, which originated in medieval times and are still occupied today by senior citizens. The almshouses were first founded centuries ago for charitable purposes. Today, with their picturesque gardens, their white-painted gables and their perfect peace and quiet, they are amongst the most tranquil places in Bruges.
Adresse: Scattered throughout the city, 46 Godshuizen (Almshouses) church complexes have been preserved

Church of Our Lady — a Work of Beauty in Brick

The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady), with its imposing 115.5-metre high brick tower, is not only a fine testimony to the skill of the Bruges master builders of yesteryear, but is also the second tallest brick church spire in the world. Inside the church visitors will be moved by the magnificence of Michelangelo’s white marble Madonna and Child.
Adresse: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, Mariastraat, Bruges

Rozenhoedkaai — a Typical City View

Welcome to the city’s most popular spot for photography, a centuries-old Instagrammable hotspot. Once upon a time, rosaries were sold here; today it provides one of the city’s loveliest views. The perfect place for a selfie with your beloved. Summer or winter, morning and evening, sun or rain, the romance of the Rozenhoedkaai always works its magic.
Adresse: Rozenhoedkaai, Bruges

Minnewaterpark — Lake of Love Park

The city feels far, far away from the Lake of love park. This delightful park to the south of the historical centre is tucked between the green Ramparts and the graceful Lake of love. A short stroll away lies the hushed Beguinage. Or the place where the residents of Bruges relax with grass beneath their feet. With so many intimate garden spaces that you get the wonderful feeling of having the park all to yourself.
Adresse: Minnewater


The 'Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde' with its white-coloured house fronts and tranquil convent garden was founded in 1245. This little piece of world heritage was once the home of the beguines, emancipated lay-women who nevertheless led a pious and celibate life. Today the beguinage is inhabited by nuns of the Order of St. Benedict and several Bruges women who have decided to remain unmarried.
Adresse: Begijnhof, Bruges

Boniface Bridge

The very photogenic Boniface Bridge may be one of the youngest bridges in Bruges, but it sums up the city perfectly. A mysterious atmosphere, abundantly romantic and fabulous views that fight for your attention. Should you gaze at the little canals and overhanging half-timbered houses, or should you tilt back your head to admire the stately Church of Our Lady, or the adjacent Gruuthuse Palace? A magical place at every hour of the day, and one that must be seen to be believed. Close at hand stands the Gruuthuse Bridge with the white-painted House Arents — the only bridge in Bruges with a building standing on it.
Adresse: Bonifaciusbrug, Dijver 16, Bruges

Gruuthuse Courtyard

This magnificent 15th century city palace was built to impress, and it’s been doing so in style ever since. The contemporary pavilion makes a striking contrast to the Gruuthuse Palace. On the right stands the Church of Our Lady, while to the left is one of Bruges' loveliest canals. So knowing where to look first is a bit of a challenge. Take your time and discover the many surprising corners in this special courtyard. With a high wow factor!
Adresse: Gruuthuse binnenhof, Dijver 17C, Bruges


Each and every one of the city’s lovely canals is a jewel, but without doubt the loveliest is the Groenerei. One of the most charming spots in all Bruges. Framed by a beautiful skyline, surrounded by enough greenery to unwind, and complete with a romantic little bridge. Take a relaxing stroll by the water or settle on one of the waterside benches to soak up the atmosphere.

Queen Astrid Park

Right in the heart of the city, near the Fish Market and Burg Square and in the shadow of Saint Magdalene’s Church, lies this glorious botanical park. And although Queen Astrid park is blessed with many imposing trees, it contains numerous other treasures. From the pond with its fountain, through a colourful romantic kiosk to a large playground where Bruges’ little ones can push their limits. There are abundant benches and chairs where you can sit to enjoy all this beauty.
Adresse: Koningin Astridpark, Bruges

Tanners Square

Tucked away between the Fish Market and the Rozenhoedkaai, you’ll find the Tanners Square — one of the intimate little squares with which Bruges abounds. And just a stone’s throw from the Market Square and Burg Square! In the Middle Ages, this was where the tanners worked their leather, but today it’s given over to the good life. Take a break on one of the cafe terraces and take a good look around. We bet you’ll discover lots of hidden medieval details.
Adresse: Huidenvettersplein, Bruges

Jan van Eyck Square

Jan van Eyck Square was the Manhattan of Burgundian Bruges in the Middle Ages. A lively port where busy traders assembled from all over Europe, and you could hear every imaginable language. A tangle of people loading and unloading pressed around the Toll House and the Rijkepijndershuis while citizens and merchants watched approvingly from the Burghers’ Lodge. Today, the square is dominated by the stately presence of the world-famous master painter Jan van Eyck, and from here you can set off to discover peaceful, quiet working-class neighbourhoods.
Adresse: Jan van Eyckplein, Bruges

Brugse Vesten — Bruges City Ramparts

With its 26 hectares and over 3000 trees, the Vesten form broad green ramparts around the city. A protected view of the city and the perfect place to stroll. Or admire the city’s treasures from the secluded cycle path along the city walls during a pleasant circular ride around Bruges. Your route takes you past the Lake of Love, the Coupure marina, the Conzett Bridge and four medieval city gates. Perhaps you’ll take a break at the foot of the windmills? Walking or cycling, there’s plenty to see along its 7 km-long route.
Adresse: Kruisvest 3 , Bruges

Hidden Gems

Just when you thought you knew Bruges through and through, you bump into this fine collection of secret places. Well-hidden gems that challenge you to stray off the beaten track and surprise you in the process. So it’s time to delve deeper into the world heritage city.

Streets and Squares Full of Stories

With tree-lined avenues, hushed cobbled streets, narrow alleys, huge squares for events and intimate, characterful corners, Bruges is full of squares and special streets. Some hidden, others magnificent, all calling for your attention. Places that combine history and joie de vivre. Ages old, but vibrant. In short, streets and squares full of stories where you’ll want to linger for hours.

Green All Around

Bruges is growing and blooming. The city is full of all kinds of parks where city-goers, large and small, can relax and play, and there are flowers everywhere. From flower towers to flowering hanging baskets and window boxes full of floral delights. Bruges has a green heart, and it’s beating strongly. Residents and visitors can enjoy the many oases of green to the full.

Bruges by Boat

The canals of Bruges — the ‘reien’ — are the arteries of the city. Nothing is as pleasant as chugging along in a boat on a sunny day as you sail past all the most beautiful places in the city. From the ‘reien’, it’s almost like you are seeing Bruges for the first time. Unexpected views, hidden romantic corners, secret gardens: you discover them all from your vantage point on the water. There are regular daily sailings from any of the five moorings in the heart of the city. A voyage lasts half an hour and takes you past all the most photogenic spots Bruges has to offer.
Åpningstider: Sailings guaranteed from March to mid-November: in principle, daily 10am–6pm, last departure at 5:30pm

Bruges by Horse-drawn Carriage

Opt for a romantic coach ride through the winding streets, over centuries old squares and charming bridges of the historic city centre. For half an hour, you can sit back and enjoy the rhythmic clopping of horse hooves as you take in all the most picturesque spots in Bruges. During your ride the coachman will give you an expert commentary and about half way you make a short stop at the Beguinage.
Adresse: Markt, but at the Burg square on Wednesday morning
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–6pm or even later, but no later than 10pm

Bicycle Carriages

Discover all the city’s most romantic places and historical sites of interest in a unique and ecological way. A personal guide will take you on a bike carriage tour of 30 minutes.
Adresse: On the Markt, outside the De Reyghere book store; but on the Burg square on Wednesday mornings.
Telefon: +32 478 40 95 57
Åpningstider: Reservations can be made through the website.

Bruges by Bike

The narrow streets reveal the medieval character of the ancient port. The fascinating stories by the guide will catapult you back to a time when knights and counts ruled the town. It goes without saying that there is a stop along the way for a thirst-quenching Belgian beer. City Tours Belgium and Quasimundo offer daily bike tours.

