Bruges likes to think of itself as the 'Venice of the north', fighting Amsterdam for the title and quite possibly winning. It's smaller than Amsterdam, less frantic, and with the same dreamy canals and wealthy merchants' buildings giving the city beauty and grace.

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.

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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

4 star rating: Recommended 1100 Reviews

Discover two of Flanders' special gems on a full day trip to Ghent and Bruges. No visit to Belgium is complete without a visit to these two beautiful cities, ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.52

Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam

4 star rating: Recommended 440 Reviews

Discover Bruges – one of the most captivating cities in Belgium – on this day trip from Amsterdam. After traveling to Bruges by coach, you will receive a brief ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.71

Paris to Bruges Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 441 Reviews

Include a day trip to the charming town of Bruges in Belgium's Flemish region on your Paris holiday. You'll visit one of the most beautifully preserved ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $174.80
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Bruges Express City Tour from Brussels

4 star rating: Recommended 62 Reviews

Upon arrival in Bruges you will visit the Lake of Love (Minnewater) and the Beguinage (convent).

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.49

Private Arrival Transfer: Brussels International Airport to Brussels, Bruges or Ghent Hotels

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Travel with ease from Brussels International Airport to your Brussels, Ghent or Bruges hotel by pre-booking this private arrival transfer. Don't spend extra ...  Read more

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From USD $12.53

Private Departure Transfer: Brussels, Bruges or Ghent Hotels to Brussels International Airport

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Book a private departure transfer from your Brussels, Ghent or Bruges hotel to Brussels International Airport to make sure you arrive at the airport ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
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From USD $12.53

Private Departure Transfer: Brussels, Bruges or Ghent Hotels to Brussels Gare du Midi Railway Station

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Forget paying excessive taxi fares to get from your hotel to Gare du Midi! Book this departure transfer and travel with ease from your Brussels, Ghent or ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
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From USD $12.53

Private Departure Transfer: Brussels, Bruges or Ghent Hotels to Brussels Charleroi Airport

Forget paying excessive taxi fares to get from your hotel to Brussels Charleroi Airport! Book this private transfer and travel with ease from your Brussels, ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.05

Private Arrival Transfer: Brussels Charleroi Airport to Brussels, Bruges or Ghent Hotels

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Travel with ease from Brussels Charleroi Airport to your Brussels, Bruges or Ghent hotel by pre-booking your arrival airport private transfer. Skip all the ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
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From USD $20.05

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