Bruges is one of the best cities in Europe to discover/explore on foot; its cobbled streets leading you on a beguiling Medieval time warp into secret alleyways and thoroughfares offering treasures both gastronomic and historic. Pick up a map from one of Bruges’s three tourist offices in the Concert Hall/Concertgebouw, Historium (Market Square) and in the railway station or join a popular walking tour and savor the history lesson as you perambulate.
Bruges ( capital of the province of West Flanders), is a Belgian Venice because is entirely located on the channels. This kind of waterways, paved narrow alleys, weeping willows and the picturesque cottages have become a symbol of the magical city.
The wonderful canals of Bruges and was established in 1127. For many centuries they were the main “arteries”, playing a major role in the development of the city as provided important direct connections with the North Sea. The system of canals not only facilitated international trade but also made Bruges a strategically important city on the map of Europe.
Despite the fact that the role of channels in the country and the continent, has varied over the centuries, their appearance remained mostly unchanged, allowing you to learn what life was like in medieval Belgium. Now is the most fashionable and delightful tourist route of Belgium, attracting crowds of tourists from all over the world.
Alternatively, experience Bruges from a different aspect:
Bruges photography tours
The city is a photographer’s Mecca, as professional snapper and entrepreneur Andy McSweeney knows only too well. A native of Montreal, he’s been in Bruges for 14 years and has even married a local gal. So he knows his way around.
He has tours almost every day: early morning to catch the best light, lunchtime essentials, a hidden Bruges around 4pm and a spot of night photography in Bruges after dark. Andy’s passion for sharing his love of photography means this Photo Tour Brugge is a must whether you’re a pro, or just picked up your first disposable camera. Find out more at his website: www.phototourbrugge.com
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Cycling in Bruges
Flat landscapes make cycling a joy – whatever the weather – so take the weight off your feet and try some pedal power while you’re in Bruges. Either hire a bike for the day and do your own thing, or join a bike tour. Quasimodo’s Bruges By Bike tour offers visitors a two-and-a-half hour ‘laid back’ wheelie around the backstreets and main streets of the city, exploring the waterways, monuments and city sights, the Belfry tower, the Lake of Love, the windmills, the canals…. Plus a stop at a local hostelry for a snifter of the best beer on the planet. Helmets and rain jackets and even a T-shirt are provided.
www.quasimundo.com | Predikherenstraat 28 | email@example.com +32 50 330 775
If you’ve had your fill of cobbled streets and Gothic spires, then hire a bike for a tour of the tranquil polders outside the city limits. The flat landscape is an easy cycle and canal-side routes are beautiful and the perfect picnic stop in spring and summer. Green Bike Tours Tel: 050 612 667. firstname.lastname@example.org
‘t Zand, Concertgebouw. English, Dutch and French spoken. Booking is required. Daily, by appointment only. Ask at the tourist information for details.
Bruges canal tours
Escape the tourist melee on the Burg and the Markt and hop on a boat for a relaxing canal tour of Bruges. The 30-minute ride follows the ancient fortifications and is an effortless way to see Bruges from a calmer perspective.
Prepare to queue in peak season. Boats leave from the quays behind the Stadhuis (City Hall), Belfry and the Church of Our Lady.
Bruges bus tours
Perfect if you’re travelling with friends or family who can’t walk very far, the minibus tour lasts 50 minutes and takes guests to all Bruges’s main sights.
Commentary is in several languages. Look out for the bright yellow buses. If you have more time, you can also join the minibus tour to the delightful village of Damme. Stop off there for lunch and return by barge.
The bright yellow buses depart every thirty minutes from the Markt – the square in front of the Belfry. More information at www.citytour.be/
Departures every 30 min.
Jan – Mar 10h till sunset, Apr 10h tot 18u, May – Sept 10h till 19h, Oct – Dec 10h till sunset
Bus stop: Markt, The market square in front of the Belfry.
Tickets on the bus
Group reservations possible: email@example.com
Bruges horse-drawn carriage rides
Earn brownie points and treat your loved one to a romantic 30-minute carriage ride along Bruges’s enchanting cobbled streets. There’s a brief stop at the medieval houses of the Beguinage, and the coachman will keep you well informed about the sights along the way. Rides leave from the carriage station on the Markt or from the Burg on Wednesdays before noon. If you’d rather not wait in line, then book a carriage to collect you from your hotel or restaurant.
Vespa Tours Brugge
Escape from the city and enjoy a little Dolce Vita Belgium-style with a guided tour on a bright orange Vespa through scenic woodland and picturesque villages like Damme – once Bruges’s outer harbour. English, Dutch and French spoke and if you want to zip off alone you have the option to hire a scooter for the whole day. Book your seat now as they are very popular.
t’Zand 2 | +32 497 64 86 48 | Mobile: +38 497 648 648 | vespatours-brugge.be
Surely one of the best ways to see Bruges is from the air. Looking down over 1000 years of history you’ll be in very safe hands with Bruges Ballooning who have more than 20 years’ experience and even more reassuring: ‘zero accidents’. Clearly this is one activity that’s weather dependent, but if you’re lucky enough to get airborne, you could be gliding over city spires, polders and even see the Belgium coast with a Champagne and strawberry celebration on arrival at your destination.
bruges-ballooning.com | +32.475.972.887 | firstname.lastname@example.org