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Bruges is a charming warren of cobbled streets, vast churches, canals lined with gorgeous old warehouses, a spectacularly lovely main square and chocolate shops. Lots and lots of chocolate shops. Many of the best places to stay in Bruges are located around the historic centre, so it's a very accessible city and perfect for a short break.
In Bruges it's hard not to take a postcard worthy photograph. In the town's medieval centre there are no modern buildings to jump into your shot at the last minute, or cars to dash through. In fact, here you're more likely to have your photograph spoiled by a horse and buggy. For this is one of Europe's best-preserved pre-motorised cities.
Bruges is so lovely that everyone knows about it, so the best way to appreciate this beautiful town is to stay midweek, and not during summer. Bruges is beautiful all year round, and it's more pleasant when you're sharing it with fewer visitors.
Visit the Markt, and climb the Belfort - there's not much to see inside, but the view is worth the long climb. Take a ride on the canals and see the Begijnhof. Or take a horse and trap ride to the Minnewater.
Visit the tiny Basilica of the Holy Blood in the Burg, and admire the Stadhuis and Brugse Vrije, which are the Gothic town administration buildings.
See the Flemish art in the Groeningemuseum, then visit the Arentshuis next door and see the wonderful WW1 etchings by Frank Brangwyn.
Try some moules and frites, waffles, a locally brewed beer, and of course, as much chocolate as you can manage. And if you really want to try the local beers, visit the beer museum where there are a huge range to choose from. There's also a frite museum and a chocolate museum...
Bruges is floodlit by night, so you can walk around for hours seeing everything you've seen in the day but with an even more romantic tint. There are plenty of canal side cafes and bars from which to watch the world go by, and cosy tearooms if the weather turns nasty.
Bruges gets a lot of visitors, so in some parts of town prices feel hiked, but there are plenty of budget options when it comes to eating and drinking, and many of the pleasures of Bruges come from strolling round town, seeing what you see.
What Not To Miss
- The medieval Belfry of Bruges is one of the city's most prominent symbols. Head up the 366 stairs of this former observation post and take in the wonderful views of the city when you reach the top.
- The Groeningemuseum houses a wonderful collection of Flemish art, spanning six centuries. With a wide variety of collections ranging from Flemish Primitive artworks and neoclassical paintings, to Baroque and Renaissance masters, it's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
- Head over to the Bruges Beer Museum and learn more about one of Belgium's most renowned industries. Discover all about the history of brewing and enjoy a few samples after the tour of the many different beers they have on offer.
- St Salvator's Cathedral is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. Dating back to the 1300s, it boasts cavernous interiors and a wide collection of Flemish art.
As with all popular tourist destinations, the best places to stay in Bruges get very booked up during the peak periods and summer months. So plan ahead and book early, or even better come off season when you can almost believe you've got the place to yourselves.
Bruges City Break
- Right on the canal, just around the corner from the Basilica of the holy Blood, you'll find Die Swaene. Sophisticated and historically listed, this hotel has also won some industry awards, and has a Michelin Bib Gourmand recommendation. So if your standards are high when it comes to boutique accommodation, this is a good option.
- If you're looking for somewhere small and personal, one of the best places to stay in old Bruges is Number 11. This beautiful guesthouse has been tastefully and comfortably decorated in creams and neutrals, to make the best of the building's gorgeous original features and its quiet courtyard.
- Slightly out from the main square, but still within walking distance of the highlights, Ter Duinen is one to book if you're looking for somewhere to relax by the canal. This hotel has a beautiful courtyard, and a breakfast room which looks out onto it, so it's a peaceful haven to come back to.
- Hotel Monsieur Ernest's wonderfully central location means it's the perfect base from which to get to know Bruges. Set in a restored 14th century building, the accommodation is chic and spacious whilst a hearty buffet breakfast is served up each morning.
- Hotel Prinsehof is a smart upscale townhouse with stylish accommodation. Situated just a short distance from the sights, it's a splendid all round city stay.
Bruges for Romance
Bruges is a great place to discover with another person. There are so many small wonders that you're bound to find something special.
- For boutique style luxury with a reasonable price tag, one of the best places to stay in Bruges is the Hotel de Tuilerieen. Right on the canal, this hotel, converted from a 15th Century building, has big windows in the generously sized rooms, letting in lots of light and the beautiful vista of Bruges. It also benefits from charming original details and a good spa.
- If you love chintzy luxury and old fashioned manor house hotels, the Hotel de Orangerie is probably for you. It's right on the canal - the boat trips leave from just outside its tea rooms - and the rooms on this side have great views of all the action. The staff are genuinely helpful, the afternoon tea is good, the bar is well stocked and you're right around the corner from the main square. All the rooms are different sizes and have different decorations, so there's even a reasonably priced option.
- If you want luxury right in the heart of town, book the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce. Backing directly onto the canal and right around the corner from Markt Square, this hotel's location is enviable. Inside the rooms are sumptuous but bright with toile de jouy wallpaper. They also have a superbly located tea room and terrace, so even if you don't stay here it's worth looking it up for a romantic tea break.
