Bruges has always been one of the most visited cities in Belgium, but the movie In Bruges most certainly gave it a boost.
“In Bruges” is a black crime/comedy movie set in Bruges. It was directed by Martin McDonagh and the main actors are Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.
It wasn't such a big hit in the theaters, but it has acquired a cult status since its release and has become the best known of movies shot in Bruges (not that there are that many).
A lot of the In Bruges film locations are freely accessible places and most of them were already popular before the movie was shot there.
As I'd already been to Bruges a couple of times, I thought it would be cool to make this a thematic trip and go in search of as many In Bruges filming locations as I could find. I didn't expect the hunt to be hard, as I had a handy map from the tourism office of Bruges which marks all the In Bruges film locations. Indeed, it wasn't hard to find the In Bruges movie locations, but photographing them was a challenge!
It poured for two entire days. I ran around with my camera tucked under my rain jacket as if I had something to hide and swiftly took it out each time I arrived at a spot where one of the In Bruges scenes were shot – and shot that spot. It would have been logical to follow the storyline when creating this list of In Bruges locations, so of course, I didn't do that. Instead, I listed the locations in an order that's logical to walk them in if you're coming from the train station so you can follow this post as an In Bruges tour when you visit the city. This way, I could also avoid giving away too much for those of you who haven't seen the movie yet, but I can't promise there aren't any spoilers!
Spoiler alert notification: If you haven't seen the film In Bruges yet, this post does give away a few things!
Listed below are the In Bruges filming locations.
- Minnewater Bridge. The Lake of Love bridge where gangster boss Harry arrives in Bruges near the film's end. The scenic bridge and surrounding park are considered one of Bruges' most romantic spots.
- Gruuthuse Museum, Arentshof and Church of Our Lady. Near the film's end, Ray stumbles wounded through the courtyard of this museum dedicated to medieval Bruges life.
- Groeningemuseum. Ray and Ken visit this art museum, where Ray appreciates Hieronymus Bosch's dark “Last Judgment” painting featuring demons.
- Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Hotel. The In Bruges hotel where Ray and Ken awkwardly share a room. Ray later jumps from its flower-adorned upper terrace.
- Rozenhoedkaai. Scenic canal where reluctant Ray is taken on a boat tour by Ken. One of Bruges' most photographed spots.
- Koningin Astridpark. Ray contemplates his life on a bench near the pond in this lush public park, where Ken later finds him.
- Huidenvettersplein. Lively square where Ray sprints through while being chased by Harry near the end.
- Vismarkt. Old fish market that Ray frantically runs through while trying to flee from vengeful Harry.
- Jerusalem Church. Stood in for the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Site of the church scene between Ken and Ray.
- Jan Van Eyckplein. Ray and Ken have philosophical discussions about their work while sitting on a bench in this square, named for the renowned painter.
- ‘t Zwart Huis. Lively bistro where Ray and Ken enjoy their first Belgian beers together during a bar scene.
- Restaurant Cafedraal. Ray takes Chloe on an awkward date to this upscale restaurant, where he erupts into violence against some rude diners.
- Meestraat Bridge, Steenhouwersdrijk, Groenerei and Peerdenstraat. Ray and Chloe reconcile while standing against the stone railing of this quaint bridge overlooking a calm canal.
- The Bruges Market Square, the Belfry and the Breidelstraat. Ken climbs the tower's narrow steps for the view, but anxious Ray waits below in the bustling Markt square. Their violent confrontation was actually filmed on a replica.
- Basilica of the Holy Blood. Exterior glimpsed near the end of the movie as Ray sprints past. Famous site where relic supposedly containing Jesus' blood is held.
- 1. Minnewater Bridge
- 2. Gruuthuse Museum, Arentshof and Church of Our Lady
- 3. Groeningemuseum
- 4. Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Hotel
- 5. Rozenhoedkaai
- 6. Koningin Astridpark
- 7. Huidenvettersplein
- 8. Vismarkt
- 9. Jerusalem Church
- 10. Jan Van Eyckplein
- 11. ‘t Zwart Huis
- 12. Restaurant Cafedraal
- 13. Meestraat Bridge, Steenhouwersdrijk, Groenerei and Peerdenstraat
- 14. The Bruges Market Square, the Belfry and the Breidelstraat
- 15. Basilica of the Holy Blood
- What is “In Bruges” film about?
