Upcoming Congresses in Bruges

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Though not hyped nearly as much as Paris, Amsterdam and other major European cities, Bruges offers plenty of unique attractions and arguably the best cuisine in the country and the city is amazingly affordable.

UFAW International Symposium 2019

2 juli 2019 – 4 juli 2019

Locatie(s): Site Oud Sint-Jan

2019 CMS International Conference

2019 CMS International Conference

11 juli 2019 – 18 juli 2019

Locatie(s): Concertgebouw Brugge

Brugse Meesters International Chess Tournament 2019

Brugse Meesters International Chess Tournament 2019

11 augustus 2019 – 15 augustus 2019

Locatie(s): Sint-Jozefsinstituut (zaal Tabigha)

International Congress on Ultrasonics

International Congress on Ultrasonics

2 september 2019 – 5 september 2019

Locatie(s): Vives Brugge

Reizen naar Morgen – Samen groeien

Reizen naar Morgen – Samen groeien

12 september 2019 – 13 september 2019

Locatie(s): Grootseminarie Brugge



18 september 2019 – 20 september 2019

Locatie(s): Novotel Brugge Centrum

IEEE MTT – S 2019 Fall Adcom Meeting

IEEE MTT – S 2019 Fall Adcom Meeting

3 oktober 2019 – 8 oktober 2019

Locatie(s): Crowne Plaza Brugge

Update in Abdominal and Urogenital Imaging

Update in Abdominal and Urogenital Imaging

3 oktober 2019 – 5 oktober 2019

Locatie(s): Congrescentrum Oud Sint-Jan

TOL Congres

TOL Congres

4 oktober 2019 – 4 oktober 2019

Locatie(s): Concertgebouw Brugge

EASAPS Biennial Meeting Facial rejuvenation / 1st ISAPS Resident and Fellow Congress

EASAPS Biennial Meeting Facial rejuvenation / 1st ISAPS Resident and Fellow Congress

17 oktober 2019 – 19 oktober 2019

Locatie(s): Congrescentrum Oud Sint Jan

3e sportinnovatiecongres van Sport Vlaanderen

3e sportinnovatiecongres van Sport Vlaanderen

17 oktober 2019 – 17 oktober 2019

Locatie(s): Julien Saelens Brugge

56th ATCEUC Meeting

56th ATCEUC Meeting

22 oktober 2019 – 25 oktober 2019

Locatie(s): Crowne Plaza Brugge

Soils as records of past and present: The geoarchaeological approach focus on: is there time for fieldwork today?

Soils as records of past and present: The geoarchaeological approach focus on: is there time for fieldwork today?

6 november 2019 – 7 november 2019

Locatie(s): Groeningemuseum

12th European Lupus Meeting

12th European Lupus Meeting

24 maart 2020 – 28 maart 2020

Locatie(s): Concertgebouw

2nd International Conference on High-Speed Vehicle Science & Technology 

2nd International Conference on High-Speed Vehicle Science & Technology

19 april 2020 – 23 april 2020

Locatie(s): Congrescentrum Oud Sint Jan

 ICAK International Conference

ICAK International Conference

4 juni 2020 – 7 juni 2020

Locatie(s): Crowne Plaza Brugge

European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry

European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry

14 juni 2020 – 19 juni 2020

Locatie(s): Convention Centre Oud Sint-Jan

BAPS - Annual International Congress

BAPS – Annual International Congress

8 juli 2020 – 11 juli 2020

Locatie(s): Convention Centre Oud Sint-Jan


Nascholing Stichting Nederlandstalige Nascholing voor Dermatologie en Venereologie (SNNDV)

Nascholing Stichting Nederlandstalige Nascholing voor Dermatologie en Venereologie (SNNDV)

19 november 2020 – 20 november 2020

Locatie(s): Concertgebouw Brugge

International Building Performance Simulation Association

International Building Performance Simulation Association

22 augustus 2021 – 25 augustus 2021

Locatie(s): Stadshallen – Concertgebouw

IEEE European Test Symposium – ETS

IEEE European Test Symposium – ETS

24 mei 2021 – 28 mei 2021


Locatie(s): Crowne Plaza Brugge

33rd Annual EACD meeting

33rd Annual EACD meeting

26 mei 2021 – 29 mei 2021

Locatie(s): Concertgebouw Brugge

Bruges opens the world’s first beer pipeline

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It sounds like Beer lover’s wildest dream.

Brewery De Halve Maan (The Half Moon), one of the oldest breweries in the center of Bruges, faced having to shut down  because of the increasingly high cost of transporting its beer in trucks through the medieval city’s narrow cobblestone streets from its bottling plant two miles away on the outskirts of town. So they came up with a clever solution.


