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:
There is so much going on in Bruges. That’s why you need to visit the official visitors site from the city of Bruges: www.visitbruges.be
It gives you information :
- updated information on all the events and attractions
- enjoyable walking tours
- addresses of lovely restaurants and special shops
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
Discover Belgian gastronomy! Bruges has many top restaurants. 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
- 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.
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. This is the 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.
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 famous bars 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, Bellemans pub and Estaminet
8. Beertastings at 'De Vergulde Fontein'
Hidden under ‘The Three Kings’, you can visit one of the most beautiful medieval cellars in Bruges: the ‘Vergulde Fontein’.
Here you can organize a reception for friends or family as a guest of ‘De Drie Koningen’. Or maybe we can help you with organising an initiation Argentine tango or a unique beer tasting of local beers?
More information: www.verguldefontein.be