Bruges by Hot Air Balloon

The most adventurous and probably the most romantic way to discover Bruges is by hot-air balloon. Bruges Ballooning organizes both a morning flight (including a champagne breakfast) and an evening flight (including a bite to eat, champagne or a beer) over Bruges. The whole trip lasts for three hours, with at least one hour in the air. You will be picked up and dropped off wherever you are staying.
Adresse: Pickup from a number of hotels
Telefon: +32 475 97 28 87

Groeninge Museum

The Groeninge Museum provides a varied overview of the history of Belgian visual art, with the top-class paintings by the world-renowned Flemish Primitives as the highlight. In this museum you can see, amongst other masterpieces, Madonna with Canon Joris Van der Paele by Jan van Eyck and the Moreel Triptych by Hans Memling. It is one of the most beautiful collections in the world, containing many landmark works from the history of European art. You can also marvel at gems from Renaissance and Baroque masters, Bruges neo-classical canvasses from the 18th and 19th centuries and masterpieces by the Flemish expressionists.
Adresse: Groeningemuseum, Dijver 12, Bruges
Åpningstider: Daily 9:30am–5pm

Saint John's Hospital

Saint John’s Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, dating back to the mid 12th century. Visit the medieval wards, as well as the church and the chapel, and marvel at the impressive collection of archives, art works, medical instruments and six paintings by Hans Memling, including the famous Ursula Shrine. Also visit the hospital pharmacy and the Diksmuide attic, boasting one of Europe’s oldest and most monumental roof support structures.
Adresse: Sint-Janshospitaal, Mariastraat 38, Bruges

Gruuthuse Museum

After its thorough renovation, the palace of the lords of Gruuthuse now leads you through three crucial periods in Bruges’ history: the Burgundian heyday, the lesser-known 17th and 18th centuries, and the historical ‘reinvention’ of the city in the 19th century. These periods are brought to life through a varied collection of objects, each one telling its own story. Don’t miss out on the authentic medieval prayer chapel, which overlooks the choir of the Church of Our Lady.
Adresse: Gruuthusemuseum, Dijver 17C, Bruges
Åpningstider: Daily 9:30am–5pm


The most striking tower in Bruges dates back to the 13th century. It is 83 metres high and is protected as a world heritage site. Anyone who climbs all 366 steps will be rewarded with a stunning view over the city and its surroundings. On your way up, you can pause at the treasury, which held the city’s charters, seals and coffers during the Middle Ages. A few steps further on you will see the impressive music drum that operates the carillon and the keyboard used by the city carillonneur to play the tower’s 47 carillon bells. Bruges’ Belfry has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999.
Adresse: Markt 7, Bruges
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–8pm (until 6pm in winter)
Billetter: Standard ticket €14

City Hall

The monumental City Hall (1376-1421) is one of the oldest in the Low Countries. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years. An absolute masterpiece is the Gothic Hall, with its impressive vault and 20th century murals depicting the history of Bruges. The adjacent historic hall sheds further light on the governance of Bruges over the centuries, using original documents and paintings. On the ground floor, you are brought face to face with life-size portraits of the city’s rulers and can also learn more about the evolution of the Burg.
Adresse: Stadhuis, Burg 12, Bruges
Åpningstider: Daily 9:30am–5pm

Church of Our Lady

The 115.5 metre-high brick church tower, the second tallest of the world, illustrates the craftsmanship of the Bruges builders. Inside you can find a wealth of art treasures, with Michelangelo’s world-famous Madonna and Child as the absolute highlight. The rich church interior contains numerous paintings, 13th and 14th century painted crypts and the 15th and 16th century tombs of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the Bold.
Adresse: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, Mariastraat, Bruges


The 'Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde' with its white-coloured house fronts and tranquil convent garden was founded in 1245. This little piece of world heritage was once the home of the beguines, emancipated lay-women who nevertheless led a pious and celibate life. Today the beguinage is inhabited by nuns of the Order of St. Benedict and several Bruges women who have decided to remain unmarried. The Beguinage was recognised as a World Heritage site in 1998.
Adresse: Begijnhof

Saint Saviour’s Cathedral

Bruges’ oldest parish church (12th-15th century) has amongst its treasures a rood loft with an organ, medieval tombs, Brussels tapestries and a rich collection of Flemish paintings (14th-18th century). The treasure-chamber displays, amongst others, paintings by Dieric Bouts, Hugo van der Goes and other Flemish Primitives.
Adresse: Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, Steenstraat, Bruges

Basilica of the Holy Blood

The 12th century Basilica of the Holy Blood consists of a lower and an upper chapel, dedicated to Our Lady and Saint Basil. The lower chapel has preserved its original character and is therefore a rare example of Romanesque architecture in the coastal region. The Neo-Gothic interior of the upper chapel is home to the relic of the Holy Blood and boasts a treasury with numerous valuable works of art. Owing to the special veneration attached to the relic, the church was elevated to the status of a basilica in 1923.
Adresse: Heilig-Bloedbasiliek, Burg 13, Bruges
Telefon: Daily 10am–5:15pm. The upper basilica is not accessible 10:45am–12:15pm on Fri, Sun & festive days, unless you wish to attend the Holy Mass

St. Magdalene’s Church

The St. Magdalene’s Church, built in the mid-19th century, was one of the earliest neo-Gothic churches on the European mainland. This style of architecture, first made popular in England, was brought to Bruges by British immigrants. That is how the Neo-Gothic appeared in the streets of Bruges quite early. Inside the church you can make your acquaintance with YOT, an organisation that explores the meaning of the Christian tradition in modern society.
Adresse: Heilige Magdalenakerk, Corner Stalijzerstraat & Schaarstraat, Bruges

St. Anne’s Church

This simple Gothic single-nave church, built in the 17th century, surprises with the opulence of its rich Baroque interior – the result of donations by wealthy local patrons. Admire the intricacy of the marble rood screen, the rich wooden panelling with inset confessional booths, the canvases of Jan Garemijn and the largest single painting in all Bruges.
Adresse: Sint-Annakerk, Sint-Annaplein, Bruges
Åpningstider: Daily 1pm–5pm

St. Giles’s Church

In St. Giles’s Church, the only one in the city centre with a tower clock, many of the great Bruges artists have been buried. These include Hans Memling, Lanceloot Blondeel and Pieter Pourbus. The church originally dates from the 13th century, but was extensively rebuilt in the 15th century. The exterior is a fine example of the robust Brick Gothic style, while the interior has a more refined 19th-century Neo-Gothic look.
Adresse: Sint-Gilliskerk, Baliestraat 2, Bruges
Åpningstider: Daily 1pm–5pm

St. James’s Church

In the second quarter of the 13th century, the modest St. James’s Chapel was elevated to the status of a parish church. During the 15th century, this simple house of prayer was extended to its current size. The church is now famous for its rich collection of art treasures, donated by wealthy local people living nearby, and for its fine examples of funerary art.
Adresse: Sint-Jakobskerk, Sint-Jakobsplein 1, Bruges

St. Walburga's Church

In 1619, a Bruges lay brother, Pieter Huyssens, was commissioned to build a prestigious church that expressed the values and beliefs of the Jesuits. The result was the St. Walburga’s Church, which is the most richly decorated church in pure Baroque style in Bruges. Admire its dynamic facade, its many interior architectural details and the elaborately decorated church furniture.
Adresse: Sint-Walburgakerk, Sint-Maartensplein, Bruges
Åpningstider: Daily 1pm–5pm

Concertgebouw Circuit

An original experience trail takes you on an expedition through the modern Concert Hall. Learn how the concert hall works, be impressed by its famous acoustics, marvel at its contemporary art collection or perhaps even get started with a little sound art yourself! The children can collect stamps by completing tasks during a playful kid’s trail. The icing on the cake is the rooftop terrace on the seventh floor with a breathtaking panoramic view over the city.
Adresse: Concertgebouw Brugge, 't Zand 34, Bruges
Åpningstider: Sometimes (exceptionally) not open to the public; please check the website before planning your visit.

