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Brugge Things to Do

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    4th (or maybe 5th) canal trip May 2016. I didn't see the dog in the window which made me quite sad and Marilyn Monroe seems to also have vacated the city which didn't bother me a bit Yes, it's touristy, but you are after all a tourist and you can't really leave Brugge until you've done a canal tour. Besides it's a good way to rest your feet for a...

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  • Belfry Tower - Belfort

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When we were making our way toward Markt Square, we approached the Belfry Tower and Halls from its rear entrance where we walked through the arched vestibule with its vaulted, ribbed ceiling and then into the inner courtyard and out into Markt Square. We did linger a few minutes in the inner courtyard to take photos, but the sun didn't cooperate...

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  • Beguinage - Begijnhof

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Founded around 1245 by Margaret, Countess of Flanders, the Beguinage of Brugge, or the "Princely Beguinage at the Vineyards," is still today the picture of serenity which befits its original and present purposes. It once was the home of the 'beguines' -- single, adult women who were part of Christian lay religious orders/communities that were...

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Brugge Restaurants

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  • Frites - Waffles

    4 out of 5 stars

    It seems that there are certain Belgian foods and drink that tourists as well as locals are very fond of: great Belgian beers, Belgian chocolate, moules-frites, frites alone, and Belgian waffles! While Belgian waffles are mainly considered a hot breakfast food in my country, here they are considered a quick, sweet treat that you can buy from kiosks...

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  • Grote Markt restaurants

    4 out of 5 stars

    I'm a bit confused as to whether Cafe des Arts and Cafe des Artistes are the same? Anyway, Cafe des Arts is in Grokte Market, in the strip of restaurants there. The service was fine, and the food was good--mussels au gratin, mussels et frites, and dessert. Their fries were particularly good, some of the best I had in Belgium. I only had one meal...

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  • The Olive Tree

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    After a long day of strolling through the maze of beautiful streets in Brugge, we yearned for some good food - alas, most of the restaurants either seemed to be to expensive or to tacky looking. But then we came across the Olive Tree and decided that this was the place to eat. It was a good decision: the food was superb, the service friendly and...

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Brugge Nightlife

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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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  • 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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  • Staminee de Garre (Beer Bar)

    This place was possibly one of the cutest places I've ever been too. Small, cozy, with an amazing book of Belgian beers. The place is crowded but worth the wait, because the beers are excellent! I wrote an article about eating and drinking in Bruges. Please click below to read...

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Brugge Transportation

  • 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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  • Parking the car and walking

    Brugge is not a city to visit with car, overall is payable. Street parkings are not very much and is mostly available for residents only, so you're likely have to drive down to underground parking. Not everyone like to come by cars because of its expensive parkings. Brugge is compact and walkable, but if you happen to come by car the cheapest...

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

    In Bruges there are two places where you can leave your baggage - one in train station and the other one in the center at the big market. The lockers are located in Historium, Market 1 nearest bus stop opening from Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00 Locker opening hour in station is from: Monday to Sunday 6:00 to 22:00 pm. If you enter in the...

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Brugge Shopping

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  • Chocolate Stores

    I can't recommend any one chocolate shop in particular in Brugge, I stopped at several and each one of them was good. What I found in other cities though is that the ones that the guidebooks recommended tended to be the higher priced shops and although I was willing to pay for good chocolates, I found that my personal taste tended towards the mid...

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  • Art ,Souvenir and Food Shops

    No weekday shopping experience but a real concept store with its own (way) philosophy. The shop doesn't exist anymore. You will find talented creatives from all disciplines: art jewelry, ceramics, clothing, art photography, vintage design and even handmade postcards.

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  • You don't have to look far

    I can't recommend any one chocolate shop in particular in Brugge, I stopped at several and each one of them was good. What I found in other cities though is that the ones that the guidebooks recommended tended to be the higher priced shops and although I was willing to pay for good chocolates, I found that my personal taste tended towards the mid...

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Brugge Local Customs

  • 2 languages are spoken Flemish and...

    Just noticed this page is about Brugge only, I live in Maasmechelen, far away from Brugge, we have a even bigger language barrier with each other than with the french community... strange country indeed :) Can't say if they share my (our) point of view over there, only bin there once... Beautiful city but to crowded for me, nothing against tourists...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • Positive comments (no tourist trap)

    Bruges is small and beautiful city, you can enjoy walking there. Some people feel bad about boat and the carriage ride (from negative comment), it is true. So if you avoid the boat and carriage ride, and choose to use your own foot, you will fall in love with this really...really beautiful city.

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  • All of Brugge is a tourist...

    I Live in Brugge and believe me, All the restaurants are just as expencive for toerist as it is for the locals. On the market square we as locals don't get any good service either, most times when we want to have a drink we are refused because we take up space for the toerist that spends more money sitting and eating in the market square...

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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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  • Statues / Murals / Memorials

    There is an absolutely breathtaking marble statue of Mary with Child, in one of the Catholic churches in Brugge. Funny story (what is a Michelangelo doing in Belgium?)... Apparently the pope of the age commissioned a Madonna and child sculpture, but stipulated that there be 'No Nudity' shown. In the final sculpture, Mary is appropriately covered...

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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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  • Groene Gordel

    Groene gordel This is a beautiful cycling route (as there are many in Flanders) to 53 km allowing you to tour the surroundings of Bruges. A unique experience that you will discover numerous small "jewels" often unknown to the themselves people. It is also an appointment with history remains: castles, parks, an abbey, a fort: he has everything...

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Brugge General

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  • Medieval Architecture .

    The gingerbread/candy-looking houses are unique in the world. The city is like from a fairy tale. The canals - like a mini-Venice. Very good athmosphere. Good beer. The athmosphere, the nice people, the Belgian HUGE variety of different (good) beers, the town that is so beautiful that it made me feel like I was in the middle of a fairy tale....

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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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  • Canals/Bridges .

    In the first chapter of Bruges-la-Morte we learn that the widower Hugues Viane lives on the Quai du Rosaire, which in Dutch is the Rozenhoedkaai and in English the Quay of the Rosary. The author doesn’t say which house it was, but since there are only seven houses on the Rozenhoedkaai it must have been one of those in the photos. In the...

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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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