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Medieval alleys and canals - the Belgian Hanseatic city of Bruges was one of the richest cities in Europe in the Middle Ages and still attracts millions of tourists every year with this magnificent heritage. Since 2000, the historic city center has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its numerous museums and cultural events, the city is now one of the most important cultural centers in Belgium.

Your travel guide for Bruges

In the middle of the 13th century, the Hanseatic League established a counting house in Bruges. Bruges became one of the most important European trading cities, mainly due to the trade in fabrics. Only with the increasing silting up of the access to the North Sea in the 15th century did the importance of the city of Bruges as a trading center decline.

Attractions and sights

The old Hanseatic city and Viking settlement of Bruges is bursting with sights. Bruges' old town is completely protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the whole city is full of historic buildings, impressive churches and great museums.

Travel and accommodation

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How many inhabitants does Bruges have?

The population of Bruges is just over 118,000.

What language is spoken in Bruges?

Bruges is located in the Belgian region of West Flanders. West Flemish, a Dutch dialect, is spoken here. However, many Belgians speak English very well, and some speak German.

How far is it from Bruges to the sea?

Bruges is about 15 km from the North Sea port of Zeebrugge.