Bruges is the most popular city break destination in Belgium, attracting many thousands of tourists every year. The easiest way to travel to Bruges from the UK is to take the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Brussels, from where you take a local train the short distance to Bruges. You will be in Brussels just 2 hours after leaving London and the onward journey to Bruges takes less than an hour.
This wonderfully romantic, medieval city centre has so much to offer the tourist with its canals and bridges, medieval Flemish architecture and higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets. Whether you decide to explore the many museums, churches and cultural attractions, take a boat trip on the canals or just relax in the excellent cafés and restaurants you will find plenty to amuse and interest you.
A boat trip on the canals is a perfect way to become acquainted with the city. Long queues can form so it’s best to get there early in the day if you can. It really is one of the best ways to see this city known as the “Venice of the North”.
For a wonderful view over the city you should tackle the 370 steps of the 13th century Belfry of Bruges, with its carillon of 47 bells. Bruges is famous for its tempting chocolate shops and the ChocolateMuseum will give you a glimpse into the world of the chocolatier. For a uniquely Belgian experience a visit to the Frietmuseum or Museum of Chips is also a must!
Chocolate or chips, lace or beer, culture or cafés, there really is something for everyone in Bruges