Bruges Flights:

Flights to Bruges

image of BrugesThe beautiful and historical city of Bruges is one of Belgium’s most popular tourist destinations, and is especially great for a short break. Bruges is the capital and largest city of the West Flanders province and is located in the north west of Belgium.

The closest airport for flights to Bruges is the Ostend-Bruges International Airport (airport code: OST) but there is limited service there. Instead, the Brussels Airport (code: BRU) is the better option for flights to Bruges. It’s about an hour away by car or rail. From South Africa a flight with Turkish Airlines will stop once in Istanbul, and South African Airways connects in London. You can also fly with Lufthansa, and have a lay-over in Munich instead.

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The Tourist Attractions of Bruges:

Often known as the Venice of the North, Bruges may not have quite as many canals as Venice, but it’s a beautiful city in many other ways. Reminiscent of Amsterdam because of the historic buildings and canals running through, Bruges’ historic centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. It’s the centre’s medieval architecture that makes this such a popular destination, and the fairly compact city centre can be easily explored by foot or on one of the city’s many bicycles.

Church of Our Lady

One of the most notable of these buildings is the Church of Our Lady. The construction dates mainly from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries and its tower is still the tallest building in Bruges. As well as being the tallest structure in Bruges, the tower is the second tallest tower built of brick in the world.

Market Square

Bruges’ Market Square, or Markt, is the best known part of the old city and it’s framed by impressive historical buildings. Of these there’s the Belfry of Bruges, another tall building and top tourist attraction. The tall tower may not stand as tall as the Church of Our Lady but the Belfry is open to the public so if you can stand climbing the narrow steps to the top you’re in for a wonderful view over the old city of Bruges. Be aware that this is usually closed n Mondays though. The Provincial Court is also an impressive building and it was rebuilt following a fire in 1887.

The Market Square of Bruges is a great meeting place and there often events going on in the square, which is now completely pedestrianised. You can enjoy a coffee and food in one of several cafés that line the square.

Another square worth visiting in Bruges is the Burg Square and it’s home to the Town Hall.

Boat Tours

Anyone who’s already been to Bruges will thoroughly recommend a boat tour on the canals. Bruges has many beautiful and very photographic bridges that you can see best from the water, and you’ll get to see some parts of the city that you might not otherwise get to see. Some of the canals the tours usually go down are not accessible by street, so you really will get to see more of Bruges this way.

When Should You Visit?:

Bruges isn’t known for having the best weather, with temperatures usually a little cooler than other cities at this latitude. It’s also known for being a little damp here so make sure you pack an umbrella or raincoat whatever time of year you’re visiting. Summers are best for the warmest weather, reaching average highs of around 21C in July. Anytime from October it gets cooler.

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