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One of Belgium’s and if not Europe’s most beautiful cities, Bruges is a must-see for visitors to Europe. The Venice of the North, as it is known, is a well-preserved city where the entire historic center has been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The attractions of this magical place include a wide range of museums, churches, historical buildings and canals and streets that can be explored by boat, foot or horse. Bruges also hosts many special events yearly, which are extra special times to visit the city. Explore the city’s attractions below.

Featured Bruges Tourist Attractions

Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival

It is a Bruges tradition to present Sand Sculptures in the summer and Ice Sculptures in the winter. Every year there are suitable topics that fascinate young and old and brings an unprecedented aspect of Bruges under the loop. Click for more
Christmas and New Year in Bruges

Christmas time in Bruges. On the Bruges market square an ice-rink will be built. Lots of little shops where you can buy anything from Christmas stuff to clothing as well as any type of food, snacks and drinks. Very tasty ghluwein (Herbal wine, specially made to drink warm) will be served-our favorite!

Madonna with Child - Michelangelo

In 1501 Francesco Picollomini, the later Pope Pius III, gave Michelangelo the task to sculpture 15 statues in Carrara marble, meant for the altar of the Dom of Sienna and in memory of his predecessor Pope Pius II. As usual Michelangelo quarreled with his constituent after finishing only one of the statues and the task fell through. In 1504 the Bruges' merchant Jan Van Moeskroen bought the concerning statue 'Madonna with Child' in Florence. Click here for more information.

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Bruges Tripple Days 2013

The concept of the 3 day festival is generally a well know festival in Bruges. 3 days of popular amusement in the centre of Bruges where young and old can enjoy. To finish up the festival you can enjoy, sing and dance with everyone on the market square. Booklets will be given away that day in Bruges centre.

Bruges Cactus Festival

On 12, 13 and 14 July we have another splendid edition of the Cactus Festival that will take place at the minnewaterpark of Bruges. In the previous years it proved to be an amazing mix of music and culture for everyone. Cactus Festival stands for... 

Boat Excusions from Bruges to Damme and Back

Damme is only half an hour away from Bruges by the paddle steamer "Lamme Goedzak". You will discover a wonderful flat landscape. Once you arrive in Damme, you will find a charming small city with numerous delightful restaurants, surrounded by medieval buildings such as the Town hall, the windmill, the Church of Our Lady and the St. John's hospital.  It is impossible to imagine a visit to the historic and picturesque cities of Bruges and Damme without a passage on the Lamme Goedzak Paddler. 170 places – Bar on Board - One way: 35 minutes.

Klinkers 2013

A Cultural Summer Happening

From 26 July until 10 August, the urban festival "Klinkers" offers you mostly free summer happening with a wide variety of contemporary cosmopolitan music. The historical city centre of Bruges will be like every year the setting for this popular widely apreciated festival.

Pageant of the Golden Tree 2012

Since 1958 this pageant is colouring the streets of bruges, every five years in commemoration of the festivities in 1468 on the occasion of the wedding of Charles The Bold, Count of Flanders and Duke of Burgundy with the English Princess Margareth of York. It was the last glorious event before the inevitable downfall of ...

Choco-Laté, The Bruges Chocolate Festival 2011

A City, immersed in chocolate. Cocoa has appealed to the imagination for more than 2,500 years already. The Mayas and later the Aztecs used to make a nectar from cocoa beans which they spiced with peppers. During their conquests in Latin America the Spanish conquistadors came up with the idea to add cane sugar to this drink which made the Aztec ‘tchocolatl’ more palatable for the Europeans. Most Belgian historic chocolate brands only date back as far as the late 19th century. However, since that time it's impossible… Click here for more information.

The Procession of the Holy Blood

According to legend, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, took some of Christ’s blood and preserved it while washing His body after the descent from the cross. In 1203, during the 4th crusade,...

The Sand Sculptures, Blankenberge

A team of artists from the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium came together in Blankenberge to create a piece of art, that also can be considered as a technical masterpiece. Like every year there are a few fortunate people that can enjoy this event free of charge thanks to If you weren’t one of the happy ones, no worries, this year you can be the one. launches a contest about the event. The organizer of this festival also organizes the snow- and ice sculpture festival. The same concept, different materials. 

Historium Brugge

The inauguration of ‘Historium Bruges’ on the Market Square is an unsurpassed success. Through seven scenes visitors are introduced into a virtual but surprisingly vivid reality. They discover Bruges at the highlight of its glamourous past. In 1435 the city was the cultural centre of Europe, attrackting most art and science of that century.The atmosphere was cosmopolitan, ...

Bruges Ballooning

Bruges Ballooning offers, in exclusive co-operation with the city of Bruges, Hot Air Balloon flights over the centre of Bruges. Daily departures at sunrise, and 2 hours before sunset. A 1-hour balloon trip takes you over the city of Bruges and it's wonderful surrounding castles and fields. Champagne, hotel pick-up and return are included. No standard tour! Every day is different.

Festival on the Canals – Bruges

An Magical spectacle along the romantic canals of Bruges. A unique nightly event along canals and in the squares of historical Bruges with dance, music, historical evocations, portrait the history of Bruges.
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