Your travel guide for Bruges

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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.

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.

Guide to Bruges

Jerusalem Church

Jerusalem Church
Jeruzalemkerk. The Jerusalem Church is a late Gothic chapel in the north-eastern city centre of Bruges. Its landmark is its oriental-looking tower.

Town Hall

Town Hall
The City Hall of Bruges. The Stadhuis is part of the Bruggemuseum museum complex, but is also still the active administrative seat of the Bruges city government. Connoisseurs describe the old town hall not only as one of the oldest, but above all as one of the most beautiful town halls in Flanders, which is ...

Bruges belfry

Bruges belfry
Landmark and the highest building in the city. On the edge of the Grote Markt, the central market square of Bruges, the 83-meter-high Belfort (German: Belfry) is not only a beautiful eye-catcher. For an entrance fee of eight euros, you can take advantage of its height and optimal location in the middle of the city for a breathtaking ...

Provincial Court

Provincial Court
The former port administration is now a haven for the arts

Travel and accommodation

Häufige Fragen (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.