Bladelin Court

Pieter Bladelin, treasurer of the Order of the Golden Fleece, ordered the construction of this city palace in 1435. Before the end of the 15th century, a subsidiary of the Florentine Medici Bank was already housed here. The stone medallion portraits of Lorenzo de’ Medici and his wife, which are among the first Renaissance works of art in Bruges, decorate the atmospheric inner courtyard. Reverend Leon de Foere established his lace school here at the beginning of the 19th century and expanded the domain by adding a chapel in the Classical style. He also had paintings (late 16th/early 17th century), replicas from the Raphael Rooms in the Vatican, hung in one of the halls.
Adresse: Hof Bladelin, Naaldenstraat 19, Bruges
Telefon: +32 472 01 74 51
Åpningstider: Inner courtyard: daily 2pm–5pm; halls and chapel: guided tours only with by appointment

Sacred Books | Secret Libraries

The religious residents of the English Convent and the Carmelite Convent invite you to explore their buildings and their traditional way of life. The English Convent is known for its unique domed church, whereas the Carmelite Convent has an impressive refectory. Together with a guide, you will embark on a serene and spiritual journey, with books as the silver thread. At the end of the morning tour, you get to meet one of the monks or nuns.
Adresse: English Convent, Carmersstraat 85, Bruges

Adornes Estate & Jerusalem Chapel

The Adornes domain consists of the mansion of the rich Adornes family of merchants. The 15th-century Jerusalem Chapel (built by this family) and a series of adjacent almshouses. In the multimedia museum, you step back in time to explore the life of Anselm Adornes and the Burgundian world in which he lived. Also enjoy a pleasant break in the elegant and familial atmosphere of the Scottish Lounge.
Adresse: Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkapel , Peperstraat 3A, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 88 83
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun closed

Lace Centre

The Lace Centre has been housed in the renovated old lace school of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. The story of Bruges lace is told in the lace museum on the ground floor. Multimedia installations and testimonies from international lace experts help to explain the various different types of lace and their geographical origin, and focus on the lace industry and lace education in Bruges. Demonstrations (2pm–5pm, not on Sunday) and various courses are organised in the lace workshop on the second floor.
Adresse: Kantcentrum, Balstraat 16, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 00 72
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 9:30am–5pm, Sun closed

Brewery De Halve Maan

Brewery De Halve Maan in the centre of Bruges is a family business with a tradition stretching back through six generations to 1856. This is where the Bruges city beer — the Brugse Zot — is brewed: a strong-tasting, high-fermentation beer based on malt, hops and special yeast. In 2016 a unique underground beer pipeline, some 3 km long, was laid from the brewery to the bottling plant in the suburbs. Guided tours and beer tastings is are offered.
Adresse: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, Walplein 26, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 44 42 22

Bruges Beer Experience

Discover in an interactive way everything you ever wanted to know about the raw ingredients of beer, the brewing process, food pairing, beer in Bruges, trappist and abbey beers, etc. Children follow the Kids Tour, which tells the story of the Bruges bear. Would you just like to sample some beers? The bar and its 16 different kinds of beer is open to everyone and has a great view over the Market Square.
Adresse: Breidelstraat 3, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 69 92 29
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–6pm

Choco-Story — the Chocolate Museum

The museum dips its visitors in the history of cocoa and chocolate. From the Maya and the Spanish conquistadores to the chocolate connoisseurs of today. A chocolate hunt gives children the chance to discover the museum. Chocolates are made by hand and sampled on the premises. A 5-minute walk brings you to Vlamingstraat 31, where you will find the Choco-Jungle Bar, which is also part of the museum.
Adresse: Wijnzakstraat 2, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 61 22 37
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–5pm (last tickets at 4pm)

Bruges Diamond Museum

Did you know that diamond-cutting was first invented in Bruges more than 500 years ago? This is just one of the many aspects of the history of the diamond that you will learn about in the Bruges Diamond Museum. You will discover even more secrets during the daily diamond-cutting demonstrations, which show you how the gems are cut.
Adresse: Diamantmuseum, Katelijnestraat 43, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 34 20 56
Åpningstider: Daily 10:30am–5:30pm

Belgian Fries Museum

This didactic museum sketches the history of the potato, belgian fries and the various sauces and dressings that accompany this most delicious and most famous of Belgian comestibles. The museum is housed in Saaihalle, one of Bruges’ most attractive buildings.
Adresse: Frietmuseum, Vlamingstraat 33, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 34 01 50
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–5pm (last tickets at 4:15pm)

Historium Bruges

In the Historium, you quite literally step back in time. In different ways you will be able to learn about the vibrant city of Bruges during the Golden Century. Historium Story tells the love story of Jan van Eyck’s apprentice, Jacob. After that, you can discover more about Bruges in the Middle Ages in the Historium Exhibition. Historium Virtual Reality takes you back to the year 1435, allowing you to sail virtually into the old city port, where you will fly past the Water Halls and the Saint Donatian’s Church, both of which have long since disappeared. The Historium Tower takes you up the 30-metre high Neo-Gothic tower for a stunning view over the Markt.
Adresse: Markt 1, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 27 03 11

Lumina Domestica Lamp Museum

Lumina Domestica lamp museum contains the world’s largest collection of lamps and lights. More than 6,000 antiques tell the complete story of interior lighting, from the torch and paraffin lamp to the light bulb and LED. The small detour into the world of luminous animals and plants is particularly interesting. In this way you can discover, for example, the light mysteries of the glow-worm, the lantern fish and the small Chinese lantern.
Adresse: Wijnzakstraat 2 (Sint-Jansplein), Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 61 22 37
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–5pm (last ticket at 4pm)

Museum-Gallery Xpo Salvador Dalí

In the Cloth Halls, you can admire a fantastic collection of world-famous graphics and statues by the great artist Salvador Dalí. They are all authentic works of art that are described in the Catalogues Raisonnés, which details Salvador Dalí’s oeuvre. The collection is presented in a sensational Daliesque decor of mirrors, gold and shocking pink.
Adresse: Markt 7
Telefon: +32 50 33 83 44
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–6pm (Last entrance at 5pm)

De Jonkman

Filip Claeys is one of those young rock’n roll chefs who has re-written the kitchen rule book. His fare is original, authentic and anything but mainstream. Provocative but with a sense of fun, as he likes to keep things into perspective. According to Filip, being a chef is the best job in the world. As simple as that. Passion that is reflected in two Michelin stars and a 18/20 score from Gault&Millau.
Adresse: Maalse Steenweg 438 (Sint-Kruis), Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 36 07 67


After having closed down his restaurant Karmeliet (which for years had been star chef Geert Van Hecke’s Michelin three star restaurant), the famed chef offered a glimpse of hope, thus countering that great loss: he would not stop cooking, but would rather continue doing so, although in a more subdued way. And he stuck to his word: Zet’Joe is smaller and less high-flown, but the refinement that is so characteristic of the chef came along with him.
Adresse: Langestraat 11, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 82 59

Sans Cravate

Dining with a starred chef without too many unnecessary formalities. This is exactly what you can expect in Sans Cravate — the name says it all. Exceptionally fine dishes but without the usual fuss. Or a creative, contemporary kitchen with a distinctive personality. And personalities can cope without a tie. Chef Henk Van Oudenhove.
Adresse: Langestraat 159, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 67 83 10

Den Gouden Harynck

Den Gouden Harynck is an established culinary name for many citizens of Bruges. Although Chef Philippe Serruys received a classical training, he has also paid attention to contemporary culinary trends. But that doesn’t mean he has abandoned his roots, and he resolutely opts for natural, recognisable and carefully selected high-quality ingredients, which make all the difference.
Adresse: Groeninge 25, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 76 37


Right across from Kruispoort you can now enjoy the culinary skills of Timothy Goffin in one of the smallest restaurants in Bruges. The Chef learned the trade in numerous starred restaurants in Bruges (De Karmeliet, Den Gouden Harynck and Sans Cravate) before embarking on this new culinary adventure. An unpretentious location with the charming air of a living room restaurant.
Adresse: Maalse Steenweg 2, Sint-Kruis
Telefon: +32 50 68 77 88

Auberge De Herborist

It comes as no surprise that Auberge De Herborist has its own garden full of well-known, unknown, healing and edible herbs. And thanks to the abundant harvest the garden provides, Chef Alex Hanbuckers manages to put together an inspirational menu each and every time. Feeling moreish? Then book a place for a cooking lesson or a guided tour of the garden.
Adresse: De Watermolen 15, Sint-Andries
Telefon: +32 50 38 76 00

Bar Bulot

Bar Bulot, run by chef Gert De Mangeleer from the concept restaurant L.E.S.S., opened in 2019 as a pop-up and quickly grew into a fully fledged luxury brasserie. The menu features contemporary takes on classics from Belgium's rich culinary tradition. The exceptional quality, impeccable service and hard work for which the establishment has become known are now paying off, as Bar Bulot has since been awarded its first Michelin star. A bright and tasty future awaits!
Adresse: Torhoutse Steenweg 479, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 70 27 62

Bistro Bruut

Situated by the idyllic Meebrug, this culinary newcomer is a ray of sunshine. An upper crust bistro, which equates to delicious food without all the fuss – relaxed and casual yet still excellent. Bistro Bruut has recently launched its own house gin. Chef Bruno Timperman.
Adresse: Meestraat 9, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 69 55 09

L.E.S.S. Eatery

Any fan of Hertog Jan could have told you that L.E.S.S would not have to wait long for its Michelin star. This brand-new, contemporary Michelin-starred restaurant is run by a team who have previously held an impressive three stars under their belts between them. In other words, this is a quality establishment. Top-level gastronomy with décor ranging from New York to Tokyo, right on ’t Zand. Make sure to book in advance.
Adresse: ‘t Zand 21, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 69 93 69

