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Bruges is a fantastic, medieval city located in Northwest Belgium, about twenty miles from the beach. However, those staying at Bruges hostels will find that even in summer, it is rarely warm enough by western standards to enjoy a day at the beach. Bruges is plagued by rain just as often as London or Ireland but the wet and gloomy weather lends Bruges much of its cozy charm. The Flemish are warm and inviting and often speak nearly flawless English, in addition to their native Dutch, and most can speak or understand French.
Bruges is often dubbed "The Venice of the North," thanks to its endless number of canals and bridges. Make sure to leave your Bruges hostel and visit the Church of Our Lady, where you can see the Madonna and Child, one of the only Michaelangelo pieces taken out of Italy. You can also pay a steep price to climb Bruges' infamous Belfry tower, complete with hundreds of bells to marvel at as you ascend the three hundred and sixty-six narrow steps to the top and pray no one else is coming down at the same time! The brewery tours are very entertaining and informative and come with a free glass of cold and fresh brew at the end. Also, don't forget to try the gooey waffles and melt-in-your-mouth Belgian chocolate. Dumon chocolate is a good and cheap recommendation. These items are wonderfully delicious and a trademark of Belgium.
Luckily, there is no shortage of fun free things to do to keep you out of your Bruges hostel! Your trip to Bruges isn't complete unless you check out the Basilica of the Holy Blood at Burg square, where the famous relic of Jesus' blood is on display for two hours everyday. Get there early because the lines can get wicked. There is no cost to get in, but a small, optional donation is requested. There are also windmills located on the edge of the city center, which are nice to sit under and have a picnic. Bruges is full of gorgeous city parks which make great places for strolling and kissing in such a perfectly romantic town. But the best free thing to do in Bruges is simply to walk around and admire the breathtaking medieval architecture that has survived with a little reconstructive help. Bruges' main attraction is the charming little city itself!
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Snuffel Backpacker Hostel
"The Snuffel Hostel is a friendly and social hostel in a good location close to the main attractions. The staff are helpful and can provide advice on things to see and do, but are often very busy. The person working the bar is also the receptionist, so it can take a while to check in if the bar is busy. The Location The hostel is easy to find, and not too far from the train station. A bus is advisable though. The buses available from the...
"Hotel Lybeer is an excellent hostel in an adorable city. It's situated on a very quiet residential street about five minutes from the main sites (City Hall, Belfry, Church of the Holy Blood, etc). Once you get out of the train station, it's an easy 10 minute walk (cross the highway and follow the meandering path through the park until you can't go any farther. Then bear to the left past some cafes and in rapid succession, make two rights and...
"The hostel was centrally located and clean enough, but there was no common area unless you have money to be buying drinks in the bar. I stayed in a four-bed dorm and was fortunate enough to only share it with one other person. The problem was that they allocated the other bed to a single male traveler who returned at 4 a.m. drunk and started hassling me. NOT ideal!" … "I thought this place was OK. The bar was good fun, it was cheap,...
St Christopher's Inn - Bauhaus Hostel
"St Christopher's Inn - Bauhaus Hostel, this little party hostel, has the apparent ability to leave you with a lasting hangover. The Location Situated within the walls of the city area, the hostel is easily accessible by public transport. If you are arriving by train, you can take the 6 or 16 tram to the hostel. The stop is just around the corner from the hostel. A good number of staff at the train station speak English, so you...
Europa Hostel - Bruges
"HI - Bruges - Europa Hostel is a great hostel with great atmosphere! We really enjoyed our stay and definitely would go back! The staff are friendly. Most everyone in the whole town speaks English and are very friendly. The Location The location is good -- it's right on the main street, a five-minute walk from the beach. It's a good distance from the train station(s), but the directions the hostel gives you when you book are perfect....
"A quiet location along the Boudewijn Canal, close to the city of Bruges as well as to the Belgian coast and a variety of picturesque towns and villages." … "… Bruges property is the perfect starting point to take a stroll along the beautiful canal or jump on your bike and discover the many cycle routes. It’s also part of a rowing club and includes a fitness room with six rowing machines – rowing clubs are welcome to use the...
