Bruges harkens to the past with its cobblestone streets, medieval structures, twisting canals and swan-adorned lakes. Zeebrugge Port keeps the age-old tradition of fishing alive while embracing modern trade as a major European port.
Things to do in Bruges
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Historic Centre of Bruge is circled by the Ring Canal and is the best place to experience the city’s old-world charm. Former merchant buildings for leather, fish and local trades-crafts now thrive with colourful cafes, galleries and boutiques.
Stop by Markt Square to see its 13th-century belfry with 47-bell carillon and climb the 366-step tower for expansive views. You can ride a horse-drawn carriage through the city square and enjoy the city’s dining and nightlife scene at lively venues. Curious about Belgian beer? Don't miss touring De Halve Maan Brewery, which dates back to the 16th century.
A short walk from the brewery, the Beguinage commune features authentic whitewashed Beguine homes and a 13th-century church. Head south to experience the tranquility of picturesque Minnewater Lake, bordered by canals and dotted with walking paths, weeping willows and gliding swans.
The Choco-Story museum highlights the history, recipes and popularity of Belgian chocolate. You can visit the Frietmuseum for a deep-dive into Belgium’s devotion to potato fries, along with some tasty samples. Roam through the Groeninge Museum to marvel at fine art by famous 15th-century Flemish painters.
Getting around Bruges
Most visitors arrive at Bruges via train from Brussels International Airport, before using public buses or taxis to get around the city centre. Walking and biking are also convenient ways to get around, especially down the cobbled streets and canal-lined neighbourhoods.