Patrick Devos

Right in the heart of Bruges, chef Patrick Devos owns an impressively historic patch. The four drawing rooms date back to a variety of style periods and are all absolute pearls. The garden terrace makes the venue utterly complete. In this unique decor, Patrick Devos serves a gastronomic, innovative and light cuisine. A blend of pure flavours, biological vegetables and a maximum harmony between wine and dish. The chef only works with the best quality produce, mainly from his own region. It is therefore only logical that the restaurant has built up quite a reputation over the years.
Adresse: Zilverstraat 41, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 55 66


Even before Floris opened its doors, there was already plenty of speculation in Bruges. After all, the chef, Floris Panckoucke, had managed to make quite a reputation for himself, and everyone was curious to see how you transform an old paint shop into a trendy eating place. In short, one of the latest discoveries of Bruges.
Adresse: Gistelse Steenweg 520, Sint-Andries
Telefon: +32 50 73 60 20

Tête Pressée

Tête Pressée breaks all the rules. The diner only opens its doors in the afternoon, while single-serving portions of chef Pieter Lonneville’s gastronomic arts are available as takeaways in the neighbouring shop. The food is simple but brilliant, and of course you have to try the homemade tête pressée with pickles.
Adresse: Koningin Astridlaan 100, Sint-Andries
Telefon: +32 470 21 26 27

Le Mystique

Dining at a Grand Hotel is possible if you choose Le Mystique, which is elegantly nestled inside Hotel Heritage, good for four stars and the necessary grandeur. Not surprisingly, the hotel, famed for its respect for its own ‘terroir’, is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux.
Adresse: Niklaas Desparsstraat 11, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 44 44 45

Bistro Refter

To say you can eat well in Bruges is the understatement of the year. If you don’t feel like or cannot afford a Michelin-starred restaurant but still want a taste of the good life, then De Refter is the place for you. A contemporary restaurant owned by the Michelin three-star chef Geert Van Hecke, where you can get great food in a pleasant setting at reasonable prices. You couldn’t ask for more.
Adresse: Molenmeers 2, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 44 49 00

Bonte B

Bonte B offers pure and straightforward food and does so with style. That means cowhides, Swedish design and wooden floors, because simplicity is a virtue. But that doesn’t mean your meal will look simple, and on the contrary — every order looks like a painting that is almost too beautiful to eat. Chef Bernard Bonte.
Adresse: Dweersstraat 12, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 34 83 43

Franco Belge

Franco Belge is located on one of the liveliest streets in Bruges and has been able to attract fans of gastro food from near and far from its very start. It is inspired by Franco-Belgian cuisine, but adds a special contemporary interpretation. You can also see this in its interior that has a comfortably warm, yet sleek feeling. In other words, a delicious story that sounds perfect.
Adresse: Langestraat 109, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 69 56 48


Tanuki is a little slice of Japan in the middle of Bruges. In its open kitchen chef Ivan Verhelle juggles with sushi and sashimi and seven-course meals are steamed in a quiet and serene setting. The delicatessen is located in a corner of the restaurant, where you can buy all sorts of sushi necessities and excellent soya sauces as well as Japanese tableware. The tableware is made up of five items, not six, as the Japanese believe that even numbers are bad luck.
Adresse: Oude Gentweg 1, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 34 75 12

Assiette Blanche

This classic restaurant is located directly opposite the Burg, a trusted name where traditional Franco-Belgian dishes and many regional specialities are served with a warm and homely bistro-style atmosphere. It makes perfect sense that Assiette Blanche was awarded Bib Gourmand status. Chef Stefaan Timmerman.
Adresse: Philipstockstraat 23-25, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 34 00 94

Bistro Rombaux

The refined Bistro Rombaux is located on an elegantly laid out street corner in the Bruges suburbs of Sint-Kruis. A modern place, distilled down to the essence. The menu offers some five entrées and main dishes, amply demonstrating that only the freshest quality ingredients have been selected, from squabs (young pigeons) and calf’s sweetbread to oysters and Atlantic cod.
Adresse: Moerkerkse Steenweg 139, Sint-Kruis
Telefon: +32 50 73 79 49

Cantine Copine

Would you give up a Michelin star to move to other premises and write a new and unique story? That is exactly what unconventional owner, Karen Keygnaert, did. It also means that Cantine Copine has decisively taken the path less trodden. Cantine Copine has just as much gastronomic quality as during its Michelin times, but is now a little more relaxed. Fantastic, no-nonsense food.
Adresse: Steenkaai 34, Bruges
Telefon: +32 470 97 04 55

De Mangerie

Chef Kristof Deprez of De Mangerie gives a timely subtle wink to the Far East without neglecting the Belgian classics. Classics that you will also receive in a new jacket. The sum of everything nice is a different and innovative mix of the best that the world has to offer. Some recipes are also available in meat- or fish-free versions. All that fancy cooking can easily be admired in the open kitchen from the warm, pleasant restaurant.
Adresse: Oude Burg 20, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 93 36

Goesepitte 43

Jan Supply has worked in many Michelin-starred kitchens and is now doing his own thing at Goesepitte 43. It’s not exactly a bistro or a brasserie; Goesepitte43 offers great contemporary fare, much of it cooked on a Mibrasa — a charcoal oven which brings out all the natural flavours of the ingredients used. In other words, a barbecue for gourmets!
Adresse: Goezeputstraat 43, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 66 02 23


Bowls full of happiness — that’s what you can expect at Komtuveu, where you will be served the very best produce from the Bruges area, sourced from local farmers and the North Sea. Pure, seasonal cooking, brought to you in three, four, or five bowls. Who knew food in a bowl could be so elegantly presented?
Adresse: Gentpoortstraat 51, Bruges
Telefon: +32 495 62 53 29

La Buena Vista

Tucked away in one of those little Bruges streets, La Buena Vista really stands out. It looks like an old-fashioned Bruges bar, adorned with a southern touch. The fiery chef will present his dishes with great passion and then you can indulge in top-quality Spanish tapas. Sharing is caring. An experience on all fronts.
Adresse: Sint-Clarastraat 43
Telefon: +32 50 33 38 96

La Tâche

Right out of the city centre, on the road that leads to Blankenberge, the art-deco villa — which houses La Tâche — stands in all its splendour. Chef Olivier Monbailliu creates French cuisine with Mediterranean influences. French classics with a Southern touch are the order of the day and this thanks to the house tapenades, high quality olive oils and herbs from the property's garden. The chef also cherishes a passion for wine, which is reflected in an extensive wine list, a mix of budget-friendly discoveries and the famous grand crus. The correct price-quality ratio is never lost sight of.
Adresse: Blankenbergse Steenweg 1, Sint-Pieters
Telefon: +32 50 68 02 52


Lieven, run by the chef Lieven Vynck, is one of those newer spots that managed to become an established name in a short space of time. The exceptional and inventive interior plus the culinary arts of the chef equals fireworks. If you want a bit of privacy, then you can withdraw to De Living to enjoy a meal with a few select friends.
Adresse: Philipstockstraat 45, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 68 09 75


Réliva is all about healthy eating. Honest, seasonal dishes made from local organic ingredients. Réliva takes inspiration from local growers and producers. And to top it all off, some carefully selected organic wines.
Adresse: Goezeputstraat 6, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 13 07


An open kitchen, inspired dishes which look like little works-of-art, affordable wines and friendly, informal service. All in all, a real treat for your eyes and your stomach.
Adresse: Scheepsdalelaan 12, Bruges
Telefon: +32 479 89 19 24

The Blue Lobster

Do you like North Sea fish? Hurry on to The Blue Lobster, where, apart from the great classics, less known fish is also being served. The house specials, including bouillabaisse and North Sea lobster, feature on the menu as well as refined preparations such as weever and Japanese whiting. In short, this is the place to be for fish aficionados and those who look forward to broadening their culinary experience.
Adresse: Tijdokstraat 9, Zeebrugge
Telefon: +32 468 17 31 39

Tom's Diner

A 16th century building with great decor and simple, pure dishes with a special touch — that’s Tom’s Diner in a nutshell. From patatas bravas, Vietnamese spring rolls, house-marinated salmon and baked white tripe to meat loaf and prawn croquettes – at Tom’s Diner you can taste the whole world under one roof.
Adresse: West-Gistelhof 23, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 33 82


