Bruges is a beautiful medieval town in the Belgium province of West Flanders. The city is often referred to as the 'Venice of the North', and the centre of Bruges is a World renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Picturesque market squares, horse drawn carriages and dreamy canals help to transport you back to days gone by.
Many visitors take day trips to Bruges from Brussels, but there is to much to see in this charming city that many people prefer a longer break. At night, after day trippers disperse, the charm and centuries past return. Bruges is a beautiful day trip location throughout the year, and makes an ideal journey from Calais to the Calais region of France.
Things to do
- Take a boat tour of the ancient canal waterways
- Indulge in a horse drawn carriage trip along the narrow cobbled streets of the City centre
- Immerse yourself in the variety of Belgian traditional chocolate shops and confectionary stalls
- Sit and relax outside one of the numerous cafes, and perhaps indulge in a Belgian Waffle or one of hundreds of possible traditional Belgium beers
- Tour De Halve Maan Brewery to discover the history of the beer making process in Bruges - and sample a pint at the end!
- Visit the Church of Our Lady. Built in the 12th century, with a spiked spire 360 feet high, this church is arguably one of the most beautiful in Europe. Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Madonna and Child, is displayed in the Church. Its tower, at over 122 meters in height, is the tallest structure in the city and is the second tallest brickwork tower in the world
Directions to Bruges
From Calais, take the E40 Eastbound, towards Dunkerque, Ostende and Brussels. Leave the E40 at Junction 7, signposted Loppem. Follow the signs to the City Center via the N397, and you will enter the Bruges ring road by the main railway station. On the ring road, go past the train station entrance and 50 metres further on you will see the station parking entrance on your right hand side. A day's parking currently costs 2.5 Euros, and includes free bus to to the City Center (which is approximately 10 minutes walk).
If you are travelling via Eurostar to Brussels, your connecting train through to Bruges will take you to the main railway station. The duration of the journey is approximately one hour.