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The Venice of the North


Bruges is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, and one of the most picturesque. At the height of its prosperity Bruges was a thriving port, reflected in the handsome architecture of the city.

A piece of history

Any visitor should take a trip up the central belfry, which offers great views of the city’s cobbled streets, and winding canals. These canals provide a great way to spend a lazy day as you meander along, or how about taking a horse-drawn carriage trip around town. Bruges was voted the 2002 Cultural City of Europe, and a visit to this beautiful city will leave you enchanted.

The JAG Travel Bruges Survival Guide provides all the essential information you need. Remember to check it out before any trip.

Must See

  • Choco-Story

    A great experience! You are immersed in the ancient Mexican world of the Mayas and the Aztecs for whom chocolate was the drink of the gods and cocoa beans a means of payment. The chocoholic gets to find out all about the production of chocolate truff

    Mon-Sun: 1000-1700 Sint-Jansstraat 7b, 8000 Brugge

  • Brewary De Halve Maan

    This brewary, in operation on the same spot since 1856, produces Straffe Hendrik, an excellent, highly fermented local beer on a basis of malt, hops and special yeast. Well worth a visit!

    Brouwerij De Halve Maan, Walplein 26, 8000 Brugge. Tel. 32 (0)50 33.26.97

  • Belfry and Halles

    The city's most remarkable monument (13th-16th century), with 260 feet high tower (366 steps). On the second story: the former medieval treasure-room, today a musium. High in the tower are the 47 bells (with a total weight of 27 tons) of the Bruges c

    Open Tuesday-Sunday 0930-1700

  • Basilica of the Holy Blood

    A 12th century building which houses the Relic of the Holy Blood artefacts from the Crusades.

    Open 1st Apr-30th Sep: 0930-1200 / 1400-1800. 1st Oct-31st Mar: 1000-1200/1400-1600 (closed Wed afternoons) Closed 1st Jan, 1st Nov and 25th December