- Where was the “In Bruges” tower scene shot?
- In which city was “In Bruges” film shot?
- Where to stay in Bruges?
- What are the transportation options to get to Bruges, Belgium?
- What are the best things to do in Bruges?
1. Minnewater Bridge
Minnewater Bridge is a brick arch bridge located in Bruges, Belgium. It crosses Lake Minnewater, also known as the Lake of Love, in the south of Bruges. Yes, it is recommended to visit Minnewater Bridge. The bridge offers beautiful views of the surrounding park and canal and is considered one of the most romantic spots in Bruges. Legend has it that if you walk across the bridge with your beloved and share a kiss, your love will last forever.
The current Minnewater Bridge dates from 1740, although there was a wooden bridge on the site since 1311. The bridge was part of Bruges' port infrastructure when Lake Minnewater still connected to the North Sea. Now the lake is a peaceful park, home to swans and popular with visitors seeking serenity. Photographers flock to capture iconic shots of the bridge's arch mirrored in the still water. Romantic souls cross over hand-in-hand. Minnewater Bridge merits a spot on any Bruges itinerary for the charming scenery and folklore.
Let's start near the end of the movie. The bridge at the Bruges Minnewater or “Lake of Love” is where you see Harry, Ken and Ray's boss, arrive in the city to take matters into his own hands.
The Lake of Love got its name because of a local legend that goes back to the time that the Romans fixed their gaze on Gaul. Minna was meant to be wed to a man of her father's choice, but she loved Stromberg, a warrior from another tribe with blonde hair and bright blue eyes. When Stromberg left to fight the Romans in the hilly countryside and Minna couldn't hold off the wedding any longer, she fled into the woods near the lake.
When Stromberg returned from battle weary and wounded, he went to look for her, but Minna was exhausted and weakened. She died in his strong, muscular arms. To honor her memory, Stromberg built a dam of wood and stone in a small lake and buried Minna in the dry part, after which he let the water flow again, creating the Minnewater Lake. It is said that if you cross the Minnewater Bridge made of red brick with your loved one on a sunny spring day, you two will love each other forever.
2. Gruuthuse Museum, Arentshof and Church of Our Lady
The Gruuthuse Museum is a historic house museum located in Bruges, Belgium. It is situated along the Dijver canal, close to several other top attractions like the Church of Our Lady and Burg Square. The museum is housed in the medieval Gruuthuse Palace, the former home of Louis de Gruuthuse who was a nobleman and statesman in 15th-century Bruges. Yes, it is recommended to visit the Gruuthuse Museum if you are interested in history, art and medieval architecture. The palace has been turned into a museum that shows how the wealthy lived in Bruges during the city's heyday. Some highlights of the museum's collection include the Throne Room with its impressive carved chimney, the Chamber of Commerce with Gothic wall hangings and the chapel with religious art. There is also a display of lace, jewelry, manuscripts and everyday items used by the aristocracy. Visitors can take a guided tour to learn more details about the luxurious residence and its occupants. With the Gruuthuse Museum, you can step back in time and get a glimpse of medieval life among Bruges's elite.
Arentshof is a small park located right next to the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Belgium. It is situated behind the Arentshuis, which is an 18th-century patrician house that now functions as an art museum. Arentshof provides a nice spot for museum visitors to take a break and enjoy the fresh air, as well as take in views of the nearby Church of Our Lady. The park's humpbacked pedestrian bridge, St-Bonifaciusbrug, crosses the canal and offers picturesque views of the waterway. Arentshof is a peaceful oasis in the heart of historic Bruges that's worth a quick visit, especially when exploring the neighborhood's museums.
In “In Bruges” film, Gruuthuse Museum is featured. It's the end of the film In Bruges where Ray lies wounded on the cobblestone ground. He looks up at the towering spire of the Church of Our Lady and the ornate Gothic architecture of the Gruuthusemuseum. Right before he got there, he walked through a film set at the inner courtyard of the Gruuthusemuseum, the Arentshof, his footsteps echoing off the walls.