A two-mile pipe connects the Halve Maan brewery in the city’s medieval center with the bottling factory in the suburbs. Instead of having trucks thundering daily through the cobbled streets of a medieval town, the brewery invented a practical solution to the logistical nightmare. The pipeline means the brewery Half Moon can stay in its current location within the town center, where it has been brewing for the past 5 centuries. The pipeline passes under the town’s historic canals so almost 4,000 liters of beer, enough to fill 12,000 bottles, flows through the pipeline in an hour.

Smart technology is used with a cleaning and flushing system to keep the pipe clean to ensure the quality of the beer is maintained throughout its journey. The whole project was financed with crowdfunding and the more than 500 crowdinvestors will now be getting “free beer for life in proportion to their contribution” .




Belgique : la ville de Bruges inaugure un pipeline à bière (video)

De la bire pour tout le monde: inauguration d’un pipeline bire ce vendredi

Find and Book Your Parking in Bruges

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Don’t waste time looking for a parking space in Bruges.

Slightly further from the city center there are some free of charge P+R parking facilities from where the city center can be reached either using public transport, or by bicycle. For these car parks, please check here.

In the “Blue Zone” (the designated area surrounding the city centre) you may park for up to 4  hours without charge. Don’t forget you still need to display your blue parking disk!

Between 09:00 a.m. and 08:00 p.m. surface level parking in the city centre is limited in time (4 hours maximum) and is metered (€ 1.80 for the first hour, € 2.40 for the second up to the fouth hour, in total € 9.00 for 4 hours). Payment can be made either via sms, or using the app 4411, or making use of your bank card, or using cash money. In each of these cases, one has to register your correct licence plate number.

Parking in the city-centre is unlimited and most cost-effective at one of the two central car parks: Centrum-Station (railway station) and Centrum-’t Zand. Both are situated within walking distance of the Market square, but you can also use the bus transfer with ‘De Lijn’ between the parking Centrum-Station and the city centre (included in your parking fee for 4 passengers).

Please check here for all metered public car parks in the city centre and the rates applicable.

 Bruges has a compact historic inner city and street parking above ground is limited to a maximum of 4 hours in the Blue Zone and to 2 hours in the Pay&Display Zones.  You can easily park your car in one of the underground car parks but parking fees apply every day, also on Sundays and public holidays. The Old Town Market Square is a five minute walk away from every public parking.

The cheapest parking in Bruges is next to the railway station: you pay € 3.50 a day, bus transfer (De Lijn) to and from the city centre for 4 passengers included. This bus connects the railway station and the centre every five minutes.

The Park and Ride areas are situated right outside of the city centre. Here you can park your car for free and for longer duration. The city centre is a stone’s throw away on foot or by bus.

Public Parking in Bruges

  1. Parking Katelijne: Katelijnestraat 10, close to the Church of Our Lady (the highest brick building in Europe), the Groeninghe Museum and the Dijver map
  2. Parking ‘t Pandreitje: Gevangenisstraat 10; located at the Queen Astrid park; map
  3. Parking Biekorf: Naaldensraat 8; located underneath the De Biekorf municipal library; the most centrally located car park in the city: 50m from the Marketplace. map
  4. Parking Centrum ‘t Zand: ‘t Zand; located under the Concert Hall and a big square “het Zand” which hosts the weekly Saturday market as well as many major events and happenings; 5 minutes from Market
  5. Parking Centrum-Station: Buiten Begijnenvest:  This car park is located next to the station, easy hub to public transport: all buses (De Lijn) stop there. 7-minutes walk takes you to the city centre. map
  6. Parking Zilverpand: Via Zilverstraat en Dweersstraat
  7. Parking Langestraat: Langestraat; also five minutes’ walk from the Market Square. map


Parking rates: € 1.40/hour, 24H is € 8.70. Special rates for evening or overnight parking.


Map with all public parkings in Bruges


Find a car parking in Bruges

On-street parking Bruges

Chargeable parking applies in the Bruges city centre 7/7 :
• Monday-Sunday 09.00-12.00/22.00 hours*.
• max parking duration : 2 hours
• parking rates : 1st hour € 1.80, 2nd hour: € 2.40.

Cheap Parking in Bruges

Cheap parking is possible on the parking lot of the railway station of Bruges. The parking fee is € 0.70/hour, daily maximum € 3.50. The city centre is on walking distance or free public transport with bus  is available a couple times per hour. This is the biggest and cheapest public parking in Bruges.

