Bruges Tourist Attractions

Bruges is only 120km from Calais and 20km from the seaside resort of Zeebrugge. Whether you fancy a romantic break or just a weekend away let Bruges charm you with its richness and diversity. It is in our opinion one of Europe's most attractive cities. It's fairly accessible from the channel ports, typically taking under two hours to reach from Calais.

Bruges is famed for its cultural attractions in general and art and architecture in particular. One of the outstanding features of the museum collections maintained in the city is its depth and scope. In a tour of the local municipal[al museums you can find, fine arts, potters, silver, folklore and much more.

Brugges Museums

Check directly with each museum for specific opening times, prices and exhibition details. This is a small selection .

  • Groeninge Museum - A permanent collection featuring work from six hundred years from the region.
    • Dijver 12, 8000 Brugge
  • Gruuthuse Museum - Once one of the richest cities in Northern Europe, a visit to this noble house is to step back in time and bear witness to the opulence of five centuries of great wealth in Brugge. The house will be closed until the end of March.
    • Dijver 17, B-8000 Bruges
  • Memling Museum - St John's Hospital was one of Europe's oldest hospitals in continuous operation until it was closed in late 1976.Today the complex hosts the Hospital Museum as well as the internationally renown Memling Museum, the home to several works by the Flemish Primitives Master, Hans Memling. Its usually closed on Mondays, normal opening hours are 9.30 to 17.00
    • Mariastraat 38, 8000 Brugge

  • Brugge Town Hall (Stadhuis) - The beating heart of public administration in the city for over 700 years, if you have time take an hour or two to look around. The Gothic Room is worth a peek, take the audio guide you'll get a lot more from the experience.
  • Guido Gezelle Museum - This is an edifice dedicated to one of the most celebrated Flemish poets but also his life and literature in general. It does have exhibits likely to interest a wide range of visitors but it is a honey pot for writers and poets.
    • Rolweg 64, B-8000 Bruges
  • Folklore Museum (Volkskundemuseum) - The day to day life of 'ordinary' people is explained and celebrated in this popular exhibition that covers education, several trades (shoe, hat and barrel making) as well as an insight into the pharmacy an inn and a patisserie. There's a wealth of authentic decor and fixtures and fittings. Closed on Mondays, open from 9.30 to 17.00

Information for the City of Bruges on this page, these links for our most recent local tourism features or restaurants in Bruges or hotels in Bruges.

The city centre has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and a population is around 120,000. The greater metropolitan area extends as far as Zeebrugge on the coast. It's one of the cities known as 'The Venice of the North'.

Six Reasons To Visit Bruges

If you want even more reasons to hop the channel and travel into the Flemish heartland think about this:

  • Unlimited museum hopping - It would take a long time to exhaust all the potential sites of historical and cultural interest.
  • Romantic strolls - ‘Evening city rambles’ and ‘Old bars and tough stories’ are just two the walking tours that have been recently introduced.
  • The City Theatre has recently undergone a programme of tasteful restoration and can now offer visitors wonderful spectacles both winter and summer.
  • The Canal Network - You can see the city from the vantage point of a canal boats. Not only saving your shoe leather but also giving you a completely different perspective on the sights.
  • Chocolate - The World Heritage City is redolent with the aroma of chocolate all year round, and its countless inventive chocolatiers prepare the superb local chocolates, the famous Brugse Zwaantjes (little swans), by the dozen.
  • Shopping without limits - Imposing design shops and exclusive fashion boutiques, budget-friendly knick-knack stores and much more.

Location And Contact

If you'd like some more information about visit Bruges and the surrounding area you can contact the city website.

  • Postbus 744 - 8000 Brugge, Belgium
  • +32 50 44 46 46

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