An enticing city near the France–Belgium border, Bruges makes for a convenient day trip from Paris. It's sometimes called Little Venice of the North and is best known for its canals and historic center. Here's how to visit from the French capital.
- Once you've seen the top sights in Paris, such as the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral, take a day trip into Belgium to explore Bruges.
- Choose an independent tour with transportation and an audio guide for a stress-free experience on your own, or opt for a guided day trip for undivided attention from a tour guide.
- Take a guided walking tour of Bruges' medieval town center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See historic Bruges landmarks such as the Saint-Sang Basilica, the Beguine Convent (Le Beguinage), the Gothic City Hall and the 12th-century Markt Square with its iconic bell tower.
- Those visiting on an independent tour can spend their time as they please, whether it's taking a canal cruise; visiting the Church of Our Lady to see Michelangelo's "Madonna and Child;" getting acquainted with Flemish art at the Groeningemuseum; or enjoying free time sampling Belgian chocolates at a Bruges cafe.
Things to Know
- Bruges is located 185 miles (300 kilometers) north of Paris, about 3.5 hours away by road.
- Prepare for a full day—day trips from Paris typically run between 12 and 14 hours long.
- Most tours include hotel pickup in Paris and roundtrip transport to Bruges.