The Gruuthusemuseum is dedicated to everyday life in medieval Bruges from the 15th to the 19th century. It displays artifacts like Flemish tapestries, paintings and lace in a historic palace setting. It's currently under renovation, so best to keep an eye on the Gruuthuse Museum's website to know when it will open again.
The Church our Our Lady dates back to the 13th century and holds a revered sculpture of Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, but there are plenty of other classical and religious artworks to admire as well, like the Baroque pulpit carved from oak.
In the cobbled Arentshof courtyard you can find The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a foreboding artwork by Rik Poot showing figures riding massive horses.
The Groeningemuseum is an art museum in Bruges, Belgium. Located in the historic center of Bruges, the Groeningemuseum houses a notable collection of Flemish and Belgian paintings dating from the 15th to 20th centuries. Yes, the Groeningemuseum is highly recommended to visit. The museum provides an excellent overview of Belgian art history and is home to masterpieces by renowned Flemish Primitive painters like Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling. Some of the museum's highlights include The Madonna with Canon van der Paele by Jan van Eyck, the triptych of the Adoration of the Magi by Hugo van der Goes and The Last Judgement by Hieronymus Bosch. Groeningemuseum focuses on the Flemish Primitives and subsequent artistic developments in Belgium over the centuries. It offers visitors a comprehensive look at the evolution of Belgian visual arts. Given its outstanding holdings and convenient location in central Bruges, the Groeningemuseum is a must-see for travelers interested in Belgian art and culture.
Groeningemuseum is featured in “In Bruges” film. In return for a fun night of drinking at the pub, Ray lets Ken choose what cultural activities to do for a day. Ken wants to take in the fine artwork and history in Bruges so one of the places they go is the Groeninge Museum. Ray thinks most of the medieval portraits and gloomy paintings of suffering are rubbish, but he does like Hieronymus Bosch‘s “The Last Judgement” showing demons and tortured souls.
The Groeninge Museum offers an overview of the history of renowned Belgian painters, with a large focus on the renowned Flemish Primitives. Check the Groeningemuseum website for up to date ticket prices and opening times before heading over.
4. Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Hotel
The luxurious 4-star Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce is the famous In Bruges movie hotel where Ray and Ken are forced to awkwardly share a small room together. The hotel is located by a postcard-perfect corner of Rozenhoedkaai, a corner that could well be the most photographed and painted place in Bruges. My dad even dedicated an entire photography session to capturing it at different times of day!
In the film's dramatic finale (spoiler alert!) Ray jumps from the flower-adorned upper terrace of this hotel into one of the canal boats drifting slowly below. Not all the tight, cramped hotel scenes were shot at the actual hotel, though. Some were shot on a budget set that looked far less spacious and grand than the real hotel does.
The Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce is a stylish, romantic hotel decorated with works by famous artists such as Matisse and Klimt. It often counts celebrities among its affluent guests and has won several hospitality awards. Click here to check guest reviews, prices and availability.
The “In Bruges hotel”, within the movie is in reality the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce. It is located in Wollestraat 41/47, 8000 Brugge, Belgium.
Rozenhoedkaai is a picturesque canal located along the Dijver in the historic city of Bruges, Belgium. It is one of the most photographed spots in Bruges, known for its charming views of medieval architecture reflected in the canal. The scenic canal provides one of the most iconic and romantic views of Bruges. Visitors suggest the best times to come are early morning or evening when it is less crowded. Rozenhoedkaai is located in the city center, a short walk from landmarks like the Belfry.
Rozenhoedkaai is the background of the scene in “In Bruges” film when Ken actually takes a grumpy Ray on a leisurely canal boat tour.
There are various companies like Rederji De Graeve and Rederji Lovendegem offering these tours and they all depart from different spots along the scenic canals.
Listed below are the places where you can embark on your own cruise in Rozenhoedkaai:
- Huidenvettersplein 13
- Wollestraat 32
- Nieuwstraat 11
- Katelijnestraat 4
The canal tours in Bruges are very popular with camera-toting tourists. Even with the chilly weather and scattered rain showers during the days I was there, people were going on the tours, sitting under their umbrellas as the boats gently glide through the city.
