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Brugge Things to Do

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    4 out of 5 stars

    One of the best ways to see Brugge is on a 30 minute canal tour. You can pick up a canal boat at several departure points across the town and all cost 7 euros for the trip. (2013 prices). The boats all take the same route and this is a nice way to see the town from the canals. Commentary is in Dutch, French, English and German.

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  • Belfry Tower - Belfort

    After rewatching "In Bruges" where the belfry is the central focus of much of the movie we had to go to the top but unlike the movie you can't go up at night as we found out when we arrived at 4:30pm to find that we had missed the cutoff by 15 minutes. The sign says only 70 people are allowed at the top so it may be best to do this earlier in the...

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  • Beguinage - Begijnhof

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Beguines were a religious movement of single or widowed women who wanted to live in a pious way but outside the walls of a convent or monastery. So in many north Belgian and Dutch cities so called Begijnhofs were set up where these women lived and prayed. The one in Brugge is probably the most beautiful of these, but I can only compare it with...

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Brugge Restaurants

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  • Frites/Waffles /other food

    4 out of 5 stars

    You just HAVE to try frites when in Belgium, there are a couple of theories as to how they got popularized as French fries but we should have renamed them Belgian fries a long time ago as the Belgians make them the best. When all the lunacy about Freedom Fries was going in the US, the Belgians should have snuck in and campaigned to rename them...

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  • Arthies

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Arthies is the kind of Bistro that you used to find in Paris. Full of charm, atmosphere, local patrons and that je ne sais pas.... Situated in the very heart of Bruges, Arthies is the kind of untouristlike place that the discerning tourist is always hoping to find. Exquisite gastronomy and impeccable service is provided by the charming hosts Sophie...

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  • De Vlaamsche Pot / Pancake house

    4 out of 5 stars

    We asked the waiter what the chicken vol au vent consisted of and were told among other things that it contained meatballs. We asked if it would be possible to order this dish without meatballs and were told no problem, so my wife and another lady in our party ordered the dish each asking for no meatballs. You've probably guessed that the two...

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Brugge Nightlife

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  • Bars / Cafes / Taverns.

    Prices aren't bad and the beer selection is exactly why one goes to a bar while in Belgium. Its endless. I was with locals so it did seem we got better service than the other tourists around us. They also serve dinner and I had the spaghetti and can I just say YUM? I am pretty sure the reason people come here to eat is JUST for the spaghetti and I...

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  • Nightclubs with Music / Dancing

    Modern complex, superb design interior with Leonardo candles, minimalistic walls, glass roof, a big terrace. See the website! The music is variable. The public is 25-45 years old. You can order some tapas (chicken skewers with oriental dipsauce put in a pineapple) or some other quick snacks. Modern/Hip/Chique

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  • Brug's Beertje (Bar)

    This tiny little pub, which I believe has no food but only beer (my idea of heaven), boasts over 350 beers on tap and in the bottle. Every beer has its own specaily designed glass, as if it were crafted just for you. There are very few tables, so you will probably have to share with strangers, which is the best way to share a pint! Do try...

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Brugge Transportation

  • Travel by Plane Train ,Boat or Car or ...

    There is a good range of bus services in West Flanders that radiate from Brugge, There are 25 bus routes within the city and many to tourist towns such as Ostend, De Haan etc and the website link here has details. The bus station is a 5 minute walk from the town centre and is near the Concert Hall.

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  • Canal Boat Tours.

    One of the nicest ways to see Bruges is by taking a trip on the canal, there are five families that are allowed to organise tourist excursions by open boats on the canals. Each family is allowed 4 boats, so prices are regulated. These guided canal trips let you see the hidden corners of the city at water level. The rides last about 40 minutes and...

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  • Horse Drawn Carriage Tours.

    We did not do these horse and carriage tours as they are very expensive at 39 euros for 30 minutes around the town. This also includes a 10 minutes stop at the Minnenwater where the horse has a water stop. I also read that it is hard to hear the guide speak due to the noise of the horse and carriage on the cobbled streets. However if you would like...

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Brugge Shopping

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  • Chocolate Stores

    Belgian chocolate is made exclusively with cocoa butter and is famous for its pralines. There are probably too many chocolate shops for the size of the town and many had offers on purchases - especially those away from the centre. However in each and every shop the displays are wonderful - our visit was just before Easter and some of the Easter...