Hostel de Passage
"Hotel Gran Kaffee De Passage - Passage Youth is in a great location, just off the biggest shopping street in Bruges. The Location We found it so easily walking from the bus station to the center of town while using only a tiny map. The exterior of the hostel is adorable, but the signs to the reception desk are a little confusing. Passage's restaurant is separate from its hostel/hotel next door, and you have to walk through the skinny...
"'t Keizershof is really nice. The host family, which owns the hostel and lives in it, is very friendly and helpful. This hostel is very charming and the owners are delightful -- and they speak several languages, which can be a help to travelers. They accept cash only. The price is expensive if you are just one person, since you must book the entire room. However, in the winter they are flexible on paying the price for the room and not per...
"… streets, the Concert Building, dominating the impressive Zand square and the main monuments and buildings of the town are just a stone's throw away from the hotel.The owners, Reginald and Corry , offer their guests an excellent service for more than 20 years. You will get information on the sights of Brugge and events going on as well as culinary advices at the hotel reception desk.For more information you can always pop into...
Campsites & Camping Bungalows
"We have been to Camp Memling three years running and are returning again this year. The site is very welcoming and efficiently run with excellant facilities. We love it!" … "We have camped over a few years here in October and have not been disapointed. Always clean and welcoming." … ""Only at 2 km from the city centre in quiet and woody surroundings."" … Veltemweg 109
"… Aquarius is situated on the edge of medieval Bruges. We offer one en-suite twin bedroom with colour-tv, refrigirator and coffee & tea facilities. Breakfast is served in the room. Ample parking in the street (free of charge). Free use of Wi-Fi. Our guesthouse is within easy walking distance from the city centre (15 minutes to the Belfry on the market square) and all the major attractions. The impressive concerthall and the...
"… the Canals'Reien' ! The owners Daniel and his wife Laurence offers you 4 very large , charming rooms with each a different concept: Mediterranean room + African Room + Creole Room and a Suite Marine with jacuzzi. Each room has a private bathroom, WiFi internet, DVD player + TV , hairdryer and a city-map of the center of Bruges! Parking; only 2 minutes walk from the house; Pandreitje : 8.70€/24h. At the station, cheaper...
"b&b t Walleke offers you 3 guestrooms equipped with lots of love and is located located in a walking distance from the historical town centre. There is also a beautiful and spacious common living room with adjoining terrace and kitchen. An ideal accommodation to meet friends and other guests, to feel at home at Bruges while away. Flemish hospitality at an affordable price." … "… bus: Take either bus no. 4 ,14 or 43 and ask...
Het Wit Beertje
"'Het Wit Beertje'is run personally by the same owner, Mr. Jean-Pierre who will immediately supplied with the necessary information on Bruges; all our rooms have their own bathroom, toilet, shower and hairdryer as well as telephone, television and radio alarm-clock and WiFi in the room..... All our rooms have their own bathroom, toilet, shower and hairdryer as well as telephone, television and radio alarm-clock and WiFi in the room. You...
"We would enjoy welcoming you to our home, located in a quiet neighbourhood,only 15 min. walk from the old historical centre of Bruges and a perfect starting point to discover the nature surrounding and the coast . The room with view on the garden, has a double bed, shower . Breakfast with self made and Fair Trade products. Free internet in the room. Free car parking.Acces tot the highways on 250m. Busstop on 100m. Please note:...
B&B Fort Lapin
"… Lapin is a charming little castle dating from the early 20th century, which was renovated in 2007. There are 5 lovely guestrooms, each furnished in a different style, providing comfort and space to meet the guests needs. Breakfast is served in the family kitchen by the open fireplace or on the terrace. You can park your car for free and there is also a bicycle shed. Patrick and Ingrid welcome you and will assist you...
"… canal. On arrival you get a free city map with a routing how to visit our lovely city + we also give you a tourist card that allows you to get discounts to several museums and other tourist activities. We live in a very quiet and residential area. We have 2 specious guestrooms available with all the necessary comfort, like cable TV, Wi-Fi high speed internet, Towels, slippers and an umbrella - all free to use. We are very sory...