You can find Tou.Gou right on the Smedenstraat, one of Bruges’ major shopping streets. It is a place where you can go at lunchtime to enjoy a delicious and top-class lunch. In addition to the menu there are also the chef's daily suggestions and the display case where you can immediately stock up on many of these gourmet treats. These are treats to savour long after your visit.
Adresse: Smedenstraat 47, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 70 58 02

't Werftje

Half of Bruges regularly makes a pilgrimage to Zeebrugge to spend an afternoon or an evening in ‘t Werftje. In itself, this is a sufficient reason to take a trip to the seaside. Here you can eat outstanding classic fish dishes. These range from home-made shrimp croquette with a salad or quick bites, to huge seafood platters. Your fellow diners will include fishermen, dock workers, tourists and gourmets.
Adresse: Werfkaai 29, Zeebrugge
Telefon: +32 497 55 30 10


Hermes Vanliefde and Peter Laloo, the young ambitious men behind Rock Fort, do not like half-hearted attempts or watered-down versions of culinary creations. They resolutely set their own rocking culinary course and present innovative dishes with a sharp edge. Just a bit more dangerous than traditional cuisine. Both their cool approach and their unique interior are surprisingly informal, but they are anything but casual in the kitchen, and the proof is in the eating.
Adresse: Langestraat 15, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 41 13


The Parkrestaurant can be found in an 18th century mansion, complete with high ceilings and royal chandeliers, and borders the charming Astridpark. In this majestic interior the focus is on the classic French-Belgian cuisine. Chef Frédéric Bruggeman
Adresse: Minderbroedersstraat 1, Bruges
Telefon: +32 497 80 18 72

De Florentijnen

Modern dining in a historical building where merchants from Florence lived and conducted trade during the middle ages. It is possible at De Florentijnen. Today, the restaurant offers several quality menus served in an elegant and serene setting. Chef Daan Cornilly
Adresse: Academiestraat 1, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 67 75 33

Duc de Bourgogne

On 27 April 1648 a permit was granted for the pub ‘Den Hollander’ to be established on this spot. In 1830, when Belgium had just gained independence, the establishment was renamed ‘De Koe’, a gathering place for the elite of Bruges. Thanks to its unique location on the Reien (the canals of Bruges), today it is the most photographed restaurant in the city. If you want to be a part of the picture, you’ll find an impressive vista and a classical restaurant decorated like a mansion. You can choose between a full-course meal or select the budget-friendly lunch.
Adresse: Huidenvettersplein 12, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 20 38

Huyze Die Maene

The Huyze Die Maene has been a feature on the Markt square since 1302. In the 14th and 15th centuries the city rented the house for parties and receiving VIPs. Today the citizens of Bruges come to enjoy the view over the square while relishing a traditional Flemish dish, including shrimp croquettes, mussels, stews, meatballs in tomato sauce and baked sole and cod. It’s all delicious! Chef Jean-Dante De Loof
Adresse: Markt 17
Telefon: +32 50 33 39 59

Kwizien Divien

Kwizien Divien impresses with a contemporary, fair and affordable quality cuisine, ranging from pastas and salads, carpaccio of scallops, right through to pure fillet steak or glazed fillet of plaice. Shrimp croquettes, beef and brown beer stew and lemon sole make up the Flemish menu. And all that in a quiet street just off the Market Square. In the summer, you can even enjoy views of the Bruges Belfry Tower from your table!
Adresse: Hallestraat 4, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 34 71 29

Locàle by Kok au Vin

Focus — that’s what it’s all about at Locàle by Kok au Vin. Every day they aim for the perfect balance on and off the plate. This translates into innovative creations and the true, pure flavours of local produce — wonderful simplicity you can taste. Chef Jürgen Aerts
Adresse: Ezelstraat 21
Telefon: +32 50 33 95 21


If you’re wavering between a small or giant helping, the Hotel Weinebrugge’s restaurant is perfect for you. You can have a snack at the bar or go the whole hog and check out the market or monthly menus. But one thing is certain: you’ll love the French-Belgian dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients. Chef Benny De Bruyn
Adresse: Leikendreef 1, Sint-Michiels
Telefon: +32 50 38 44 40

‘t Apertje

Halfway between Bruges and Damme you can unwind on the terrace of ’t Apertje, which hugs the famed and picturesque Damse Vaart. Other menu features traditional eel dishes, côte à l'os (club steak) with béarnaise sauce and veal kidneys in mustard sauce, as well as seasonal dishes and a genuine bistro menu. Chef Leo Callewaert
Adresse: Damse Vaart-Zuid 223, Sint-Kruis
Telefon: +32 50 35 00 12

Quatre Mains

Quatre Mains has been hugely popular with locals for many years thanks to Leen’s cheerful front-of-house service and the exquisite dishes which her husband, Olivier, prepares in the kitchen - his tuna tartar is renowned. This great kitchen has finally been recognised by Michelin, and this lovely place just around the corner from the Markt has been awarded the Bib Gourmand. And with its fairly priced, good, honest food, this is highly deserved!
Adresse: Philipstockstraat 8
Telefon: +32 50 33 56 50

The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree restaurant brings together the warm tradition of Greek hospitality with delicious Greek-Mediterranean cuisine, updated with a contemporary twist. Let yourself be wowed by the crisp tang of traditional seasonings and the freshest ingredients drawn from the land and the sea. Try their beef stew, which comes with melted cheeses, rice, potatoes, and salad — A stunning dish full of flavour, cooked to perfection. And don't forget to leave some space for the complementary cake.
Adresse: Wollestraat 3, Bruges

De Stove

De Stove is a cozy little romantic restaurant with great wines and a delicious menu of daily specials. Get there early to grab a seat outside overlooking a quiet square — just around the corner from the madness of the Markt.
Adresse: Kleine Sint-Amandsstraat 4, Bruges

Den Amand

Den Amand is a delightful bistro hidden on a charming car-free square next to the Grote Marst. An Vissers stands behind the stove of the open kitchen and prepares seasonal vegetarian, fish and meat dishes — always with a healthy serving of vegetables. The menu changes every month to take advantage of seasonal produce. As a started, go for the tinned mackerel to share.
Adresse: Sint-Amandsstraat 4, Bruges

27B flat

In this jazz and blues bar you can have a snack, drink a glass of something, share some nachos and do all of this to cool jazz or bluesy tunes. If that's not enough, you can also make yourself comfortable in the fantastic courtyard garden. Enjoy the feel of the grass, right in the centre of the city. This place is a hidden gem!
Adresse: Sint-Jakobsstraat 15, Bruges

't Brugs Beertje

't Brugs Beertje (which means 'lil bear from Bruges' in Flemish) is a paradise for beer lovers. Locals and tourists flock here to browse their menu of 300 Belgian beers — it is a thick book grouped by region. Non for nothing was it selected as one of the world's 20 best beer bars! Families, couples, students, older people — everyone is welcome.
Adresse: Kemelstraat 5, Bruges

Bar des Amis

Located on the illustrious Eiermarkt square, a favourite to any beer lover, this tranquil cafe immediately catches your eye. Bar des Amis is built in a traditional manner, complete with wooden bar chairs, a sturdy bar you can lean on all night long, and a great atmosphere that will keep you coming back.
Adresse: Eiermarkt 19, Bruges


Bauhaus — a youth hostel, budget hotel, cafe and restaurant well-known in backpacker circles, is the meeting point for travellers in search of adventure. This creates a contagious atmosphere of giddy excitement. The bar is where locals and foreigners find each other and where close friendships are forged from time to time.
Adresse: Langestraat 135, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 34 10 93

Blend Wijnbar

Blend is a pleasant wine bar that is comfortably compact where after getting an expert’s opinion you can buy your wine by the glass or the crate. That's because not only can you sample renowned wines and promising newcomers here, you can stock up on them too. Anyone who's able to get a privileged place by the window will enjoy the passage.
Adresse: Kuipersstraat 6-8, Bruges

’t Brugs Beertje

A paradise for beer lovers! The bar is where locals and tourists find each other and fraternize while tasting one of the 300 Belgian beers. It’s no coincidence that the cafe has been elected one of the world’s 20 best beer cafes!
Adresse: Kemelstraat 5, Bruges

Café De Reisduif

A popular village cafe in the middle of the city — that’s Café De Reisduif in a nutshell. In other words, an authentic place with a pleasant atmosphere where it doesn’t matter where you’re from or where you’re going.
Adresse: Langerei 30, Bruges

