Bruges had its heyday between the 12th and 15th centuries when it was a major trading port, and known for its spinning and weaving industry and later lace-making. When Philip the Good set up court in Bruges in the 15th century, the artists, bankers and wealthy courtiers followed, filling the city with culture and grand architecture. The first book ever printed in English came from Bruges, the work of William Caxton. But inevitably in that low-lying part of Europe the canals and rivers silted up, and the port moved elsewhere, leaving Bruges in its wake.
These days the city knows that its future lies in its past. The buildings in the beautiful historic center are well-preserved, earning the city a UNESCO World Heritage listing. There are enough towers, churches, and little arching bridges to keep anyone happy. Plus restaurants, nightlife and museums. Add to that Belgium's famous products: beer and chocolate, and Bruges definitely has something for everyone.
Excellent day trip from Amsterdam. Enough time to explore Bruges
This was such a fun day. I really enjoyed Bruges. After the walking tour I did the boat ride, shopping for chocolate and waffles, saw the church, got a Belgian beer, and toured the old hospital museum. The tour was done in 5 languages on the same bus and we were given headsets to use.
Review by Sarah N, Australia, May 2013
Doing what: Private Arrival Transfer: Brussels International Airport to Brussels, Bruges or Ghent Hotels
Great, driver on time. Perfect