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Best Time to Visit Bruges

The temperate climate of Central Europe means that Bruges does not have any particular tourist seasons. The city offers many delightful events for all tastes throughout the seasons.

Info about the weather and climate in Bruges

The centre of Bruges is only a few kilometres from the sea. The famous port of Zeebrugge is still today an economically important part of the city because of its proximity to other economic centres and because of the deep-sea shipping. Thanks to its proximity to the North Sea, the climate in the city is comparatively balanced. Allergy sufferers and those with sensitive respiratory tracts benefit from the fresh sea climate. As in the rest of Central and Northern Europe, you can expect relatively moderate temperatures and average rainfall at any time of year.

Moderate climate and mild temperatures

The proximity of the North Sea has a balancing effect on the climate in Bruges. It is typical of the maritime climate that the temperature fluctuations are moderate at all times of the year. This effect allows you to enjoy the atmosphere in the streets on fine days in the evening from spring to autumn. The minimum and maximum temperatures are also less extreme than in continental regions.

The average daytime temperature in Bruges is

  • in spring 5 to 12 degrees,
  • in summer 15 to 17 degrees,
  • in autumn 7 to 15 degrees and
  • in winter 3 to 4 degrees.

However, these averages only give an approximate idea. In summer, temperatures above 25 degrees are not uncommon, while in the winter months night frosts and freezing temperatures freeze the canals.

High season at any time of year

Because of its countless different music and cultural festivals, Bruges is in high season almost all year round. If you are a fan of the Middle Ages, jazz, rock, swing, cinema or cycling, you should put the picturesque capital of West Flanders in your calendar of festivals and events. Even outside the festivals and sporting highlights such as the annual Tour of Flanders, the idyllic metropolis offers changing attractions and timeless attractions in every season.

Because of the many parks and green spaces, and with the help of the canals and canals, temperatures in Bruges during the hottest summer months of July, August and September are easily tolerable even for sensitive travelers. For your plans to visit as few interiors of museums and churches as possible and instead enjoy the picturesque outdoor views, the months with the least rainfall are June, July and August.