Bruges is the perfect place for a family break, couples escape or even a solo holiday as there is so much to do here and see here from medieval architecture, beautiful scenery, shopping, museums and not forgetting sampling the delicious Belgium beer. If you like to do a lot of sightseeing and exploring on holiday, visiting it’s the perfect time to visit with fewer crowds than in the summer. Here are some of the many sightseeing locations to explore and see in Bruges.
Cruise the Canals
Hoping aboard one of the tourist cruise bats, this will be of the most relaxing sightseeing activity in Bruges. The boat trips every half hour between 10 am -6 pm daily between March and mid-November. This is the perfect opportunity to get an idea of what Bruges is truly about and to see some of the most beautiful parts of the city, especially if you are on a short break here. The route includes the canals between Jan Van Eyck Square and Minnewater and you’re your tour guide offers live commentary in several languages. Tickets can’t be booked in advance so be sure to get on the first cruise of the day, there are fewer day trippers around.
Market Square (Markt)
Located in the bustling heart of the city, there is nothing quite as delightful as shopping at a local market. The Bruges market (Markt)
is situated in amongst the most photogenic landmarks such as Provinciaal Hof and Belfry, and statues of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, this is a must-visit when in Bruges. The medieval-style market dates back as far as 958 and there have been weekly markets held there since. If you happen to visit here on a Wednesday, between 8a-11 am) you will see the market in its truest form, local produce, handicrafts and souvenirs. At Christmas time, you will even find an outdoor ice skating rink.
Ideal for the art lovers of the trip, the Groeningemuseum
has over six centuries of Flemish paintings for you to discover. This museum is also located on a beautiful picturesque backdrop, sitting in the lap of Bruges’ much-loved canal side, Dijver. You will set your eyes on many centuries of Belgian art all in one place, with works by Flemish artists such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, and Gerard David, neo-classicism by Joseph Odevaere and Joseph Ducq, Flemish expressionism, and 20th-century modern art by René Magritte, Roger Raveel, Raoul De Keyser.
Explore Belgian Beer
Belgium is of course known for producing some of the best beers in the world. The pubs in Bruges are some of the quaintest in Europe, with a huge selection of beers, wines, and spirits to choose from and the prettiest décor. Find the oldest and most charming pub in Bruges, Vlissinghe, or the small but cosy De Garre between the shops of Breidelstraat. Stopping off in a pub to warm up between shops or sights is a guaranteed great day!
Accommodation in Bruges
Green Park Bruges is located on the edge of the city and offers you great value accommodation with a short commute to and from the centre of Bruges. Our spacious, modern hotel rooms are ideal to rest up before a long day of exploring or warming up after a day in the city. Our Brasserie serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in stylish surroundings and we recommend sampling a selection of our Belgian beers before bed. Book our best available rates and exclusive special offers
when you make your book on our official website or by contacting our friendly team.