Take a note or a picture where you leave your car. This is a huge place and each parking row has sign in letter and numbers.

Walking to the center is less than 15 min, you can take the bus for free by showing your parking ticket (free ride for all car passengers). The bus is right outside; look for sign “CENTRUM” ; Bus stops at the “Grote Markt” big market. Coming back to the station see the bus sign “STATION” do the same by showing your parking ticket you will have a free bus ride

Open 24 /7 with capacity of 1,500 cars. An hourly rate: 0, 70 euros and daily rate: 3.5 euros

Order a Taxi in Bruges

  • Taxi Snel: +32 50 34 34 69  or +32 478 35 35 35
  • Uber in Bruges is until now not available, only Brussels

Other things we are working on are experiences like bike excursions, guided tours, food and drink tastings, and various classes.


Pharmacies in Bruges

  • Pharmacy on call: +32 900-10.500
  • Pharma Brugge, Katelijnestraat 50, 8000 Brugge
  • Multi Pharma, Park 7 (in front of the Koningin Astridpark) 8000 Brugge


Supermarkets in Bruges


(Proxy) Noordzandstraat 4, Closed on Sunday & holidays

Louis Delhaize

Oude Burg 22, Closed on Sunday & holidays

Carrefour Express

Vlamingstraat 2 (in front of the Belfry)

Katelijnestraat 76 Open 7/7

Zuidzandstraat 5B

Langerei 17

Smedenstraat 6

Eyewitness travel guide to Bruges

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Bruges has a wealth of options for lovers of luxury, from great bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants to celebrity hangouts and high-end shops. Check our Eyewitness Travel guide to visit Bruges by Locals…

If you are daydreaming about wandering through a fairy-tale medieval European town, Bruges is the perfect destination for you.Here are some tips for visiting the city of Bruges.With charming cobblestone streets, rows of gingerbread-like houses and tranquil canals this city is delightfully historical and romantic. As well as being pretty to look at, Bruges is also affordable, safe, clean, easy to navigate and very welcoming.  Travel like a local with the best travel guide of Bruges.

In order to help you plan the best possible trip to Bruges, this rough guide will offer you information on its location and history as well as travel tips, bruges recommendations  and ideas for what to do during your visit. (Frequently Asked Questions about Bruges)

Bruges has a wealth of options for lovers of luxury, from great bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants to celebrity hangouts and high-end shops.

Burg Square is the political heart of the city, place in which the city was born around the castle of the first Count of Flanders. Admire the oldest Gothic city hall of the Low Countries, the Basilica of the Holy Blood (it treasures a relic of the blood of Jesus Christ), and the civil register built in Renaissance architecture.Markt Square, the tenth century city market that has been for a millennium the economic heart of Bruges. Admire its imposing guildhalls and its bellfort tower, which is one of the most famous Gothic buildings in Belgium.

‘Lake of Love’  (Minnewater ) is one of the main water reservoirs that nourish the canal system of ‘the Venice of the North’’ with a stunning panoramic view of the city .

The Beguinage. One of the best-preserved examples of medieval gated communities (women only). Visit its courtyard, with its unique architecture and art treasures (including the oldest sculpture of Our Lady of Bruges), and enjoy a moment of calm and contemplation.

Brewery ‘De Halve Maan’ is the only brewery still operating in the city center. During lunchtime try one of the famous Bruges beers and a ‘Flemish Carbonnade’, a traditional beef stew made with local beer.

Old St. John’s Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, where you can appreciate 800 years of European architecture, learn about its history, and visit the museum of Hans Memling (optional).

Our Lady of Bruges is one of the oldest churches in the city. Admire its impressive tower that is still one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world, and take a look to its art treasures, including Michelangelo’s Madonna with the child (optional).

VisMarkt (fishmarket) and the Tanners’ Square, two of the oldest squares in Bruges with their beautiful guildhalls and lovely cafés and restaurants.

GroeningeMuseum with paintings of the Flemish Primitives.


Practical tourist information and tourist offices Bruges

Tel. +32 (0)50 44 46 46
Fax +32 (0)50 44 46 45

  • Information office Markt (Historium)
    Markt 1 8000 Bruggetoday Open 10:00 to 17:00
  • Information office ‘t Zand (Concertgebouw)
    ‘t Zand 34 8000 Bruggetoday Open  10:00 to17:00
  • Information office Stationsplein (Station)
    Stationsplein 8000 Bruggetoday Open 10:00 tot 17:00


Bruges Location and History

Located in the Flemish Region of Belgium in the northwest of the country, Bruges the largest city in the province of West Flanders. It is sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the North” because of the many canals and waterways throughout the city. It is thought that its name derives from the Old Dutch word for bridge, referring to the lovely bridges spanning the city’s canals.