The postcard-perfect Rozenhoedkaai, one of the main In Bruges filming locations.
6. Koningin Astridpark
Also known locally as the “botanieken hof” or the “botanical garden”, the Koningin Astridpark is the quiet spot where Ray goes to contemplate his life and future during the pivotal In Bruges park scene. Ken later follows him there and finds him sitting on a wooden bench near the small man-made pond.
The Queen Astrid Park was a peaceful cloister garden until the French dissolved all religious communities in 1796. It then became a private property until the city of Bruges bought it in 1850 and turned it into a public park.
Astridpark is a public park located in Bruges, Belgium. It was originally a monastery garden in the Middle Ages before becoming a city park in the 19th century. Koningin Astridpark covers about 2.5 hectares and features lush greenery, mature trees, winding paths and a central pond. Architectural highlights include a colorful gazebo and the 19th century Church of Saint Magdalene located on the southern end of the park. Koningin Astridpark was named after Queen Astrid of Belgium following her death in 1935.
I'm surprised you don't really see it, but it was pouring rain when I took this photo. I was completely drenched, half hiding under a tree for cover and quickly snapped two shots hoping one of them would be usable.
Huidenvettersplein is a small picturesque square located in the heart of Bruges, Belgium. Huidenvettersplein is situated not far from major landmarks like the Burg Square and Market Square. In the 14th century, Huidenvettersplein was occupied by leather tanners and served as their meeting place and guild house. Today, tourists will find the square lined with restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating. In the center of Huidenvettersplein stands a monument – a column topped by a weathered sculpture of two lions holding a shield. Visitors to the square can admire the medieval ambiance and architecture. Huidenvettersplein provides a contrast from the busier main squares. Travelers recommend visiting this small square to sit at a cafe, people watch and take in the classic scenery of Bruges. The square offers a more intimate experience and pleasant atmosphere in a less crowded setting. Huidenvettersplein is considered a must-see when exploring beyond the most popular tourist sites in Bruges historic center.
At the end of the movie, Ray frantically chases Harry through the winding alleys from the Markt (the bustling market square) to the Vismarkt (the old fish market), the Huidenvettersplein and some other spots around the city.
The Huidenvettersplein is the spot where the leather tanners used to work near the canal. Now, it's a lively touristy square lined with restaurants and cafes under Medieval architecture.
One of the places Ray sprints through under the cover of darkness while being chased by a vengeful Harry.
From Wednesday to Saturday you'll find vendors selling piles of fresh fish and seafood under the stone colonnade at the fish market. But there are also local craftspeople and artists selling handmade jewelry, paintings, embroidered scarves and other creative items in their stalls. The colonnade facing the canal was specifically built for the fish market centuries ago when it had to move from the main market square after the people complained about the overpowering stench.
9. Jerusalem Church
There's no actual mention of the Jerusalem Church by name in the movie. The small church Ken and Ray visit on their “cultural day out” is supposed to be the Basilica of the Holy Blood. However, the crew couldn't film inside the crowded Basilica so the In Bruges church scene was instead shot inside the more intimate Jerusalem Church chapel. This church dates back to the early 15th century with its Gothic design.
10. Jan Van Eyckplein
Jan Van Eyckplein square is located in the center of Ghent, Belgium. Yes, visiting Jan Van Eyckplein square is recommended as it is a lively public square with many attractions. The square gets its name from the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck who lived in Ghent in the 15th century. Jan Van Eyckplein square is home to the Saint Bavo Cathedral which houses The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a famous altarpiece painted by Van Eyck. The square also contains the Belfry of Ghent, a 14th century bell tower with a dragon weathervane on top. In addition, the City Hall borders Jan Van Eyckplein square. The square often hosts markets, festivals and concerts. Jan Van Eyckplein square offers visitors to Ghent beautiful architecture, historic sites and a taste of local culture, making it a recommended destination.
Jan Van Eyckplein square is where you see Ray and Ken sitting on a bench having deep discussions about their dangerous career as hitmen in the thought-provoking In Bruges film.
