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Bruges : The Medieval City of Canals

Updated: Feb 24


Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium, is a charming medieval city known for its canals, cobblestone streets, and Gothic architecture. It was founded in the 9th century and was an important commercial center during the Middle Ages.


Bruges is compact and easy to explore on foot. The city's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with plenty of tourist attractions.


Top attractions in Bruges


  • The Market Square is the central square of Bruges and is dominated by the Belfort, an 83-meter-high bell tower. The square is also home to the Grote Markt, a street market selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, and other fresh produce.

  • The Church of Our Lady is a 14th-century Gothic church that houses the Madonna of Bruges, an ivory sculpture considered one of the masterpieces of Gothic art.

  • The Bell Tower of Saint Nicholas is a 14th-century bell tower offering panoramic views.

  • The Beguinage is a complex of historic buildings that housed beguines, women who lived a religious life without becoming nuns.

  • A boat trip along the canals of Bruges: a 30-minute ride enjoying the architecture of the bridges and stone mansions. Unmissable and romantic!


How long to stay in Bruges?


Located less than 1 hour from Brussels, Bruges is an excellent option for a day trip. Arrive early, see the attractions, have lunch in one of the good restaurants, take a boat ride, and come back!


How to get to Bruges?


Accessible by train or car from Brussels! The road looks like a carpet, very well-lit. The train is also a good alternative.


Bruges is served by an efficient train network. There are direct trains there from many Belgian and European cities. From Brussels, it costs 18 euros.

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