Spring, Summer, Autumn
June – August
53 £GBP (train)
Bruges Train Station
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 14 £GBP (15 min)
Train: 6 £GBP (25 min)
Travel insurance is recommended
Located in Belgium’s northwest, Bruges is a city that has stepped straight from a postcard. Featuring impressive medieval and Gothic architecture, it is crisscrossed by a network of canals and cobbled streets. The typically cooler climate adds a romantic wintry air to the place, while inviting cafes and horse-drawn carriages make it a perfect city break away for couples and lovers of scenery.
Bruges represents the most popular city in Belgium, yet is best enjoyed at a slow pace. Easily explored on foot, the more romantic will not resist the opportunity board a canal boat and see why this city is known as the “the Venice of the north”.
With its thriving lace and chocolate production industries, Bruges is a shopper’s delight, and these goods are easily found in the lively open-air markets year-round, but even more so in winter when Christmas markets spring up, lighting up the city. Spend your days wandering along the city’s busy streets on your Bruges holidays, visit the Burg Square to discover Bruges’ history, unwind at the end of the day sipping the local beer and people watching.
Temperature: Temperatures in winter average 4 degrees Celsius while the summer average is 17 degrees Celsius.
Best time for holidays to Bruges: Visit in spring when there is the least chance of it raining, or go in summer, when temperatures can climb into the low-20s degrees Celsius.
Rain is always a possibility in Bruges, but that shouldn’t put a dampener on enjoying everything this city offers. Spring and summer are comparatively dry. The amount of rain picks up in the autumn, but high temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius make up for those showers. Winters are cool and offer the perfect opportunity to spend time in the cafes after browsing the Christmas markets.
Bruges has long been a favourite place for wine and beer lovers, especially because of its 'brown bars' and cafes that showcase some of the brewer’s finest. Authentic Belgian beer with a fruit gin chaser, known as 'genever', is a not to be missed experience, and it is completed this with traditional Flemish dishes like carbonnade, which is a rich and hearty beef stew.
Take a stroll to the top of the Belfort, a 13th century fortress in Grote Markt for panoramic views of the city that will let you experience its true feel. Take in the Basilica of the Holy Blood - a stunning Gothic church set on the Burg square that houses a vial of blood said to be the blood of Jesus himself.
Bruges holidays offer a laid-back, simpler experience packed with plenty of authentic Flemish hospitality and atmosphere.
If a fairytale-like setting, just chilling out on a canal boat ride, swapping that for an afternoon of beer tasting seems to be your idea of having a good time, Bruges holidays are for you. From admiring the medieval and Gothic buildings to visiting a chocolatier, there is a wealth of things to do in this city.
A visit to the city centre should be top of your list of things to do in Bruges. The historic square is packed with interesting medieval architecture and cobbled streets that bustle with cafes and restaurants, chocolatiers and echo to the sound of horse-drawn carriages. Move on to the Burg square or Bruges Markt for more stunning streetscapes.
A canal boat ride is a classic must-do on holidays to Bruges. Simply board at one of the many embarkation points and take in the beauty of Bruges from the water. Canal tours are 30 minutes and run from March until November.
Of course another of the best ways to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Bruges is on foot; there are plenty of places and things to discover in this charming city. And for a greater cultural experience Bruges has a wide choice of museums offering fascinating insights into the city’s history. Naturally, the Beer Museum is one of Bruges most popular. Learn the history of beer and the process of brewing, while sampling the best of Belgian beer.
No holidays to Bruges are complete without sampling the delicious chocolate. The best chocolatiers are found in Katelijnestraat in the city centre.