Best of Bruges

Here you can find detailed information on a selection of the best hotels to stay at and nicest places to visit, as well as those tucked away sites that you may otherwise not know about when in Bruges.

Bruges perhaps has fewer grand monuments than London or Paris, yet so much character and atmosphere to make up for it. If you loose your way around the medieval cobbled streets, the worst that can happen is to find yourself stepping into one of the fine century-old café`s for a tasty coffee, much famed Belgian beer or something stronger.

It is a well-kept secret that Bruges is much more visited during the spring and autumn months than during the height of summer; so if you could come and enjoy the typical 25 to 30 degree temperatures from around the second week of June to the third week of August, you`ll have the place to yourself, so to speak!

Flanders Hotel ****

This city centre hotel and its 50 charming rooms come with excellent facilities, including a heated indoor pool and beautiful gardens.

This is further complimented by an extensive daily hot and cold breakfast, included with the room rate! Access Flanders Hotel`s website here for details or to make a reservation.

Restaurant De Karmeliet ***

In 1996 chef Van Hecke became the first in Flanders to be awarded the coveted 3 Michelin stars, making `De Karmeliet` one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

De Karmeliet is a culinary highlight where Special Menus, such as `The Flat Country` allow the diner to experience true gastronomy without compromise. More information is available from the restaurant`s website.

Christmas Market

Come and enjoy the Holiday Spirit!

From the 18th of November 2016 until the 1st of January 2017 you can get into the Holiday Spirit on the Christmas Market in Bruges.

The mainsquare and the Simon Stevinsquare are turned into a magical maze of booths where you can drink gin (jenever) or hot chocolate and eat pancakes and delicious snacks. In the middle of all the conviviality you can find your inner child on the ice rink with the famous Belfry on the background.

The Christmas Market is the ideal place for drinks and snacks but even for Christmas souvenirs and winter accessoires you will find your heart`s desire. To get from the marketsquare Christmas Market to the one on the Simon Stevinssquare you will have to pass through Bruges main shoppingstreet. This way the market becomes the perfect combination of drinks, food and shopping!

Belfry

The best view of Bruges.

This 83 meter high tower houses a carillon with 47 melodious bells.

Those who take on the challenge of climbing the tower can pause for a breather on the way up in the old treasury, where the city’s charters, seal and public funds were kept during the Middle Ages, and also at the level of the impressive clock or in the carillonneur’s chamber. Finally, after a tiring 366 steps, your efforts will be rewarded with a breath-taking and unforgettable panoramic view of Bruges and her surroundings.

The Lake of Love

Visit the home of our famous swans!

Take a strawl through this leafy green, on the shores of Bruges’ old inner harbour, now known as the `Lake of Love`.

Located at the southernmost tip of the centre, the lake and surrounding park offer an excellent retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city`s sights and streets. The many resident swans are the finishing touch to its romantic character.

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