The square is named after the renowned painter Jan Van Eyck, whose bronze statue was first placed there, then later moved to the Burg and finally returned to its original home. When the statue was placed back, several classic Dutch-style houses on the square were also restored for historical accuracy.
11. ‘t Zwart Huis
‘t Zwart Huis or “The Black House” is the lively bistro with brick walls where Ray and Ken taste their first frothy Belgian beer together during the In Bruges bar scene. It's an actual Old World bistro where you can enjoy live jazz and blues performances while sitting at the dark wood tables. Read the reviews on TripAdvisor.
12. Restaurant Cafedraal
Ray is nervously on a dinner date here with the blonde-haired Chloe, a local drug dealer, at this upscale restaurant. All seems to go well while they eat the exquisite French-Belgian dishes, but when Chloe leaves briefly to use the ladies' room, Ray's temper explodes and he knocks out a rude Canadian couple sitting nearby. Restaurant Cafedraal is where the tense In Bruges dinner scene was shot. It's a refined place near the canal that uses fresh regional ingredients to create Michelin-starworthy cuisine. Read the reviews of Cafedraal in Tripadvisor.
13. Meestraat Bridge, Steenhouwersdrijk, Groenerei and Peerdenstraat
You can imagine the romantic mood was a bit broken after Ray's violent outburst, but later that night he and Chloe reconcile while standing against the stone railing of the quaint Meestraat Bridge in Bruges overlooking the calm canal between the Steenhouwersdrijk and the Groenerei.
Much later in the nail-biting climax of the movie, Ray sprints desperately along the historic Peerdenstraat and across the idyllic Groenerei canal again when he's being furiously chased on foot by Harry through the dimly-lit back alleys.
14. The Bruges Market Square, the Belfry and the Breidelstraat
In the intense In Bruges tower scene, Ken climbs all 366 claustrophobic spiraling stone steps to the top of the Belfry while an anxious Ray waits for him down below in the bustling Markt. The Belfry looming over the center of Bruges is not only a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site but it's also part of the group of Belgian belfries similarly declared as culturally important. With its creeping lean and visible wooden beams, it's the most recognized historical tower in Bruges.
Ken makes the exhausting vertical climb up the Belfry again at the end of the movie during the heart-pounding shooting scene with Harry, after having talked to him at an outdoor table at the De Beurze cafe on the other side of the market square. This violent scene was actually filmed on a closed movie set replica of the tower interior since there was not enough space at the dizzying top of the actual belfry to safely film the struggle.
15. Basilica of the Holy Blood
At the dark Romanesque Basilica of the Holy Blood, Ken wants to see the ornate reliquary that supposedly contains cloth stained with Jesus Christ's blood. As mentioned, the quiet scene inside showing them viewing the relic is actually shot inside the smaller Jerusalem Church chapel, but we do glimpse the exterior of the Basilica again near the climax when Ray is being chased by Harry around the Burg square.
The Basilica of the Holy Blood with its double-spired chapel and the towering Church of Our Lady mentioned before are the two most famous Christian places of worship in Bruges.
Find below a map of the “in Bruges” filming locations.
There are more streets and spots that show up in the In Bruges movie, like the Wijngaardplein and the train station, but not all of them are marked on the map.
What is “In Bruges” film about?
“In Bruges” movie follows two Irish hitmen, Ray and Ken, who are sent to lay low in the medieval Belgian city of Bruges after a job gone wrong in London. While Ken appreciates the history and beauty of Bruges, Ray hates being stuck there. They have colorful encounters with locals like Chloe, a drug dealer Ray falls for and Jimmy, an racist American dwarf actor. Eventually their boss Harry orders Ken to kill Ray as punishment. This leads to a climactic confrontation between the three men amongst the dreamlike canals and cobbled streets of Bruges, culminating in surprising twists of fate.
Where was the “In Bruges” tower scene shot?
The In Bruges tower scene was not shot at the actual Belfry tower in Bruges, Belgium. Instead, it was filmed on a closed movie set replica of the tower interior. This is because there was insufficient space at the real narrow top of the Belfry tower to safely film the violent struggle that takes place in the scene. In the scene, Ken and Harry climb to the top of the tower. Ken refuses to fight back against Harry, who cannot bring himself to shoot Ken. Harry punishes Ken by shooting him in the leg. The scene highlights the moral dilemmas the characters face.