Café Rose Red

Café Rose Red is a cheery cafe that is full of character. It is located in the heart of Bruges, a stone's throw from the Markt Square. A quiet side street takes you away from the tourist route and spirits you away into an authentic jewel in the town centre of Bruges. Their speciality is Trappist beer; hence they offer all the trappist beers that are recommended all over the world. Come savour this delectable drink inside the cafe or on the pleasant terrace.
Adresse: Cordoeaniersstraat 16, Bruges

Café Vlissinghe

Even though its roots go all the way back to 1515, making Café Vlissinghe the oldest cafe in Bruges, it is still full of life. In summer you can even play a game of pétanque in the garden.
Adresse: Blekersstraat 2, Bruges


Calling the beer menu of Cambrinus Brasserie extensive would be an understatement. It boasts no less than 400 kinds, enough to make you lose your bearings for a moment.
Adresse: Philipstockstraat 19, Bruges

Charlie Rockets

Once a cinema, today Charlie Rockets is a meeting place for residents and backpackers. You can regularly enjoy live music here, and we haven’t even mentioned the happy hour yet! And if that isn’t enough, you can enjoy a game of pool.
Adresse: Hoogstraat 19, Bruges


Concertgebouw, where you can enjoy concerts, plays and dance performances, also has a nice city bar. Perfect for those who want to have a cup of coffee in the afternoon or enjoy a glass of wine at night.
Adresse: ’t Zand 34, Bruges


Huis Craenenburg has dominated Bruges’ Markt square for centuries. Margaret of York watched the tournaments from this establishment, and it is also where Maximilian of Austria was imprisoned. Today it is the place to be to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in an authentic Flemish atmosphere.
Adresse: Markt 16, Bruges


Cuvee wine bar is located on one of Bruges’ hippest streets. It started life as a shop and then expanded into a bar. The concept is a simple one: taste a selection of 15 natural wines in a casual atmosphere as well as enjoying some tapas, cheese or charcuterie. There are also small dishes available such as warm sweet potato and beef cheek salad and prawns with buttermilk fries and a poached egg. Cuvee is the ideal spot to relax and discover where the locals of Bruges like to spend their free time.
Adresse: Philipstockstraat 41, Bruges

Delaney's Irish Pub

This Irish pub is the place to be for Irishmen who are far from home and for anyone who likes to have a Guinness once in a while. You can also have a bite to eat before or after the drinking fest.
Adresse: Burg 8, Bruges

De Garre

De Garre lies hidden in one of the smallest streets of Bruges in the shadow of the Belfry. This small and cosy pub offers you different kinds of beverages, including the exclusive Tripel van De Garre!
Adresse: De Garre 1, Bruges

De Goezeput

A hotel bar that you will normally find half-full of Bruges locals. But De Goezeput is a hotel bar like few others. Some people socialise there, others go in their sports gear to unwind after a weekly training session. Pop in for a moment then go back out to the fantastic terrace area, or do whatever makes you feel at home on the other side of the world.
Adresse: Goezeputstraat 29, Bruges


Jazz, blues, chanson or a bit of rock 'n roll — Lokkedize doesn’t discriminate. So it won’t surprise you that it is a place where both residents and visitors like to sit and chat.
Adresse: Korte Vuldersstraat 33, Bruges

De Republiek

De Republiek is Bruges’ version of a Grand Café. Here, in the morning you can enjoy a cup of coffee, have your afternoon tea on the cosy sheltered inner patio, and in the evening you end your dinner with a couple of delicious cocktails.
Adresse: Sint-Jakobsstraat 36, Bruges

Bistro Du Phare

You can find the bluesy bistro Du Phare at the edge of the city. Sitting on the spacious sun terrace by a canal, you can see everyone who enters Bruges. You can have fun here both in the afternoon and at night.
Adresse: Sasplein 2, Bruges


An established venue and the favourite bar of many inhabitants of Bruges. L'Estaminet is famous for its authentic interior, its delicious bar snacks and its perfectly pulled beers. Now and then the tables are moved to the side to make room for dancing, which goes on until the wee hours of the morning.
Adresse: Park 5, Bruges

Groot Vlaenderen

The latest hype in Bruges is called Groot Vlaenderen — a wonderful and particularly elegant cocktail bar where every cocktail is prepared right in front of you in an expert fashion. A must!
Adresse: Vlamingstraat 94, Bruges

't Hof van Beroep

This new place to be is already a hit with Bruges’ inhabitants and in no time it has become the favourite spot to talk after football or to watch a match on TV. 't Hof van Beroep is neighbourly and friendly. Great food, everything made from scratch or by friends of the bar owner.
Adresse: Langestraat 125, Bruges
Telefon: +32 485 68 90 33

't Hof van Rembrandt

Another classic on Eiermarkt square is 't Hof van Rembrandt, blessed with a lovely sun terrace and an impressive beer menu. From trappist and abbey beers over fruit beers to the beer of the month. Make your choice!
Adresse: Eiermarkt 10, Bruges
Telefon: +32 50 33 74 50


Situated in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the shopping zone, this small pub lies somewhat hidden from the outside world. It’s a bit of an unusual place, but that doesn’t make Joey's cafe less authentic. Be prepared for a night of blues, jazz and rock.
Adresse: Zilversteeg 4, Bruges

't Klein Venetië

All of Bruges' outdoor cafes are extremely popular, but 't Klein Venetië beats them all. It is an ideal spot to relax in the sun with a wonderful view of Rozenhoedkaai.
Adresse: Braambergstraat 1, Bruges
Telefon: +32 475 72 52 25

Li O Lait

The new and stylish Li O Lait coffee house has plenty of old-world charm. A paradise for coffee lovers who know their filter-coffee from their americano and their latte from their cappuccino. Tea lovers will also find an impressive range of choice, while those with a sweet tooth can opt for a white hot chocolate. Trendsetters may prefer an ice-cold coffee shake, whereas the true hedonists will undoubtedly go for a refreshing glass of cava.
Adresse: Dweersstraat 30, Bruges

Punta Est

If you want to enjoy the sun for as long as possible — hurry to Punta Est and make yourself comfortable in the setting sun on the corner of Predikherenrei. It is without a doubt one of the city’s best kept secrets.
Adresse: Predikherenrei 1, Bruges

't Risico

You can find 't Risico in a peaceful neighbourhood far away from the throng of tourists. It is an authentic neighbourhood pub where the locals still come together to share the latest news. Don’t worry though — non-locals are welcome, too.
Adresse: Jeruzalemstraat 53, Bruges

De Vino

Apart from perfectly pulled beers, this bluesy bistro also serves a few hearty tapas. So it won’t surprise you that De Vino is always full of locals who come here practically every other day.
Adresse: Grauwwerkersstraat 15, Bruges
Telefon: +32 491 89 45 97

Wijnbar Est

In this tiny, super cosy Mexican-inspired food and wine bar, Noëlla serves excellent wines while telling you all about them. On Sundays Wijnbar Est is the place to be for a Lazy Sunday and you are treated to some laid-back live jazz.
Adresse: Braambergstraat 7, Bruges

't Zwart Huis

At 't Zwart Huis, a listed monument dating from 1482, you kill two birds with one stone. On the first floor you can have a bite to eat, and below cocktails are served at will. A place where you never be bored.
Adresse: Kuipersstraat 23, Bruges

Market Days

Mondays, 8am–1:30pm — Onder de Toren — Lissewege | miscellaneous items Wednesdays, 8am–1:30pm — Markt — food and flowers Fridays, 8am–1:30pm — Market Square — Zeebrugge — miscellaneous items Saturdays, 8am–1:30pm — ’t Zand — miscellaneous items Sundays, 7am–2pm — Veemarkt, Sint-Michiels — miscellaneous items Wednesday to Saturday, 8am–1:30pm — Vismarkt — seafood Daily, during the period from 15 March to 15 November: 9am–5pm; during the period 16 November to 14 March: 10am–4pm— Vismarkt — artisanal products Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and bridge days from 15 March to 15 November, as well as Fridays from June to September, 10am–6pm— Dijver — antiques, bric-à-brac and other crafts

Traffic-free Shopping

Following the marvellous trend of making the city more pedestrian-friendly, Bruges city council has decided to ban all traffic from several shopping streets on Saturdays and on Shopping Sundays (every first Sunday of the month) between 1 pm and 6 pm. On Zuidzandstraat (except for De Lijn buses), Steenstraat, Geldmuntstraat and Noordzandstraat motorised traffic will not be allowed at those times. The city will remain easily reachable and accessible for everyone.

Where to Shop?