- The Pand, set in an authentic carriage house turned luxury hotel, boasts sophisticated accommodation with elegant furnishings. Located in a quiet part of town and with private jacuzzis in all suites, it's a top spot for romance - whilst there are a number of top eateries within walking distance.
- Canal Deluxe is a 17th century canal-side townhouse converted into a two bedroom B&B. This cosy spot has a wonderful log fire and a grand stone fireplace (the perfect place to curl up with a good book), whilst the characterful rooms have high ceilings and original wooden beams. Wonderfully intimate.
- Hôtel Heritage is a dreamily romantic escape! Boasting spectacularly elegant and historic interiors complete with chandeliers, paintings and traditional furnishings, their Michelin starred Mystique restaurant serves up dishes to die for. A real treat.
- B&B Bornedrager is centrally located and offers three elegant rooms, featuring modern furnishings with a classical style. Plus, it's strictly adults only - making it a great choice for romantic getaways. Wonderful breakfasts served up each morning.
Bruges on a Budget
- The Hotel Jan Brito has got to be one of the most historic properties in Bruges, but, surprisingly, it's also one of the best places to stay in Bruges on a budget. The decor is 'romanticised medieval', full of knights and maidens and the kind of grand, French style, four poster beds knights and maidens in black and white films favour. There's a wonderful courtyard with a big box hedge and bar and sitting rooms which are best described as 'noble'.
- In a charming redbrick house close to the Groenighe Museum, you'll find the Anselmus Hotel. With sixteen rooms, of all different sizes, including triples and quadruples, this a good option if you're travelling with a group and you want to keep costs down.
Bruges with your Family
You can't always get a high chair in cafes and restaurants, but people seem genuinely happy to see you show up with your kinder. The size of the town also makes it easy to navigate with little ones. There's no need to worry about transport, everything is within walking distance.
- For families looking for somewhere a bit more modern, the Hotel Walwyck and adjacent Walwyck Suites should tick all the right boxes. Rooms, suites and family apartments are decorated in simple white, with a few dashes of colour for interest. The emphasis is on comfort and space.
- For a home from home feel, little three roomed B&B, St Niklaas is one of the best places to stay in Bruges. You're staying in a gorgeous townhouse in the centre of town, with enough original features to make it feel special, but not so many that you have to worry your kids are going to break something...
- Anselmus Hotel's rooms sleep up to five, so it's a great choice for family city breaks. This characterful spot is also well located to see all that the city has to offer and, what's more, at great value!
- B Guest offers just two rooms, so if you're coming with the family you can have the whole B&B to yourselves! The accommodation is furnished in a comfortably country style and you can come back after a day out sightseeing to enjoy a cuppa on the roof terrace.
For An Apartment
- If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the wide selection available with our partner, booking.com
- The best time to visit Bruges weather-wise is definitely in the summer, with the average daily temperature reaching 17°C in August. This will be peak tourist season though, and so accommodation may be costlier than at other times in the year.
- Whilst it's a tad chilly in winter (the average temperature is just 4°C in December!), the city is beautifully picturesque at this time of year - especially if it happens to snow. What's more, it'll be less crowded and accommodation will be cheaper than during peak season. So if you pack a few jackets, you'll be good to go!
- The nearest airport is Ostend-Bruges Airport, located 5km southwest of the city, but it is only served by TUI flights from mainland Europe. Most travellers fly to Brussels and then take a train to Bruges.
- There are plenty of daily trains running from Brussels to Bruges - taking just over an hour and costing €14.70.
- You can also take the Eurostar from St Pancras to Brussels and then hop on a connecting train to Bruges. These start at just €34 and are a wonderfully peaceful way to travel!
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Best Hotels in Bruges
Hotel Jan Brito Bruges 37 rooms from £74City StyleSights nearby - Situated in the centre of Bruges. All attractions can be reached on foot.Private Hot Tub - The four best rooms all have jacuzzi bath tubsRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - CN Traveller
Anselmus Hotel Bruges 16 rooms from £86Garden - The hotel has a really charming garden.Groups - Triple/quaruples rooms.Value chicSailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
Hotel Walwyck/Walwyck Suites Bruges 18 rooms from £95Groups - Triple suites.FamiliesSights nearby - 5 minutes's walk from the main market squareTraditional
Hotel Monsieur Ernest Bruges (Brugge) 28 rooms from £100Short fly break - Situated just 15 miles from the airport and with a shuttle service provided, why don't you pop on over for a long weekend?Local exploring - Monsieur Ernest's central location in Bruges make it an ideal base from which to exlpore the citySights nearby - The Belfry of Bruges and Basilica of the Holy Blood are both just a short distance awayGreat walks - Stroll through the Park Sebrechts Brugge or wander on over to the beautiful Grand Place
Hotel de Tuilerieen Bruges 45 rooms from £100LuxuryRomantic BreakCity StyleSights nearby - Right in the historic centre of BrugesRecommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
St Niklaas B&B Bruges 3 rooms from £104Sights nearby - Burg Square with its 14th-century town hall and Basilica of the Holy Blood.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape
Ter Duinen Bruges 20 rooms from £108Sights nearby - All the major sights are easily accessible on footFull of characterRomantic - Good for couples.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
Die Swaene Bruges 30 rooms from £121LuxurySpa breaksCity StyleRomantic BreakRecommended by - Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
B Guest Bruges 2 rooms from £121Hideaway - Nestled down a quiet pedestrian street yet walking distance from many of the historic city of Bruges' sightsSights nearby - The Beguinage, the Belfry and the Church of Our Lady are all walking distanceCooking classes - Try your hand at the art of chocolate makingLocal markets - Good for local colour.
