Tourist visits from our own country are possible again. As of 15 June, visitors from the European Union, the United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein are also welcome again. The city of Bruges is closely following the directives of the National Security Council so as to ensure a safe and comfortable visit in our city. Please follow the instructions on the spot.
The city also revives and activities will start up again gradually and progressively. Below you will find an update:
- The shops are open but shopping is on your own and limited to 30 minutes. It’s recommended to wear a face mask (but this is not mandatory). At the beginning of the main shopping streets you can disinfect your hands and buy a face mask.
- Restaurants and cafés are open. In order to guarantee physical distance, outdoor terraces will be extended wherever possible and the number of people in the indoor areas will be limited. Prior reservation (restaurants) and registration (cafés) is required and your party is limited to 10 people. Cafés and restaurants close at 1h. Some restaurants offer meal delivery (delivery) and meals to take away (take-away).
- Tourist accommodation may receive guests.
- The following museums and places of interest are open: Adornesdomein (Adornes domain), Arentshuis, Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges), Cozmix – Volkssterrenwacht (Cozmix Public observatory Beisbroek), Gezellehuis, Groeningemuseum (Groeninge Museum), Gruuthusemuseum (Gruuthuse Museum), Historium, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan (Brewery De Halve Maan), Foltermuseum (Torture museum), Kantcentrum (Lace Centre), O.L.V.-kerk Museum (Church of Our Lady), O.L.V. ter Potterie (Our Lady of the Pottery), Seafront, Sint-Janshospitaal (St. John’s Hospital), Stadhuis (Town Hall), Volkskundemuseum (Folklore Museum). Reopen soon: Choco-Story (Chocolate Museum): July 1st, Concert Hall: July 1st, Frietmuseum (Fries Museum): July 1st. In the restart phase the opening periods and times may deviate from what is customary. To ensure a safe visit, specific regulations apply and the number of visitors is limited. Booking in advance guarantees your visit.
- In the second half of June, the tourist boats sail at weekends with more limited capacity and frequency. On 13/14 June: landing stage Huidenvettersplein/Vismarkt. On 20/21 June: landing stage Wollestraat and Rozenhoedkaai. Wearing a face mask during the cruise is compulsory.
- Guided tours of the city are possible. In order to make the tour safe, specific regulations apply and the group size is limited to a maximum of 20 people. Please ask the tour organiser in advance.
- The taxis run without a limit on the number of passengers. The general rules, i.e. hygienic measures and keeping the distance remain valid and must be applied. If this is not possible, mouth masks will be worn both by the customer and the driver.
- Public toilets are open at the Burg (Brugse Vrije) (Liberty of Bruges), Stadshallen (Belfry halls) and ‘t Zand. In Zeebrugge the toilets in the Badengebouw are open: 7/7 from 10h onwards. Toilets in restaurants and cafés are not open to the public for non-clients.
- Public transport runs at normal frequency and with normal capacity. On trains and busses it is compulsory to wear a face mask
- The tourist information offices in the Concertgebouw (Concert Hall) (‘t Zand), the station (Stationsplein) and in Historium (Markt) are open. Visit Bruges can also be reached by telephone (7/7 from 10h-17h) +32(0)50/44.46.46 and by e-mail email@example.com.
- All major events remain cancelled up to 31st August. Future events are uncertain. Consult the list of cancelled events here.
The city communicates updates on a regular basis at https://www.visitbruges.be/en .