Since Bruges is pedestrian-friendly and the main streets are all close to each other, shopping here is a relaxing experience. The most important shopping streets run between the Market Square and the old city gates: Steenstraat, Simon Stevinplein, Mariastraat, Zuidzandstraat, Sint-Jakobsstraat, Sint-Amandsstraat, Geldmuntstraat, Noordzandstraat, Smedenstraat, Vlamingstraat, Academiestraat, Philipstockstraat, Hoogstraat, Langestraat and Katelijnestraat. There is also a shopping centre, the Zilverpand, between Noordzandstraat and Zuidzandstraat. In Steenstraat, you will find the famous brand names, whereas Langestraat boasts many little second-hand and bric-à-brac shops. Large hypermarkets are located just outside the city centre.

When to Shop?

Most shops operate from Monday to Saturday, opening at 10 am and closing at either 6 pm or 6:30 pm. But even on Sundays you don’t need to leave Bruges empty-handed — many specialist stores are open on Sundays as well. On ‘Shopping Sundays’ — the first Sunday of the month, from 1 pm to 6 pm, except on public holidays — they are joined by many of the other shops. There is restricted access for traffic on Saturday afternoon and ‘Shopping Sundays’ (from 1 pm to 6 pm) in the following shopping streets: Zuidzandstraat, Steenstraat, Geldmuntstraat and Noordzandstraat.

Local Love — A Fine Selection of Authentic Shops

Visit Bruges has lovingly prepared a selection of Bruges shopping venues with local character and neatly assembled them on one map. No mass production — only specialist businesses spread across the city, each offering top quality and each run for more than five years by a passionate local entrepreneur or a creative Bruges craftsperson. Their specialities are many and varied: delicatessen shops, interior design, original fashion stores, rare books and manuscripts. If you are looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary and are prepared to leave the beaten track to find it, shopping in shops where the locals also love to go, then the Local Love addresses are ideal for you. Sounds like your cup of tea? Pick up a free Local Love map from one of the tourist offices.

Art and Antiques

For lovers of centuries-old objéts d’art, unique manuscripts, 17th century paintings, more modern artistic creations and contemporary photography, Bruges is a veritable paradise — and not just in the city’s museums! Let the #ArtandAntiques map lead you to some of the finest and most reputable art galleries and antique stores, where you can make your acquaintance with the unique and high-quality offer that has something to suit every taste and budget. Pop in to one of our tourist offices and pick up a free copy of the #ArtandAntiques map (or download a pdf version and use it on your device).

Handmade in Brugge

Bruges is full of passionate and highly motivated creative people, who day after day prove that craftsmanship has a future and that Bruges’ craftsmanship is timeless. Modern-day artisans who produce their wares locally and by hand are recognised with the award of the Handmade in Bruges label. The Handmade in Bruges guide (available in Dutch, French, German and English and available for free from the tourist offices) bundles together these ‘makers of things’, putting them both literally and figuratively on the map, allowing you to find your way with ease to one of their many stores or workshops selling handmade goods. And once you are there, you are almost certain to leave with an original, handmade gift — either for yourself or for your family and friends at home. Make sure you also visit De Makersrepubliek at Academiestraat 14, an open house for Bruges craftsmen, young entrepreneurs and start-ups. The home to Handmade in Bruges is situated Sint-Jakobsstraat 36.
Adresse: Sint-Jakobsstraat 36

Procession of the Holy Blood

This procession that dates back to at least 1304, takes place in Bruges every year on Ascension Day. Although there have been many changes over the centuries, the heart of the event is the reenactment of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Procession of the Holy Blood was added to the representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Adresse: The route passes through the city centre
Åpningstider: Start in the Dijver at 2:30 pm and ends around 5:30 pm

Triennial Bruges 2024

Every three years the Bruges Triennial brings contemporary art and architecture to the historic city centre of Bruges: a unique setting and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 2015 it has built further on the series of triennials that were put together in 1968, 1971, and 1974 and brought visual arts into the public domain. In each edition, the artistic team invites national and international artists and architects to submit new temporary installations. Some dozen of these works of art and meeting places engage in an active dialogue with their surroundings: alongside waterways, in cobbled streets, in peaceful places of worship, or on vacant lots. For visitors, it will be a summer-long exploration, following a unique and inviting trail with a social aspect.
Adresse: Art trail in the historic centre of Bruges
Billetter: Free

Carillon concerts

Throughout the year, you can enjoy free, live carillon concerts in Bruges on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to noon. From mid-June to mid-September, evening concerts also take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 pm to 10 pm. The inner courtyard of the Belfry is a good place to listen.
Adresse: Belfry, Markt 7, Bruges

Airbag Festival — Accordion festival

This international biennial accordion festival is already into its ninth edition, this time with accordion virtuoso Philippe Thuriot as the curator. Performances will take place in the Royal City Theatre, the Magic Mirrors marquee and various other venues spread throughout the city.
Adresse: Markt, Burg & Kruisvest

GOLD — Polyphony festival

A polyphony festival that brings together all the beauty of Bruges in the Golden Age: the fascinating history, immovable heritage, art treasures and, above all, music. This second edition revolves around the Lucca Choirbook.
Adresse: Concertgebouw, 't Zand 34

Budapest Festival

A music festival with concerts by the celebrated Budapest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Iván Fischer, who also wants to use this festival as a medium to introduce classical music to young children.
Adresse: Concertgebouw, 't Zand 34, Bruges


Flanders' largest antiques and second-hand market on 't Zand attracts bargain-hunters from far and wide.
Adresse: 't Zand, Bruges
Åpningstider: Sun 6am–6pm

Cactus Festival

An atmospheric open-air music festival in the Minnewater Park, with a cocktail of contemporary music in all its diversity. Internationally famous, yet easy-going. A true people’s festival that stimulates all senses, both onstage and off, with a large selection of culinary treats.
Adresse: Minnewaterpark, Bruges

Cirque Plus

A free circus festival featuring artists from home and abroad in a unique location: the garden of the Major Seminary.
Adresse: Major Seminary, via Peterseliestraat, Bruges
Åpningstider: 2.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m.


Musical and other fireworks at unforgettable locations in Bruges city centre, such as the Burg. In unique settings, you will be able to enjoy top national and international acts at one of the evening concerts.
Adresse: Burg & inner court Gruuthuse Museum, Bruges


Each year this highly respected festival of Ancient Music — MA stands for Musica Antiqua — continues to attract the world’s top performers to Bruges and Bruges’ wood- and wetlands.
Adresse: Bruges & Bruges’ wet- and woodlands

Iedereen Klassiek (Everyone Classic)

Classical music radio station Klara and the Concert Hall join forces to allow you to explore the beauty of Bach, Beethoven and Bruges. This festival is traditionally brought to a close with a performance by the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.
Adresse: 't Zand 34

Winter Glow

Winter Glow brings warmth and conviviality to the Burg square. This winter festival always guarantees scintillating street theatre, atmospheric concerts and heartwarming fire installations. Christmas market, ice-skating rink, festive lights and an outdoor bar — what else could one need to feel the spirit of winter holidays.
Adresse: Burg

Tour of Flanders

This historic and world-famous race for professional cyclists will be contested for the 100th time in 2016. The start is on the Markt at 10 am. The City of Bruges will be laying on a celebratory programme to mark the occasion.
Adresse: Markt, Bruges

Film festival Mooov

This 10-day film festival, screened in Cinema Lumière and Cinema Liberty, shows the best new films from Africa, Asia and South America. The programme covers both artistically innovative movies and films with a social conscience.
Adresse: Cinema Lumière, Sint-Jakobsstraat 36, Bruges

Pageant of the Golden Tree

The Pageant of the Golden Tree takes place every five years and is inspired by the festivities to celebrate the marriage of Charles the Bold and Margaret of York in 1468. The Golden Tree was the symbol of the chivalric tournament that was held on the Market Square as part of these celebrations. The modern day procession involves more than 2,000 costumed participants, several ‘giants’ and various decorated floats.
Adresse: Route goes through the city centre

Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival

Two weeks of the best national and international genre films: fantasies, thrillers, action films, comedies, animation films and much more!