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  • Art ,Souvenir and Food Shops

    Kathe Wohlfahrt is a German based Christmas store that has several locations in Germany, one in France and one in Brugge, Belgium very close to Markt Square I thought the incense smokers were really cool but a little more than I wanted to spend so I bought a couple of Christmas ornaments for my sister in law and one for myself. There's a large...

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  • German Christmas shop

    Kathe Wohlfahrt is a German based Christmas store that has several locations in Germany, one in France and one in Brugge, Belgium very close to Markt Square I thought the incense smokers were really cool but a little more than I wanted to spend so I bought a couple of Christmas ornaments for my sister in law and one for myself. There's a large...

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Brugge Local Customs

  • Beers / Chocolates / Flemish Frites...

    I would suggest to VT to stop using the term of "Flemish Frites" which is laughable because Belgians do not distinguish Flemish fritten from Walloon or Brussels frites!!! Even our Flemish or Walloon nationalists do not make such a distinction. On the other hand it is already a big progress that VT did not mention "French fries" as title. The...

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  • 2 languages are spoken Flemish and...

    As a bilingual Belgian I never speak (or write) French in the Flemish part of Belgium, even if my interlocutor understands French, and I never speak Flemish in Wallonia. In Brussels I have the choice but will mainly speak French. By doing so I have the best chance for good business or private relations. For tourists in Brugge and more generally...

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  • Lace making a well known Belgian Art.

    There are many ways to make lace. Needlepoint Lace is made with a needle and thread. It is very closely related to embroidery but the stitches are made without cloth underneath them. They are simply woven and twisted on each other and on loops of thread held by the lace-maker using fine buttonhole stitches. There is also Irish Lace which is made...

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Brugge Warnings and Dangers

  • It gets crowded too many people

    Bruges is among the safest cities in Belgium, but in crowded places you have to beware of pickpockets. Car-jacking incidents involving expensive cars are not unheard of. If you do not like crowds, you should try to avoid the summer months for your visit when the tourist invasion is at its high. In summer also the mosquitoes of the canals may bring...

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  • Eating too many Chocolates and Frites...

    A very few Chocolate shops in Brugge DO NOT allow you to ' look around ' and will chuck you out into the street if you do go in without knowing what you want! Check the door signs before you look. The shopkeeper of the one below was particularily obnoxious about it. exlibris

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  • A safe City you could fall in love with

    About the only danger for a female will be gazing at all the gorgeous men and tripping on the cobblestone streets (no joke - I couldn't believe how hot the guys are in Belgium overall). Also a severe danger... eating Galler chocolates, oh and waffles!!! Sinful. The best, truly the best, waffles with powdered sugar I've ever had in my life. At...

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Brugge Tourist Traps

  • Restaurants too expensive.

    I went to one of the brasserie/cafes where they have a table service on the main square with my nearly 60 year old parents. I can't remember the name any more because we were just passing by Brugge on our way to Germany and were not there to stay. The waiter told us to sit and when came around we ordered three coffees. Little did we know that it...

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  • Negative comments about Lace making.

    I wonder what kind of quality you'll get if you only pay 4 euro for some souvenir lace? Do you know how labour intensive lace making is? Are they made in Belgium? Anyway , all those lace shop's really got on my nerve. And I was really bothered when a respectable brand of chocolates combined a lace shop with chocolates. REVOLTING. I have...

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  • Negative comments about Tours.

    Brugge is such a small city that everything is easy accessible by foot. Just make sure you get a map (it's available in the train station and in various hotels) and walk through the town. The only advantage of the coaches is that you get some info from the guide. But then again ... they won't be any good book available in the shops.

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Brugge What to Pack

  • Good walking shoes & warm clothes

    Lock it up with a pad lock folks. No joke! Take some crapy clothes with you. Then replace them with new cool new ones you buy alone the way. Donate you old ones to a hostel. Bring cold meds. They are hard to find in little towns. And of coarse there’s this old one: “Lay out all the clothes you want to take with you. Take out half the clothes and...

