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To and from the Airports near Bruges

There are 3 international airports in Belgium: Zaventem Airport-Brussels, Deurne Airport-Antwerp and Ostend Airport-Ostend. Zaventem Airport is 90km south east (about 1 hr and 30 mins from Bruges by train), Deurne Airport-Antwerp is 85km east of Bruges and Ostend Airport-Ostend is about 30km to the west

If you prefer to rent a car, there are many car rental companies at the airport. Make sure you get a road map as Belgian roads can be tricky at times.

Train to Bruges

The Belgian Railways (NMBS) will bring you from Bruges to Brussels in less then 1 hr, from Bruges to Antwerp in 1 hr and 20 mins, from Bruges to Ghent in 30 min., from Bruges to Ostend in 15 mins. The Thalys links Brussels and Amsterdam in 2 hrs and 35 min. Trains depart and arrive at the south station (Gare du Midi) in Brussels. For more information see thalys.com. The Eurostar links London and Brussels, with the trip taking 1 hrs and 51 mins.

10 things to do in Bruges (see locations on a map)

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"The name Bruges/Brugge stems from the Old Norse Bryggja, meaning 'port' or 'dock'"

More on Bruges

Bruges Belfry - by JL2003 Bruges has most of its medieval architecture intact. The historic centre of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. There are many worth-seeing medieval buildings, including the Church of Our Lady, whose brick spire - at 122m - makes it one of the world's highest brick towers/buildings. The sculpture Madonna and Child, which can be seen in the transept, is believed to be Michelangelo's only sculpture to have left Italy within his lifetime.

Bruges is also famous for its 13th-century Belfry, housing a municipal Carillon comprising 47 bells. The city still employs a full-time bell ringer, Aimé Lombaért, who puts on regular free concerts.

Belgian chocolates

Bruges` very own chocolate museum, with live chocolate-making sessions and chock-a-block with the history of the cocoa bean. Who can resist?

A visit to Belgium just wouldn`t be right without finding out all there is to know about the famous Belgian `pralines` and the history of chocolate as we know it today.

Bruges nightlife

Bruges makes no attempt to be a wild nightspot (for big clubs and the bright lights it is better to make the short trip to Ostend) but there is a very good variety of bars, and a choice of livelier music and dancing venues mainly centred on 't Zand. Most of the 'action' takes place in the streets in and immediately around the old centre of the city - arounbd almost every corner, it seems, there is an inviting bar tempting the casual stroller to indulge in some of the many excellent Belgian beers.


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?In Bruges? in Bruges - First Things
31 Jul 2015 at 6:04am

?In Bruges? in Bruges
First Things
Bruges was a monastic city but not (before modern tourism) a pilgrimage city, politically significant for a time because of its wealth and artistic culture, but never an imperial capital or a major ecclesiastical center. Bruges is rather the long-term ...


Panathinaikos shakes off red card to beat Bruges 2-1 - Kathimerini
28 Jul 2015 at 2:04pm

Panathinaikos shakes off red card to beat Bruges 2-1
Kathimerini
Ten-man Panathinaikos turned bad luck into a rather good result as it beat visiting Club Bruges 2-1 in the first leg of the Champions League third qualifying round on Tuesday. The Greens braved the loss of a penalty kick and the red card to one of its ...



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