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Bruges at a Glance

Bruges's idyllic canals, soaring historic churches, stair-stepped roofs and iconic belfry make it a destination for architecture and history buffs.

Bruges can be beautiful at night when flood-lighting illuminates the medieval town with ghostly light. Shadows of the surrounding buildings twinkle in the canals and the sound of laughter from nearby cafes fills the night. In springtime, Bruges fills up with tulips and gentle spring rains. Enjoy the contrast of the vibrant flowers against the stone of the old town.

To get to the heart of Bruges, explore the historic Markt. Buy fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, chocolate, tourist items and flowers depending on the day of the week. Head to a side street for a less crowded stop at a cafe and then climb to the top of the belfort. Bells are still played manually here and are on a schedule. The view from the top of the tower will give you even more reasons to explore Bruges.

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Ostend-Bruges International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Belgium if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can research travel requirements in Belgium by using the  U.S State Department's website.

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      Severe Weather Bruges can be rainy and cool at all times of year, but especially in the winter. Snow is rare, but be prepared with an umbrella, raincoat and warm sweater.

      Safety Concerns Be wary of pickpockets in Bruges's more touristy areas. Keep your valuables close and out of sight. Consider leaving your passport in your hotel's safe.

      Health Concerns Bruges is a healthy city and has good drinking water.