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  • Umbrella & Raincoat

    If you go in May, make sure you bring an umbrella and a raincoat, as well as a sweater or two. The weather was very unpredictable. One minute it was warm and sunny and I had to take off my jackets, and five minutes later it would be windy and raining. Bring comfortable shoes (sommething that won't soak through). While we were in Brugge, it rained...

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  • Lot's of Film & Mosquito Spray &...

    On my first two trips to Bruges, I had to say bring a wide angle for panoramas of this mesmerizing city and of course, lots of film but prior to my last visit, I finally broke down and bought a digital SLR. I got a Rebel and opted for a 10-20mm lens which is equivalent to a 16-35mm film camera. You can readily see the difference in the scope of...

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Brugge Off The Beaten Path

  • Nearby Towns or Villages.

    In Brugge, I rented a bike and followed an easy route to the Netherlands. The path was next to the tree-lined Damme canal with the occasional windmill and small town on the side - there was even a pub or two for emergency refreshment breaks. The towns on the way are Damme, Ooskerke, Hoeke. I rode for about an hour and fifteen minutes to reach a...

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  • Belgian Windmills

    There are four windmills along the canal that circles the old town section of Brugge. It seems as though most people do not bother to venture out to them, so, there are no bothersome crowds. I walked out to them in the early morning dawn and again at night. Also, if you go at night the windmills are lit and there is so little traffic that all is...

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  • Quiet Streets and Areas.

    “I forgot to mention that Memling’s pictures in the Hospital of St. John were presented to the Institution by that stunner in return for the care bestowed upon him when he was received here, severely wounded and in great want, after the battle of Nancy. The interior of the hospital has undergone since his time but very little alteration. His...

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Brugge Sports & Outdoors

  • Walking Biking Hiking

    The first tour called "Tour 1" Damme&Brugge is usually from Bruge via delightful poplarlined canal onward to Damme; formerly an outer harbour to Bruges and now a beautiful medieval market town. From 10:30AM -01:30 PM. Tour 2 : In the countryside: - Cycling the Green belt around Bruges. On this tour, one would see Windmills, picturesque Flemish...

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  • Number One Soccer Team

    The players of Club Brugge may be involved in the Christmas markets in Bruges this year. I Know that the Bruges Christmas markets are popular with tourists from the UK as the nearby city of Brussels is served by the Eurostar and provides many accommodation options making the destination the perfect choice for a winter break. There are many places...

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  • Brugges team at the Christmas markets in...

    The players of Club Brugge may be involved in the Christmas markets in Bruges this year. I Know that the Bruges Christmas markets are popular with tourists from the UK as the nearby city of Brussels is served by the Eurostar and provides many accommodation options making the destination the perfect choice for a winter break. There are many places...

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Brugge Favorites

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  • City Square/ Grote Markt

    In the third chapter of Bruges-la-Morte, Hugues Viane spends a week stalking the streets of Brugge, looking in vain for the young woman who resembles his dead wife. After a week, he finally catches sight of her again and follows her through some parts of the city that he normally avoided on his solitary walks, starting with the Grand’Place,...

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  • Churches/ Cathedrals.

    Still in the second chapter of Bruges-la-Morte, Hugues Viane goes into the Church of Our Lady, (in Flemish Vrouwkerk, in French Notre-Dame), where he spends some time thinking about death (what else?) and gazing in quiet despair at the tombs of Charles le Téméraire (1433-1477) and his daughter Marie de Bourgogne (1457–1482). He emerges from the...

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  • Walk or relax around the City

    Bruges is a very easy and compact city to navigate on foot. From the moment we left the train station we walked and explored Bruges on foot even though it was a bit cold and raining, which of course never stops me from exploring a beautiful city like Bruges.

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Top 5 Cycling Cities: Bruges

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Though the most obvious mode of exploring Bruges may be a canal tour, the city is also easily traveled by bike. By starting at the belfry in the Market or City Hall on the Burg, visitors can easily bike to other sights, such as the Basilica of Holy Blood and the Church of Our Lady, which features Michelangelo's Mother and Child sculpture. For a longer ride, the Vlaanderen Fietsroute (Flemish Cycle Route) makes it possible to cycle from Bruges to other Belgian cities, including Gent, Antwerp, or Brussels.

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