Bruges is a unique city. It has a rich history dating back to the 9th century that is closely linked to the sea. The city reached its (economic) peak in the 15th century and was considered as a true ‘world city’. But as the channels to the sea silted up, the city fell into decline. It remained perfectly preserved, however, and Bruges has changed little ever since: the cultural heritage and city structure are therefore still so well preserved today. No wonder that in 2000 Unesco declared the historic centre of Bruges as a ‘World Heritage site’.
But in addition to the many beautiful sights to see, there is also a surprising number of things to do and experience. We would like to give you some suggestions:
1. Have a 'city guide'
There is so much going on in Bruges. A handy city guide is essential.
The official 160-page guide book includes:
- a pull-out city map
- updated information on all the attractions
- enjoyable walking tours
- addresses of lovely restaurants and special shops
You can purchase this city guide at ‘De Drie Koningen’ for € 5.00 (Available NL-FR-EN-DE-IT-E)
> more information about Bruges City Guide
An excellent way to get to know every aspect of Bruges is to discover the city on foot accompanied by a guide
> more information about Guided city tour
2. Enjoy to the utmost
‘In&Uit’ acts as a single point of contact for the city. Tourists, residents and visitors are welcome at ‘In & Uit’ and can get information on exhibitions, events, festivals, shows, discounts for young people … or purchasing tickets.
For a list of all events, visit your ‘In&Uit‘ online .
3. Indulge yourself in a relaxing gastronomic stay
Do you have something to celebrate? Then why not visit one of the many top restaurants in Bruges. Up to 35 chefs in the city have received a ‘Michelin’-star. Many of these restaurants offer an excellent value lunch menu.On the other hand, each apartment at ‘De Drie Koningen’ also offers a fully-equipped kitchen so why not try preparing one of our Flemish classics?
- Mussels from Zeeland
- Flemish stew accompanied with a brown Bruges Zot beer
- Asparagus Flemish style
- Chicory With Ham and Cheesesauce
- Rabbit with prunes
You can buy all ingredients at the Fish Market, the weekly market (Wednesday morning at the Market – Saturday morning at ‘Zand’), local shops and Delhaize ‘Proxy’ supermarket a few minutes walk away.
4. Cycle through and around Bruges
The city is surrounded by a network of cycle tracks. Cycling to the Belgian coast (Ostend, Blankenberge, De Haan and Knokke-Heist) or to the Netherlands (Sluis) is therefore a fun and active way to explore the region.
You can rent bicycles at ‘De Drie Koningen’ :
- ordinary Trek-city bicycles (€ 15,00 €/day), if you want to cross the city or want to cycle to the coast
- Trek-electric bicycles (€ 30,00 / day) for less sporty visitors or those who want to cycle further afield
For both the experienced and occasional cyclist we have planned some wonderful cycling routes to fully enjoy the city and the surrounding area.
At ‘De Drie Koningen’ you can purchase maps of the bicycle network around Bruges and West Flanders.
5. Commemorate the 'Great War'
About 50 km from Bruges is the city of Ypres (Ieper in Flemish) and the so-called Flanders Fields, the green border region that stretches between the North Sea and France. This is the rolling scenery of the Great War. Traces of the First World War still shape the landscape today. This is a region that you must see, and will never forget.
From Bruges you can make excursions to the Westhoek and Ypres with :
Don’t miss the award-winning ‘Flanders Fields‘ museum in Ypres.
Those traveling by car can purchase a ’14 -18 Auto Roadmap’ at De Drie Koningen. This map leads you along the most important monuments and memorial sites of the Great War.
6. Visit other Flemisch art cities
Bruges is also an excellent base from which to explore other cities in Belgium. You can easily plan daytrips to Antwerp (110 km), Ghent (45 km) or Brussels (95 km) by train or by car.
- Antwerpen offers a mix of culture, architecture, leisure and entertainment. With the Jewish Quarter, the Chinese district, the zoo and the international port, Antwerp guarantees a lively atmosphere where the world-famous trade in diamonds adds an extra sparkle. The Quartier Latin is the theatre district par excellence. Trendy neighbourhoods like ‘het Zuid’ and ‘het Eilandje’ are perfect places for a cozy dinner or a lively nightlife.
The city is easily accessible from Bruges with a direct train every hour: travel time approximately 75 minutes.
- Gent is a special place. Nowhere else can you switch so quickly from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century and back. During a walk or boat trip through the city you will discover its hidden treasures: an infinite number of churches and magnificent monasteries, antique shops and museums.
Easily accessible by train (every half hour – travel time 25 min), but also by car. You can park easily in the city centre: Parking Gent Zuid.
- Brussels is a city trip full of art and culture: the world famous Grand Place, which has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site, the Art Nouveau buildings, the Royal Palace, comic strips, and more than 100 museums.
You can travel every half hour from Bruges to Brussels Central station by train (travel time 60 min).
7. Enjoy our Belgian beers
The people of Bruges love the good life. Producing beer and tasting beer has become part of our culture. But to see the wood for the trees, Bruges has developed an online pub guide or Cafégids .
Besides highlights such as Brugs beertje and the oldest pub in town, Café Vlissinghe, you will find more cafés nearby De Drie Koningen : café Rose Red , Cambrinus, de Garre , de Hollandse Vismijn and Estaminet
Those who prefer a friendly wine bar can definitely go to Cuvee just around the corner in the Philipstockstraat and which specialises in natural wines accompanied by local cheeses and delicatessen.
8. Bring your dancing shoes
In Bruges you can dance almost the whole year round:
- during Benenwerk (every 2nd Saturday of August) you can stretch your legs on 13 different squares in 13 different dancing styles
- Pasos de Brujas is dancing Argentine tango every Sunday in June, July and Augsuts on the Vismarkt between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
- Salsa de Brujas brings a bit of Cuba to Bruges: every Saturday in June, July and August it’s Salsa night.
Pasos de Brujas organizes during the year small ‘milongas’ or dance evenings at ‘De Drie Koningen’. As a visitor to De Drie Koningen, you have free access to this event. This way you can also enjoy the atmosphere from De Vergulde Fontein, one of the best preserved 14th century cellars in Bruges!
If you have two left feet but you want to surprise your partner, De Drie Koningen can organize for you a 90 minute introduction course to this passionate dance.
9. 'Like' us on Facebook and don't miss what is happening in Bruges
But there’s more. On this website we have also gathered interesting announcements from several Facebook pages with updated news about Bruges