Your travel guide for Bruges
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Medieval alleys and canals - the Belgian Hanseatic city of Bruges was one of the richest cities in Europe in the Middle Ages and still attracts millions of tourists every year with this magnificent heritage. Since 2000, the historic city center has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its numerous museums and cultural events, the city is now one of the most important cultural centers in Belgium.

TOP 10 Bruges

The Basilica of the Holy Blood is one of the most famous sights in Bruges. Since the Middle Ages, an ampoule containing the blood of Christ has been kept in the oldest building on the Burgplatz. Since 1291, the relic has been carried through the city every year on Ascension ...

Town Hall

The City Hall of Bruges
The Stadhuis is part of the Bruggemuseum museum complex, but is also still the active administrative seat of the Bruges city government. Connoisseurs describe the old town hall not only as one of the oldest, but above all as one of the most beautiful town halls in Flanders, which is ...
On the edge of the Grote Markt, Bruges' central market square, the 83-metre-high Belfry is not just a beautiful eye-catcher. With an admission ticket, you can take advantage of its height and ideal location in the middle of the city for a breathtaking view over Bruges. However, you will ...


Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk
The Gothic Church of Our Lady from the 13th century is located right next to the Gruuthuse Museum in the old town of Bruges. Its outstanding attraction is the sculpture "Madonna and ...


Residence of a Christian medieval community
The beguinage, which officially bears the name "Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde", was founded in the 13th century. It was not until 1930 that the last Bruges beguine, who had dedicated herself to apostolic poverty according to the rules of her order, died. Since 1937, the picturesque estate on Minnewater ...

The old town of Bruges

UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000
The beautiful medieval old town is not only the most important sight of Bruges, but since 2000 it has also been protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The Grote Markt

The cultural and tourist center of Bruges
Since 958, the Grote Markt has been the centre of life in Bruges. Arguably the most beautiful square in the city, it is not particularly large at one hectare, but there is still plenty to discover.

Guide to Bruges


The many churches in the medieval old town of Bruges are among the most famous sights of the city. On this page we present you the most beautiful churches in Bruges.

Travel and accommodation

In the middle of the 13th century, the Hanseatic League established a counting house in Bruges. Bruges became one of the most important European trading cities, mainly due to the trade in fabrics. Only with the increasing silting up of the access to the North Sea in the 15th century did the importance of the city of Bruges as a trading center decline.

Häufige Fragen (FAQ)

How many inhabitants does Bruges have?

The population of Bruges is just over 118,000.

What language is spoken in Bruges?

Bruges is located in the Belgian region of West Flanders. West Flemish, a Dutch dialect, is spoken here. However, many Belgians speak English very well, and some speak German.

How far is it from Bruges to the sea?

Bruges is about 15 km from the North Sea port of Zeebrugge.