Snow & Ice Sculpture Festival

Explore the fantastic world of snow and ice, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime – without doubt, the coolest day trip of the year! In the ice bar you can enjoy a heart-warming glass of something ‘on the rocks’. You will shiver with delight and your rosy cheeks and nose will glow with pleasure. But don’t forget to keep your gloves and woolly hat close at hand: the temperature in the ice palace is a constant minus six degrees centigrade!
Adresse: Stationsplein
Telefon: +32 50 20 04 65
Åpningstider: daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Billetter: € 15 / 13 / 11

By Car / Coach / Ferry

TO BRUGES From the UK you travel to Bruges by ferry or by Eurotunnel: Dover (UK) – Dunkerque (F) with DFDS Seaways (crossing: 2h). Take the motorway E40 to Brugge. Estimated distance Dunkerque – Brugge is 76 km or 47 miles (1h driving). Dover (UK) – Calais (F) with P&O Ferries or DFDS Seaways (crossing: 1h 30min). Estimated distance Calais – Brugge is 120 km or 75 miles (1h 30min driving). Folkestone (UK) – Calais (F) via Eurotunnel (35 min). Estimated distance Calais – Brugge is 120 km or 75 miles (1h 30min driving). IN BRUGES A 30 kph zone is in force throughout the entire city centre. This means that you are forbidden at all times to drive faster than 30 kilometres per hour. Bruges is a compact city, made for people. The use of motorised transport in the historic city centre is discouraged. There are a number of outlying car parks within easy walking distance of the centre where you can park free of charge. A little further away are the park-and-ride car parks, also free, from which you can reach the centre by bike or public transport. A blue zone has been created around the city centre. You can park free of charge for a limited period in this blue zone (max. 4 hours) between 9 am and 6 pm. Always remember to use your parking disc! Between 9 am and 8 pm above ground parking in the city centre is limited in time (min. 30 min. and max. 4 hours) and metered, also on Sundays and public holidays (less than 1 hour: €2; less than 2 hours: €5; less than 3 hours: €9; max. €14 for 4 hours). Payment can be made via an SMS/text message using the 4411 app (only for Belgian mobile phone numbers) or by cash or bank card at one of the parking ticket machines. The correct number plate of your car must always be entered into the machine. Parking in the city centre for an unlimited period is cheapest in the public car parks: the car park Centrum-Station in front of the railway station and the car park Centrum-‘t Zand under the ’t Zand square. Both car parks are within easy walking distance of the market square, or else you can use one of the city buses operated by De Lijn. The bus transfer (max. 4 people per car) from the Centrum-Station car park to the city centre and back is included in the price of the parking ticket. If you are staying overnight in Bruges, ask your hotel or guesthouse about parking options in the vicinity. Please take note that the following shopping streets will have restricted vehicle access between 1 pm and 6 pm on Saturdays and during Shopping Sundays (the first Sunday of each month) as well as on the festive season shopping days: Zuidzandstraat, Steenstraat, Geldmuntstraat, Noordzandstraat. There is an exception for visitors who are staying in hotels which are accessed via these streets (hotel Van Eyck, Grand Hotel du Sablon and hotel Acacia). Anyone who does not have accommodation and drives on these streets will be identified using number plate recognition and will receive a ticket.

By Train

NATIONAL RAIL Every day, there are from one to four direct services each hour between Bruges and the important train junctions at Antwerp, Ghent, Hasselt, Leuven and Brussels. INTERNATIONAL RAIL The Brussels-South Station (Brussel-Zuid/-Bruxelles-Midi) is the Belgian hub for international rail traffic. Numerous high-speed trains arrive in Brussel-Zuid daily, coming from Paris (Thalys/Izy and TGV), Lille (Eurostar, TGV and Thalys), London (Eurostar), Amsterdam (NS InterCity, Thalys and Eurostar) and Cologne (Thalys and ICE). Every day, there are three trains an hour from Brussels-South Station, which stop at Bruges on their way to Ostend, Knokke or Blankenberge. The travelling time between Brussel-Zuid and Bruges is approximately 1 hour. Please consult the Belgian rail website (NMBS) for more details.

By Plane

TO BRUGES Via Brussels Airport-Zaventem The national airport daily receives flights from more than 200 cities in 85 countries. It is easy to travel from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Bruges by train. Every day there is a direct hourly service to Bruges. In addition, many other trains from Brussels Airport-Zaventem regularly stop at Brussels-North, Brussels-Central or Brussels-South railway stations. From these three stations there are daily three trains an hour stopping at Bruges on their way to Ostend, Knokke or Blankenberge. Via Brussels South Charleroi Airport This popular regional airport receives multiple low cost flights every day from various cities and regions in Europe. The bus company provides several direct shuttle bus services to and from the station in Bruges on a daily basis. Via Ostend-Bruges Airport The Ostend-Bruges Airport is in full development and systematically expands its offer. The railway station at Ostend is just a 15-minute bus ride away. From here, there are at least three trains to Bruges each hour between 6 am and 10 pm, with final destinations in Eupen, Welkenraedt, Brussels Airport-Zaventem, Antwerpen-Centraal or Kortrijk. The train journey to Bruges takes about 15 minutes. Please consult the website of Belgian Railways for more information about timetables and fares.

International Coach Services

Several international coach companies organise connections to Bruges from important foreign cities and international transport hubs, more specifically the HST stations at Brussels-South and Lille-Europe, as well as the airports at Frankfurt (terminal 2), Cologne, Brussels, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly. The bus stops for these services are on the Sint-Michiels’ side (Spoorwegstraat) of the main railway station. You can find the most up-to-date information about the coach companies on the Visit Bruges website.
Adresse: Spoorwegstraat, Bruges


Official taxi ranks can be found at the Bruges railway station (front and back near the Spoorwegstraat), along Bargeweg (canal island), on the Market Square, in the Vlamingstraat (opposite the City Theatre), in Kuipersstraat (next to the library), in Boeveriestraat (near 't Zand) and in Zeebrugge along the Rederskaai by the ABC building (the cruise ship terminal), at the Zeebrugge railway station (Zeebrugge-Dorp) and in Baron de Maerelaan (Station-Strand).
Adresse: Station, Bargeweg, Markt, Vlamingstraat, Kuipersstraat, Boeveriestraat & Zeebrugge (cruiseterminal Rederskaai, Station-Dorp & Station-Strand)

Public Transport

A bus travels between the Station and the city centre and back every 5 minutes. It’s the relaxing way to get to and from the city centre. A ticket allows you to change bus services as many times as you want for a period of 60 minutes. The ticket price is € 3.00. STATION TO CENTRE Bus Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 23 bring you into central Brugge and stop within walking distance of the main shopping streets, historic buildings and museums. The city centre stops are ’t Zand (all the above lines except 11), Sint-Salvatorskerk (Lines 1, 4, 6, 13, 14 and 16), O.L.V. Kerk and Dijver (Lines 1, 6, 11, 12 and 16), Markt (Lines 4, 13 and 14) and Stadsschouwburg (Lines 4, 13 and 14). CENTRE TO STATION The service to Brugge Station goes via the stops Stadsschouwburg (Lines 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 25), Markt (Lines 2, 4, 13 and 14) and ’t Zand (Lines 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 23 and 25). Please note! Between 1 pm and 6 pm every Saturday and on the first Sunday of every month, Lines 2, 4, 13 and 14 pass via the stops O.L.V. Kerk and Dijver and not via Markt.


European emergency number: tel. 112. This general number is used in all countries of the European Union to contact the emergency services: police, fire brigade or medical assistance. The number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Medical help » Doctors, pharmacists, dentists and nursing officers on duty: tel. 1733 » S.O.S. Emergency Service: tel. 100 » Hospitals: A.Z. St.-Jan: tel. +32 50 45 21 11 A.Z. St.-Lucas: tel. +32 50 36 91 11 St.-Franciscus Xaveriuskliniek: tel. +32 50 47 04 70 » Poisons Advice Centre: tel. +32 70 245 245 Police » General telephone number: +32 50 44 88 44 » Emergency police assistance: tel. 101 » Working hours Mon–Fri 8am–5pm and Sat 9am–6pm you can contact the central police services at Kartuizerinnenstraat 4 » After working hours you can access the police station on 3, Lodewijk Coiseaukaai from Mon–Thu 7am–9pm and continually from 7 pm on Friday to 9 pm on Sunday. For urgent matters, the police station has a 24-hour telephone service.

Passport / Visa

Belgium can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay. The latest pandemic related travel requirements can be found at the link below.

Post Office

bpost You can make use of one of the post points (advice, dispatch, stamps, etc.) or stamp shops (stamps only) that you can find in several of the shopping streets.
Adresse: Smedenstraat 57, Bruges
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 9am–6pm, Sat 9am–3pm, Sun closed


Bruges enjoys a mild, maritime climate. The summers are warm without being hot and the winters are cold without being freezing. During spring and autumn the temperatures are also pleasant and there is moderate rainfall throughout the year, with the heaviest concentrations in autumn and winter. So remember to bring your umbrella!


Country code: +32 Area code: (0)50