The first fortifications in this spot were build back in the 1st century BC after Julius Caesar’s conquest of the Menapii, in order to protect the coast against pirates. The area was later taken over by the Franks in the 4th century and the Vikings in the 9th century. In 1128 Bruges received its city charter and the walls and canals were constructed.

The location of this city is very advantageous, as it sits at the crossroads of the Northern Hanseatic League and the southern trade routes. The town flourished throughout the medieval era and you can see remnants of this time as you stroll through the cobbled streets, historic churches and lovely canals.

After 1500 the city began to decline and its population dwindled, as it was falling behind Antwerp when it came to the economy of the Low Countries. In the last half of the 19th century, Bruges became one of the first tourist destinations in the world – with wealthy British and French tourists travelling to see this picturesque city. The city focused on restoring the historic monuments and medieval structures, which helped to further boost tourism. These days, Bruges attracts approximately two million tourists every year.

Getting Around in Bruges

When you are in Bruges, it is best to avoid driving as the busy, labyrinthine medieval streets of the city centre can be a nightmare. There are buses that you can use to get around, which are specifically designed to fit through the narrow streets. There are also taxi services within the city, although they will be more expensive. The historic centre is not very big, so it is possible to walk between most locations.

Tips for Your Visit to Bruges

Here are some tips for visiting the city of Bruges, Belgium.

If you don’t mind the chill, visit during the winter when there will be the fewest tourists. In the summer the prices will be higher and the attractions will be crowded.

  • This city is popular during the weekend, as many couples head there for romantic getaways. If you can stay during the week days you will find cheaper prices and fewer crowds.
  • Make sure you bring your appetite – Belgium is known for its delicious chocolates, sumptuous waffles and excellent beer.
  • Bring good walking shoes, the best way to explore the city is on foot. Don’t wear heels, they will make it way too difficult to walk down the quaint cobbled streets.
  • It’s fun to get lost in Bruges while you wander through the lovely historic streets. Remember you can always use the bell tower in the city centre to help re-orient yourself.
  • If you want to use Bruges as a base for exploring other destinations in Belgium, you can use the Belgian Railways Railcard. It costs around 85 Euros and it is good for 10 single journeys between any two Belgium stations.
  • You can purchase the Bruges Card, which offers you discounts to most of the major attractions and can be picked up at any of the hotels or hostels around the city.
  • Also, if you are planning on visiting more than two of the museums it might be worth buying a combined Musea Brugge ticket.
  • If you visit during June, July and August watch out for the mosquitos around the canals. They are especially active at dusk.
  • Some inns and hotels in Bruges will charge you an extra 10-20 Euros if you only stay one night. Consider whether staying an additional night, if possible, would be worth it to avoid this extra charge.
  • There are many self-catering apartments in Bruges, so consider whether this would be a more economical option for you, especially if you are travelling as a family.
  • Remember that all the museums in Bruges are closed on Mondays!



Visiting Bruges – What to Do

Since 15 years, the Historic Centre of Brugge has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its “outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement, which has maintained its historic fabric as this has evolved over the centuries.” Cobblestone paths and canals frame these medieval buildings, giving the area an old world feel. Restored buildings once housed merchants selling  fish, leather… and now the historic buildings are repurposed as pubs,  boutiques and art galleries.

So what is there to do while exploring this beautiful city? Here are some ideas:

Rent a Bike and Go Exploring

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the city of Bruges. The citizens love their bikes and up to 60% of all traffic in the city centre comes from cyclists. There are many bike rental spots all around the city and there are also plenty of options for a guided bike tour where a local guide will show you the highlights of the city.

Check Out the Groeninghe Museum

Bruges has a rich history and tradition in the Fine Arts and this museum has a collection of artworks spanning from the 14th to the 20th century. The displays focus on the painters who lived and worked in Bruges, so you will see many scenes from this beautiful city depicted. The Groeninge Museum features works of art from very influential painters including Hieronymus Bosch, Rogier van der Weyden and Jan van Eyck. The museum is open every day of the week from 9:30am-5pm and admission is 6-8 Euros.

See the Blood of Jesus at the Basilica

The elegantly designed Basilica of the Holy Blood is a lovely church on the Burg Square. Built in the Gothic Style it is home to a vial of blood that is said to be that of Jesus. It is free to visit the Basilica, but you should try to get there as early as possible so that you can see it before it is full of tourists.