Was the scene important to the overall plot?
Yes, the In Bruges tower scene was important to the overall plot. It sets off the climactic chain of events in the final act of the movie.
Ken's decision at the top of the tower not to kill Ray as ordered has major consequences. It leads to his deadly confrontation with Harry. Ken's death then sets Ray on the run from Harry, leading to the final chase and shootout sequences. So the tower scene directly impacts the film's resolution.
In which city was “In Bruges” film shot?
In Bruges was filmed in the city of Bruges, Belgium. Bruges is a city in Belgium known for its historical charm and picturesque canals. It is a popular tourist destination with its well-preserved medieval architecture and cobblestone streets. The city offers a variety of attractions, including museums, churches and charming squares. Bruges is also famous for its delicious Belgian chocolates and beers.
Is In Bruges movie good?
The reviews praise In Bruges movie as an offbeat, engaging dark comedy/thriller with strong writing, acting and setting that blends genres effectively. Some criticize the violence and ending but most reviewers recommend the film overall. The film is written and directed by Martin McDonagh in his feature directorial debut. stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen hiding out in the Belgian city of Bruges after a botched job. The reviews generally praise the witty, quotable dialogue and strong performances, especially from Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Their chemistry and back-and-forth banter is frequently highlighted. Many reviews compliment the beautiful cinematography and use of the medieval city of Bruges as almost another character in the film. The gorgeous scenery contrasts with the darker plot. Critics note the movie balances dark comedy and tragedy well, keeping an emotional undertone beneath the humor and violence. The moral dilemmas of the hitmen are called thought-provoking.
What movies are shot in Bruges city?
Other than “In Bruges” film, there are 6 more popular movies shot in Bruges. These are Annette (2021), D'Ardennen (2015), Love, Romance & Chocolate (2019), Love Blossoms (2017) and A Dog of Flanders (1999).
Where to stay in Bruges?
Listed below are the best hotels to stay in Bruges.
- Ibis Brugge Centrum. ibis Brugge Centrum is the a budget option. If you don't want to rush it and take the time to visit some museums and go chocolate shopping and beer tasting as well, I recommend spending at least one night in the city. I definitely was glad I had my room at the Ibis Brugge Centrum! I was soaked after the first two hours of walking around in the rain and warmed up in my room for a while before heading out again.
The Ibis Brugge Centrum is located in the historical center of Bruges, just a 15-minute walk from the train station. It's a rather basic hotel, but that can be expected as it's one of the most budget-friendly hotels in the city. Prices start at around €84 for a night.
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- Braamberg B&B Braamberg B&B is a boutique hotel option to stay in Bruges. It is located in the historic center of Bruges, walking distance from all main sights. Each room has a seating area and a flatscreen tv. An exceptional breakfast is included in the room price and WiFi is complimentary as well. Host Kim is praised for her friendliness and helpfulness.
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- Hotel Dukes' Palace Brugge. Hotel Dukes' Palace Brugge is a luxury option to stay in Bruge. The five-star Hotel Dukes' Palace Brugge is located in a 15th-century former ducal residence just 280 meters from the market square. All the rooms here are equipped with air-conditioning, a minibar, a desk and a large marble bathroom. Coffee and drinks are served at the lounge while guests can enjoy a high tea on the terrace when the weather is nice. The on-site restaurant serves refined Belgian cuisine prepared with local ingredients. And if you need a break from exploring, you can use the hotel's spa and gym area or book a relaxing massage.
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What are the transportation options to get to Bruges, Belgium?
There are 3 transportation options to get to Bruges. These are by train or car, by airplane and by cruise ship.
Firstly, by train (or car). The train station of Bruges is just a 15-minute walk from the historical center, but I drove there as there's a large parking lot next to the station which lets you park for €3.5/24 hours. Even if you stay longer, the cost is never more than €3.5 for 24 hours, so two days of parking there would only cost you €7. If you're not a local or don't want the hassle of driving, it's best to take the train. Click here for train timetables and prices.
