Granted, we all love a city break, especially somewhere truly magnificent like Bruges, a city filled with beautiful landscape and heritage. It is also nice to escape from the hussle and bustle of the busy city and venture away to explore some hidden gems the city has to offer. Located just a stone’s throw away from Bruges is a complete green oasis of calm and tranquillity in the Bruges Hinterland. Here you will find endless gardens, protected nature zones, forests, castles and so much more. This region also offers a wide array of diverse possibilities: picturesque polder villages, charming cities, medieval castles and abbeys, nature reserves, and delicious local produce.
For the hiking, adventure, and nature lovers reading this, we have compiled a list of the 4 walking routes you must take when visiting the Hinterlands of Bruges.
The Hinterlands of Bruges is filled with woody forests all around the Flanders area but what you also might discover upon entering these forests are Medieval castles. One of these castles would be Wijnendale
, the most important Flemish castle in the area. This building dates back to the 9th Century and you will see it in its truest form with iconic Gothic features such as a circular moat, that was built during the 19th century. Filled with historic value, the castle is open daily from 1st April to 30th September, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. It is pleasant to stroll in the parks and the gardens that surround them.
Damme Heritage Walk
is a small polder town, this town offers an impressive heritage with a backdrop of the breathtaking landscape. This harbour town was extremely important during the war between Spain and Netherlands the town became a military fortress. Take a walk through over 800 years of history as you explore the city walks, the nature reserves, historic churches, and if you are a fan of literature the Ulenspiegel Museum
. The Damme canal is another popular landmark that connects the town to Bruges.
To truly connect with nature, we recommend the region of Zwin, as it is filled with endless nature, there is also a variety of bird species located here. North of Bruges, has stunning scenery with seawalls, canals, ditches, and ponds that give you superb views. The polders are dotted with picturesque villages.
One of the largest connecting forest areas in the provinces is Landscape Park Bulskampveld
. This 90km2 area offers more than 150 km for your walking pleasure and that makes it the walking area par excellence in the region. The castle domain Bulskampveld is located at the centre of the area with a visitors’ centre. Here you can find plenty of resources and map to help you embark on this nature walk.
Autumn Accommodation in Bruges
Bruges is a popular place to visit in Autumn I guess our reputation for great food, great fun, and our fascinating history precedes us. Book accommodation for your trip to Bruges in Green Park Hotel for a perfect way to discover the city. We’re located on the edge of town, the perfect spot for exploring the best of Bruges while enjoying a great night’s sleep in peaceful surroundings.
Our comfortable bedrooms and friendly team will ensure you feel right at home. Eat, drink and relax in our bar & Brasserie and start your day well with a healthy breakfast before you head out to explore.
Book our best available rates
and special offers exclusively on our official website. We look forward to welcoming you to Bruges this Autumn.