Officers House B&B
"… away only from the centre of Bruges, this small bed and breakfast, overlooking the English monastery, offers a cosy atmosphere with easy access to the main sights of the city centre. Situated in a quiet neighbourhood, the house was built in 1830 for an English officer of the royal guard. Today it houses comfortable and spacious rooms that are the ideal base for exploring the historic centre of Bruges. Breakfast buffet is...
Inn Brugas B&B
"… center of Bruges. InnBrugas B&B welcomes you in one of the 3 guest rooms (1 suite) with private bathroom, flats-screen tv, mini-bar, phone and free of charge wireless internet connection. Breakfast buffet with coffee, tea, fresh juice, crispy rolls and filling is served in a separated room. To make your accommodation perfect the InnBrugas B&B also offers summer lounge terrace with sauna. InnBruggas B&B has free...
"… but many breakfast possibilities nearby,perfect for a nice morning walk. You MUST confirm your arrival time one day before arrival if possible or the same day by email or SMS text only Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 18:00 to 21:00 . Check out before 10:45 . Payment upon arrival by cash only....
Bed & Breakfast Ter Brugge
"… at the opposite of the street. The most beautiful trail for a walk or ride begins right on our doorstep. While you are here you can engage in cycling, walking, or simply relaxing. Only 40 minutes cycling to Bruges of Ostend, or to the seaside (Ostend, Bredene, De Haan, Wenduine). In +/- 15 minutes (car) you are in Ostend and Bruges or at the coast-side. We disposed of four new arranged guestrooms (25 to 30 m2) with their...
Hotel Flats Leopold
"Very nice, little homey place - Location in the center, honest rate, nice people, great breakfast and clean rooms. Stairs are steep but you don't have to pay to climb them, at the Belfry Tower you have to. Wifi is not free, only 5 euro for your entire stay but as you receive your personal code it is very fast." … "A quaint little guest house where I stayed in the 5 bed room. Very clean and tidy, very very nice people and excellently...
""In a quiet location by a picturesque canal in the city center."" … "Hotel Europ is situated along the picturesque Augustijnenrei in a very quiet setting at walking distance of only five minutes from the Markt (town centre) and the most important touristic sights. Our multilingual staff will do their utmost best to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We advise and assist you with our documentation and local knowledge in order to...
"The 3 star Bryghia is a small, and charming, period building dating back from the 15th Century, which was originally connected with the Bruges headquarters of the Hanseatic leagues (medieval Europe's most powerful alliance). This family-owned hotel is centrally located and overlooks one of the prettiest canals in Bruges. It has a beamed breakfast room and an exquisitely furnished lounge and bar. R" … "… of the prettiest canals...
Hotel Het Gheestelic Hof
"… plus a wholesome, traditional breakfast included in the rates. Enjoy a homely central Bruges stay within walking distance of everything this beautiful Belgian city has to offer. This Bruges hotel provides a total of 11 rooms, with a choice of twin and triple options. All rooms feature en suite bathroom, heating, telephone, TV and Wi Fi internet (note: extra charge). Additional services and facilities at the hotel include laundry...
"It is perfect for a stay with the whole family, guaranteeing highly comfortable and pleasantly arranged rooms, all including bathroom with bath/shower and hair-dryer, toilet, airco, lcd flat screen televsion, telephone and internet connection. Non smoking hotel." … "… roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Koning Albert I-laan/N397 (1.0 km) 10. Turn right onto Chartreuseweg (900 m) 11. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto...
"A well-kept, comfortable, affordable and well located hotel in Bruges is not easy to find. We offer you a mix of all of this. Hotel Olympia *** is easy to find and located in a quiet neighbourhood. Those who come by car can use the free parking possibilities in the street. For those arriving by train: the station is just 800 metres away from Hotel Olympia. The hotel has 31 well-kept and comfortable rooms." … "… A10 heading...
"… a quiet and picturesque area of medieval Bruges. The ‘Markt’ and ‘Burg’ places and all other places of interest, are within walking distance. Behind the traditional gabled façade, you will discover a hotel with all modern comfort. All 24 hotel rooms have private facilities with shower/toilet, hairdryer, cable-TV, direct telephone line. The spacious breakfast room, a peaceful lounge and a cozy bar will help you to relax during your...
