Bruges

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Top attractions in Bruges

The 7 must-see attractions of Bruges

A medieval town criss-crossed with canals and cobbled lanes; it’s easy to see why so many tourists visit Bruges each year. There’s a beautiful building on every corner, but if you’re wondering what to do, be sure to visit at least a few of our top seven sightseeing spots.

  • Basilica of the Holy Blood

    1. Basilica of the Holy Blood

    If it weren’t impressive enough that this 12th Century church is still standing, it also displays a relic of the blood of Jesus Christ. Visit mid-week to avoid too many tourists.

  • St Salvator’s Cathedral

    2. St Salvator’s Cathedral

    Visit this cathedral in the Old Town Square to take in the beautifully restored Gothic building and the historic artworks inside. Visitors can tour every morning around services.

  • Béguinage

    3. Béguinage

    This series of pretty, white townhouses would be every Instagrammer’s dream – were it not now a convent for Benedictine nuns. Come in the spring to enjoy the daffodils.

  • 4. Loppem Castle

    You’ll think you’ve stumbled into a Disney film as you approach this turreted castle, surrounded by water and fit for a princess. To not get lost in the garden maze, follow a wall!

  • Groeninge Museum

    5. Groeninge Museum

    Neoclassicism? Check. Expressionism? Check. Post-war modern art? Check! There’s something for every art-lover at the Groeninge Museum. Entry is 8€ or free with some city passes.

  • Belfry of Bruges

    6. Belfry of Bruges

    You can’t miss this imposing landmark. Climb the tower for panoramic views if you’re feeling fit and happy to queue, or wait until evening to enjoy it lit up from the square.

  • Church of Our Lady Bruges

    7. Church of Our Lady Bruges

    Parts of the building are currently under renovation, but this beautiful church is worth a visit just to see Michaelangelo’s Madonna and Child (for just 3€ while works continue).

Planning Your Visit

  • How is the weather?

    Bruges is not a hot or humid city, making it a great place to sightsee comfortably all summer (expect highs of 21 degrees and take a jacket for the evening). However, it’s busy most weekends, so consider planning a trip mid-week to have more of the city to yourself. Winter can be cold, making it a good choice if you like to avoid crowds, but the Christmas markets are a pretty and popular draw during the festive season.

  • How can I get there?

    Flights to Bruges from Europe can often be relatively inexpensive if you consider a low-cost airline into Ostend airport. Direct flights from further afield also land at this international airport. It’s easily accessible by train from many major European cities, including Paris and London via the Eurostar. The ferry is another popular option.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch, German and French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +32
  • Best time to visit
    From April to May, it's still a bit chilly but the city's fauna is blooming and it's possible to get some great accommodation deals! From June to August, the temperatures are warmest, the trees are green, but there are definitely more crowds, too.

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What people are saying about Bruges

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We did the Tour with Natalie. She was amazing! Really fun and knowledgeable. She let us choose if we want the quick 2h tour or the slightly longer one which we went for. The whole group was pretty fun and we got a great insight to Bruges history and how the city came about. I can highly recommend it!!

Great family activity! We took our 2 year old and had so much fun! You learn a little about the history of Belgian waffles, make your own and decorate with your toppings! They package up any leftovers you have to take home with you! Great activity for Belgium!

This tour was excellent! Philippe was a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide. You see many of the sites around the Flanders area and even have a chance at walking around Ypres. Would highly recommend this tour.

This was a fabulous event. We learned so much history about the city and was amazed by the Medieval beauty. Our guide was perfect.

This tour had been organized for a business group and it was very much appreciated by all participants. Thanks!