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The sleepy, romantic persona of this Belgian city is embellished by horse-drawn carriages, streets that are so quiet you’d think they were a secret, and locals sipping dark beers in medieval windows. Book your Bruges holiday with Travelbag and stay in a hotel handpicked by our experts.

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Holidays in Bruges

Short breaks to Bruges are framed by well preserved Gothic architecture (Belgium’s World War II neutrality saved in from destruction), quiet breweries and artisan chocolatiers creating new sensations with age old techniques. The UNESCO listed city centre is so compact a day trip to Bruges seems like enough but the Venice of the North has points of interest hidden all over. Go shopping in Bruges in the boutiques and shops old enough to be museums. You’ll find Belgian lace in clothes and lingerie designer shops like't Apostelientje that pocket mark the streets and admire the tapestries and fine furnishings of the Gruuthusemuseum city palace, once a pawn shop. Next door is Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child in The Church of Our Lady. Arrive in December time for the Christmas Market when food, drink and craft markets set up in the centre and no matter what time of year round off evenings with a Belgian beer; dark and syrupy-thick with fruity and earthy notes.

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The Old Town, Almshouses and Canals

Bruges provides a charming backdrop for your city break, with its colourful buildings, canal houses and cobbled squares. Start in the compact city centre and get a sense for the history of the place under the eaves of the City Hall’s vaulted ceiling, the Provincial Court, the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Then, climb the 366 steps of the Belfry Tower to see it all from above. You can explore the wider city on a Bruges canal tour, drifting under curling bridges and past the medieval-looking Rozenhoedkaai. If you’re here in the summer, visit the almshouses – some as old as the 14th century – that were built to house the sick and elderly. 

 

Chocolate and Beer

The best things to do in Bruges are the simple things in life – eat chocolate and drink beer. Belgian chocolate shops here have the look of a fine jewellers and the atmosphere of a wine bar. Smooth spheres of praline and truffle are lined up inside glass cabinets and melted chocolate is poured into delicate cups and saucers. Go to Chocolate Line on Vaartstraat or Mary, a store off Mariastraat. Both have a wide range of classic and experimental flavours – the handmade boxes of the latter make good gifts. Chocolate isn’t the only commodity Bruges is renowned for. You could plan an entire weekend in Bruges around the various watering holes – our favourite is ‘t Poatersgat. And, if drinking the stuff isn’t enough, head to the Beer Museum to learn about Belgian brewing methods..

 

Bruges Hotels

Stay in a luxury hotel in Bruges, and you’ll have one of Belgium’s most picturesque cities on your doorstep. Our Bruges hotels are centrally located, like the Hotel Van Cleef in the Sint-Anna Quarter. Just off the busy Langestraat Street, this old Italianate mansion once played host to the Burgundian nobility. It’s now a boutique hotel with contemporary décor. Magnifying glasses and everyday items of days-gone-by are dotted around the rooms, lending the place the class of an old timer. In the west, in the Ezelstraat Quarter, is the Hotel Prinsenhof. Twenty four rooms lie behind a 1930s façade, as does a breakfast area that shouldn’t be missed – expect Champagne – and a tidy little bar.

 

Best time to visit Bruges

Time your Bruges holiday right and you’ll avoid the tourist throngs, while still having a shot at some good weather. The weather here is cold and damp, adding to the sleepy low key feel of the place. The winter months have a charm of their own when the streets and medieval buildings are seasonally decorated, and snowflakes fall and vanish on the canal surfaces. But trips to Bruges during the shoulder seasons can offer the best of both worlds. Spring (April – May) and autumn (September – October) aren’t as warm as June to August, so you’ll avoid the summer rush – which is a good idea, in a petit city whose stand out features are narrow alleys and slender canal bridges. Late May and early September are the best times to visit, when you consider the Bruges weather and crowds.

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Why Travelbag?

Book your Bruges weekend break with Travelbag and save money by booking flights and accommodation together as part of our all inclusive packages.

We’ve got some great hotels in Brugges, Belgium to choose from. They’ve all been handpicked for their focus on the luxurious to give your weekend in Brugges a touch of class and make it extra special. Explore our holiday packages and contact our travel experts to tailor your itinerary.

Call our customer services department on 0203 139 7074 or visit us in one of our branches to arrange and book your Bruges city break getaway today. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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