Secondly, by airplane. The nearest airport to Bruges is Ostend (OST) Airport, which is 24.6 kilometres away. Brussels Airport is 94.5 km away. After landing, you can take the train to Bruges. Depending on the time, you can get a direct connection and otherwise, you'll only have to change trains once. Click here for a good overview of flight options and prices. If you'd rather be taken straight from the airport to your hotel so that you don't need to lug around your luggage, consider booking a private transfer. They're often not more expensive than a regular taxi and as you book them in advance, you don't need to worry about payment or having to wait for a ride upon your arrival. Book your transfer to Bruges.
Is there a “In Bruges” movie locations map?
Yes, I used this In Bruges locations map and managed to see them all in a couple of hours. However, if you go into the museums and monuments, you can easily spend two days on this route – especially if you also do some chocolate tasting in between.
What are the best Bruges tours?
Listed below are the best Bruges tours.
- Discover Bruges with a local. On this 3-hour tour, you'll leave the tourist crowds to explore Bruges with a local. Walk through tiny alleyways, visit the oldest brewery in town and see one of the oldest hospital buildings in Europe before visiting an authentic Belgian pub where you'll have a drink. Book this tour online.
- Private tour by bike carriage. Explore Bruges in a unique way: while your guide rides you around in a bike carriage! You'll see the most important sights of the city while your expert guide tells you all about them and gives you insight into the city's history. Book this tour online.
- 2-hour private walking tour. During this 2-hour private walking tour, your group will see both the city's highlights and some of the less touristy but equally beautiful areas of Bruges. An expert guide will give insights into all you see and is there to answer any questions you may have. Book this tour online.
What are the best things to do in Bruges?
Listed below find the best things to do in Bruges:
- Belfry tower: Climb the iconic Belfry tower for panoramic views of the city.
- Church of Our Lady: Visit the Church of Our Lady, home to Michelangelo's sculpture, Madonna and Child.
- Lake of Love: Take a stroll around the Lake of Love (Minnewater) and enjoy the romantic atmosphere.
- Begijnhof: Explore the tranquil Begijnhof, a UNESCO World Heritage site with beautiful white houses and a serene courtyard.
- Historic Market Square: Visit the historic Market Square (Grote Markt) and admire the stunning medieval architecture.
- Boat tours: Take a boat tour along the scenic canals of Bruges and enjoy the charming views.
- Groeningemuseum: Discover the impressive collection of Flemish art at the Groeningemuseum.
- Chocolate and beer tasting: Indulge in delicious Belgian chocolates and sample a variety of local beers.
- Horse-drawn carriage rides: Experience a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the city's enchanting streets.
- Explore the cobblestone streets: Wander through the cobblestone streets of Bruges and soak in the medieval atmosphere.
Bruges offers a mix of historical landmarks, cultural experiences and culinary delights that make it a must-visit destination for travelers. Enjoy your time exploring this charming city!
What are the best cities of Belgium?
Listed below, you'll find the best cities in Belgium:
- Brussels: The capital and largest city of Belgium, known for its cosmopolitan culture, vibrant nightlife and being the headquarters of the EU.
- Bruges: A remarkably well-preserved medieval city, with picturesque canals and stone buildings that will transport you to a fairytale setting. Bruges is definitely a historic highlight.
- Ghent: A historic city with winding canals, Ghent also boasts a youthful vibe due to its large student population. It is known as the “vegetarian capital of Europe”.
- Antwerp: A major port city renowned for its fashion scene, trendy boutiques, clubs and bars. Antwerp is often referred to as the “diamond capital of the world”.
- Ostend: A popular beach destination with charming seaside promenades, lively bars and cafes. Ostend is known as the “Queen of Belgian seaside resorts”.
- Leuven: A vibrant university city with a mix of youthful energy and beautiful historic buildings, such as the late-Gothic Town Hall. Leuven is also the hometown of the famous Stella Artois brewery.
- Liège: A city undergoing modernization while still preserving its historical charm through architectural pieces. Liège is known for its lively nightlife.
- Mechelen: A characterful and lively city, Mechelen boasts historic architecture like St. Rumbold's Cathedral and vibrant street art.
These cities offer a variety of experiences, from cultural landmarks to culinary delights. Enjoy exploring the best of Belgium!
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