Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bruges is a picture postcard perfect representation of Medieval Flanders, with stunning architecture, canals, beautiful gardens , quaint cobblestoned streets and traditional horse-drawn carriages.
In this atmospheric and irresistibly picturesque historic city, Natalie Haegeman has been endeavouring to restore the White Rooms – a selection of traditional guesthouses that have been artfully brought back to life, retaining their innate charm, character and history – whilst incorporating all the conveniences expected by the modern traveller.
If you are daydreaming about wandering through a fairy-tale medieval European town, Bruges is the perfect destination for you. 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.
“The difference between a good guesthouse and a great one often comes down to one thing: design.
Bruges or Brugge?
Brugge is the Dutch version of Bruges, the two terms are interchangable. It’s also referred to as the Venice of the North, thanks to its numerous canals. You can read more about that here.
Does Bruges have an airport?
No, the nearest airport is in Brussels. Here’s a map.
How do I get from Brussels to Bruges?
It takes 1 hour 15 minutes hours by car, or just over an hour by train.
Does the Eurostar go to Bruges?
Not directly, but if you buy a Eurostar ticket your travel onwards from Brussels to Bruges is included. It’s just one train, from the same station as you arrive in on the Eurostar.
What language is spoken?
A mixture of languages is spoken – Flemish (a Belgian version of Dutch), Dutch, German and, to a lesser extent, French are all considered native. English is spoken by almost everyone as a second language however.
What public transport is available?
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.
The historic centre is not very big, so it is possible to walk between most locations. There are also numerous places to hire a bike, and cycling is easy within Bruges.
Are taxis available?
There are taxi services available within the city, although they will be more expensive than using the buses available.
Is Uber or Lyft available in Bruges?
No, not yet!
What currency is used?
Belgium uses the Euro.
How far is the train station from the centre of town?
You can walk from the station to Markt Square in 20 minutes. Our apartments can be reached in less than that.
What is the local speciality?
Food and drink! Beer, chocolate and moules frites (mussels with french fries), specifically. Check out our Restaurant Recommendations to learn more.