A charming two bedroom B&B nestled down a quiet pedestrian street, yet still walking distance from the picturesque medieval city of Bruges. Both rooms are decorated in a comfortable country style with soft furnishings. Breakfast is served and there is a charming roof terrace to enjoy a cup of tea. See More
The Pand Bruges 26 rooms from £128City StyleRomantic BreakLuxurySights nearby - Located a stone's throw from the Market SquareRecommended by - Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
De Castillion Bruges (Brugge) 23 rooms from £130City Style - Stylish rooms are furnished in the art deco style, and the High Tea served in the afternoon reeks of sophistication.Local exploring - Set in the heart of bruges; ideal for exploring the city on foot.Sights nearby - In the historic centre of Bruges, only 450 yards from the Basilica of the Holy Blood.Local markets - Near the Market Square of Bruges.
B&B Bornedrager Bruges 3 rooms from £130Local exploring - B&B De Bornedrager's location in the historic centre of Bruges makes it a perfect spot from which to get to know the cityValue chic - Fantastic accomodation, in a great location without the killer price tag- what more could you ask for?Sights nearby - Go visit the beautiful Belfry of Bruges or head over to Market SquareRestrictions on children - Adult only
This classic B&B enjoys a wonderfully central location in beautiful Bruges, close to the city's main attractions. The three elegant rooms have been lovingly designed in a traditional manner, and a great breakfast spread can be expected! The perfect option for a city break. See More
Canal Deluxe Bruges 2 rooms from £134Sights nearby - Right in the centre of the Old Town so easy access to all of Bruges' highlights. The Market Square is 3 mins on foot.Full of characterLocal markets - Good for local colour.Romantic - Good for couples.
Set in a 17th Century canalside townhouse, this two bedroom B&B gives guests their own private lounge with grand stone fireplace and pretty garden for warmer days. Steeped in character, cosy rooms have high ceilings with original wooden beams and rich earthy colours. Ideal for a romantic city break. See More
Number 11 Bruges 4 rooms from £134City StyleSights nearby - Located in the historic centre of BrugesTraditionalLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - CN Traveller
Hotel de Orangerie Bruges 20 rooms from £143Views - Overlooks the Den Dyver canalCity StyleSights nearby - Located in the historic heart of the city with all major attractions within walking distance.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
Casa Romantico Bruges 3 rooms from £152Romantic Break - A charming and romantic B&B, with chic rooms, lovely pool and easy access to the sights of Bruges.Sights nearby - Arentshuis, Basilica of the Holy Blood and Belfry of Bruges are all within five minutes walk.Local markets - Explore the local markets of Bruges in the traditional market square.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
A delightful guesthouse, nestled into the heart of Bruges. Each elegant and comfortable room is decorated with tasteful furniture and artwork. When your not exploring the majestic old town, you can recline by the deluxe pool. Perfect for an intimate, romantic break in Bruges. See More
Hôtel Heritage Bruges 22 rooms from £159City StyleSights nearby - Belfry Tower, the Church of Our Lady, the Basilica of the Holy Blood as well as all of the historic museums.Local markets - Good for local colour.TraditionalRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux, Frommers
Hotel Prinsenhof Bruges 24 rooms from £159City StyleSights nearby - Well located for major sights.TraditionalLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - CN Traveller
B&B Ambrogio Bruges 2 rooms from £189City Style - Chic accommodation in the heart of Bruges close to all the sights.Sights nearby - Marvel at the impressive medieval bell tower, Belfry of Bruges.Restrictions on children - Adult onlyViews - Great views from hotel
A smart B&B located in the heart of the city and boasting views of the canal. The two suites are impeccably designed with quirks of the original building set against chic contemporary style. Featuring a quiet terrace and garden, sauna and relaxation area. A stylish base for a city escape. See More
Guesthouse Bonaficius Bruges 3 rooms from £193Great walks - Take a leisurely and romantic stroll along the canal or simply wander aimlessly through the city's streets taking it all inSights nearby - Go visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood or head to the beautiful Belfry of BrugesFull of characterTraditionalRecommended by - CN Traveller
This wonderfully quaint guesthouse is situated alongside the canal in Bruges. Its elegant rooms are in keeping with the traditional features but have an updated and contemporary feel to them. Start your day off with coffee and breakfast on the rooftop terrace before heading off. A superb city stay! See More
Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Bruges 16 rooms from £187Views - Lovely canal views.City StyleRomantic BreakLuxuryRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Michelin Travel