Where to stay in Bruges: Best areas for travelers
- Historical Center Bruges: Full of character and ambiance, this is a perfect match if you love being in the heart of the action. Select a room at the Bikers loft Groenedijk, the Bikers loft Groenedijk or the Crowne Plaza Bruges. Then, you'll be in an excellent position to discover this area's leading attractions, like Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt) and Bruges Belfry (Belfort).
- De Haan: No matter if you're stopping for just one night or having an extended stay, this neighborhood offers plenty of things to do. Unsure where to start? RIO Cinema, Statue of Einstein and Royal Ostend Golf Club are a few awesome choices. So are the Hôtel Duinhof, The Originals Relais, the Grand Hotel Belle Vue and the Canteklaar.
- Klemskerke: Home to RIO Cinema and Royal Ostend Golf Club, you're unlikely to hear your kids complain "There's nothing to do!" here. This area has some interesting family-friendly sights and is an ideal place to spend quality time together. Recommended hotels include the Appartement Twee Slaapkamers - 2 Badkamers - 6 tot 8 Personen in Vakantiepark, the NEW MODERN HOLIDAY HOUSE ONLY 300M FROM BEACH BREDENE / DE HAAN or the Hôtel Duinhof, The Originals Relais.
- Knokke-Heist: There are lots of wonderful things to do after the sun has set in this neighborhood, including paying a visit to Beverly Screens. If you want to stay out till the early hours, the Hotel Manoir du Dragon, the Hotel Prins Boudewijn and the Hotel Britannia are some options to consider in the area.
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Bruges' reputation might seem impossible to live up to, but this enchanting Belgian city will far surpass any review. Taken from the pages of a fairy tale, its nickname as the Venice of the North hints at its architectural wonders, winding canals, and cultural heritage. You could spend a lifetime in Bruges and rediscover its charm with each glowing sunset, so start planning your Bruges vacation today to maximize your time in this world treasure. Any city whose whole town center is a UNESCO world heritage site can't be missed.
Are you in the mood for Michelangelo? How about some of the finest beer Europe has to offer? Bruges offers both, and within the same hour, if you so desire. If you can manage to peel yourself away from admiring the stunning architecture that graces the streets of Bruges (the iconic Belfort can't be missed!) and make it inside the buildings, Bruges is home to world-class art museums and theaters. In particular, the Groeningemuseum is home to some of the most famous works by Flemish artists in the world. For a break from the bustle of the city, take a picnic to Minnewater, also known as the Lake of Love, and soak in the beauty of Bruges' medieval architecture with a loved one and a bottle of wine. Hint: Bruges rental cars will expedite your sightseeing and give you more freedom in your travels.
Recurring Festivals and Events
With such a long and intricate history, it's no wonder Bruges is home to several fascinating events throughout the year. The Meifoor, an annual spring festival, dates back centuries and brings the city to life just in time for spring. The mesmerizing Procession of the Holy Blood, which is traditionally held on the fortieth day of Easter, is a can't-miss for the religious and respectfully curious alike.
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