"… the room For a little extra you can enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet including fresh bread and buns, cold cuts, cereals, yoghurt, fruits and juices. From Hotel José it's 350 meters to the Blankenberge Park tram stop which offers easy connections to other coastal cities. The Blankenberge train station is 750 meters away on foot. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before the arrival Check in: 2.00 - 6.00...
"… hearty breakfast in our 16th century cellar. Please let us know if you need any information on tourist attractions, excursions, bicycle rental, museums, etc. In the afternoons you are invited to have a free cup of coffee or tea in our lounge. A PC is available at no extra charge and there is free Wi-Fi all over the hotel and in all the rooms. On a nice day you can enjoy our patio with its gorgeous flowers and plants. Our...
"Hotel Biskajer is a cosy family hotel in the heart of Bruges. The hotel is situated in the shadow of some magnificent mature trees at only 2 minutes walking from the Market Square. The hotel is non-smoking and has 17 comfortable rooms. The reception is open from morning till 20 o'clock. Check-in after 20 o'clock is not possible. Rooms are available from 14.30 o'clock. It is no problem to leave your luggage in the hotel during the day."...
"… has a garage for clients who don’t wish to leave their vehicle on the street (to be booked in advance). The hotel has wireless internet coverage as well as wired internet. Additionally a PC is at your disposition. Hotel Rosenburg has modern, large rooms : Superior, Canal view, Triple Rooms, Executive Suites and Family Rooms. Most have a splendid view of the Coupure canal, others with a view of the magnificent rose garden. All...
"… families, romantic couples on a short break or business clients needing an overnight stay in a comfortable modern hotel in Bruges. Sign up to the Floris Hotels newsletter to be kept up to date with the latest news and offers. The Floris Hotel in Bruges has it’s distinct character and style. Every room is different. Lifts serve each floor of the Floris Hotel Bruges. Rooms in this central Bruges hotel are spacious and comfortable,...
"… and a lift. Rental bikes are also available for exploring Bruges. All large and spacious rooms at the Ensor include tea and coffee making facilities, a coffee maker and a private bathroom. They all come with an iron. Standard inclusions to the en suite are a shower and towels. The Ensor has its own on-site restaurant, perfect for those who prefer to eat in. It offers a choice of tempting options for breakfast. Guests can also...
"… an unforgettable stay. Our annual closure period is from January 1st until the first weekend of February. 20 rooms with all comfort: Bathroom facilities, television, radio, telephone and hair dryer (also triple and family rooms). Free wifi in the downstairs communal areas and free use of a computer in our internet corner. Continental breakfast buffet included. Bar-service till 11 pm in our 17th century cellar with video and...
Europ Hotel Brugge
"… The hotel bar is serving rich variety of local & international drinks. Private parking is available on request. Multilingual staff 1.Standard Twin Room This room includes a desk and TV. The bathroom features a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. Room Facilities: Desk, Heating, Carpeted, Shower, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, TV, Telephone, Cable Channels, Wake Up Service/Alarm Clock Room Size: 15 m² 2.Standard...
"… and curiosities can be get for free at the reception. All of the rooms at Cavalier have cable TV and a work desk. Guests can enjoy a Flemish buffet breakfast every morning in the breakfast room which features rustic décor with a Grecian influence. The hotel provides a discount card for local attractions, museum and bicycle rental. A packed lunch service is available for guests who wish to explore the local area. There is also...
Hotel Gasthof Groenhove
"… old house, which has a beautiful staircase leading to the first floor, from where a staircase leads to the top floor where there are two very large rooms, perfect for families. The gardens are quite extensive with water features, and give the hotel the air of being in the country. Bicycles are available to hire from the hotel (free of charge for our guests). A cot can be provided in the rooms free of charge for infants less than 1...
Bruges Travel Tips & Suggestions
Bruges can get uncomfortably crowded during midsummer, so if like me, you want to make some good photos and avoid the tour groups, get up at 6 or 7 in the morning, and the city is almost yours until the tour buses arrive at 10. You can then hire a bike tour the surrounding canal paths and visit the beautiful little town of Damme.
Great place. We would love to go back there. We definitely recommend the canal tour -- sit up the front of the boat as it adds to the experience going under the low bridges. The food is also great -- many a quality bakery and some great little pubs too.
Bruges is a surprising little place.
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