Get a Tour at De Halve Maan Brewery

The “Half Moon Brewery” is the only still operating Brewery in the city centre of Bruges and it is open for tours so that you can learn about the history and brewing techniques. It is a family owned business with a tradition that stretches back to 1856 for six generations.

Brewery tours last about 45 minutes and cost €6 EUR (a little more than $8 USD)

Learn the History of Chips at the Friet Museum

Bruges is also home to the only museum in the world dedicated to the humble French fry. This museum tells the story of how potatoes from South America evolved into fries and became such a popular European snack. Here you will also be able to taste the “tastiest fries in the world” – cooked by a chef who used to cook for the Belgian Royal Family. The museum is open from 10am until 5pm and admission costs 6 Euro.

Stroll through the Historic Centre

Bruges has a lovely historic centre with most of its medieval architecture still intact – it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. You can get lost for hours within the historic centre, as there are so many winding cobbled streets and passageways to explore. The city centre is compact and it is arranged around a friendly square, with colourful buildings and peaceful canals all around.

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at the Chocolate Museum

If you are a chocoholic you will love this sweet museum in Bruges, located within an elegant period house, which details how cocoa is transformed into chocolate. You can watch a demonstration of chocolate being made and the best part is the delicious samples of Belgian chocolate you will be able to enjoy!

Play a Tune at the Sound Factory

Check out the new interactive museum located within the contemporary Concert Hall building. A touch screen exhibit will place you in control of a series of recorded chimes from the various church bells of the city. You can compose your own symphony, inspired by the elegance and charm of the city.

Marvel at the Surreal Works of Salvador Dali

The world that Salvador Dali’s paintings and sculptures exist within is a strange one, with melting clocks, crawling ants, spider-legged elephants and distorted human figures. Discover this fantastic world at the Museum-Gallery Xpo Salvador Dali in Bruges, displayed in a building with surreal décor of mirrors and dramatic pink. All of the artworks here have been confirmed originals by the Gala Salvador Dali Foundation in Spain and you can take an audio guide tour through the collection.

Float Down the Canals on a Tour Boat

You can take a ride through Bruges on one of the tour boats in order to see the city from a different perspective. Since not every canal runs next to a street, you will be able to see some locations that are otherwise inaccessible. The guides are multilingual and are very knowledgeable about the history of the city, so they will provide an entertaining narration for the tour.

Admire the View from the Belfry

Once of the central landmarks of Bruges, the tower of the Belfry stands 83 metres high. It is home to a beautifully intricate clock mechanism and a carillon containing 47 silver-toned bells. Climbing up the 366 stairs is a dizzying feat, but once you reach the top you will be rewarded with an unforgettable view of Bruges from above.

Treat Yourself to a Belgian Waffle

You can’t visit Belgium without treating yourself to a delicious, thick, fluffy Belgian waffle. Taste the “wafel met slagroom” which translates to “waffle with whipped cream”. The best waffles are those from the street vendors, as they are usually better value and just as yummy as the ones in a restaurant. You can choose from a variety of other toppings including strawberries and Nutella.

People-Watch in the Markt

Covering an area of approximately one hectare, the Markt (Market Square) of Bruges makes up the main centre of the city. It is the hub of the city and it is surrounded by gorgeous historic buildings including the Provincial Court and the 12th century Belfry. It’s a great place to get some street food, sit down and spend a few moments watching all the people go by.

See a Michelangelo Masterpiece

One of the most impressive works of art in Bruges is the marble sculpture of “Madonna with Child” by Michelangelo. It is located within the Church of Our Lady and it was the only work by Michelangelo to leave Italy in his lifetime.

Be Dazzled by the Bruges Diamond Museum

Did you know that the first diamond-cutting technique was developed in Bruges more than five centuries ago? Check out the Bruges Diamond Museum, where you can learn about the history of diamonds in Bruges from the fascinating and beautiful exhibits.

Plan Your Trip to Bruges Today

These are just a few of the great attractions that you can enjoy in the city of Bruges, Belgium. This lovely city offers its own unique historic charms and whether you want to gorge on delicious chocolate, waffles, French fries and beer, gaze at art galleries, or see what life was like in the Middle Ages, Bruges will offer you plenty of great experiences during your visit. Have fun exploring this beautiful European city.

Discount pass

Bruges city pass enables you to visit a lot of museums and attractions in Bruges for free.

The card also includes discount on the bus, bike rental and car parking. The more places you visit, the more money you will save. You can also get a discount for some events. www.bruggecitycard.be
The card is activated when you first use it. When you visit a museum or attraction you present your card at the entrance where it will be validated. This also means you’ll have to wait if there is a queue.
For a full overview of what you can visit check the official website : www.bruggecitycard.be


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