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While you're there
Fall for flanders and all its medieval beauty
No trip to Brussels would be complete without taking the one-hour journey west to Bruges. You can catch the train either at the Brussels Nord, Central or Midi stations. No reservation needed (or taken) and trains leave about every half hour. When you get off the train in you only need to walk a short distance, crossing over a canal by bridge to discover what some have called the "Venice of the North."
Standing over the bridge you’ll see a series of canals, grass parkways with a blanket of wildflowers, white buildings with orange rooftops and benedictine nuns parading in old-fashioned habits. This is a great walking town, but if you’re looking for romance or charm (easily found in Bruges), hop in a horse-drawn carriage or take a canal boat tour.
For a high-flying vantage point, climb the 366 steps of the belfry of Bruges, a medieval bell tower in the town’s historical center. What once served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger, today, for a small fee, you can see more pleasant things – like orange rooftops as far as the eye can see, and a maze of canals webbing around the town. After such a workout, head back down (try not to get dizzy) and stop at a café for a glass of cherry-flavored Belgian Kriek beer.
Bruges is well known for its delicate lace production. For a small fee, watch women move their hands ever so quickly to craft these beautiful crocheted creations. Bring home a tablecloth or set of placemats to remind you of Bruges every time you sit down to eat.
Bruges is just the beginning of your journey into Flanders. See what sparkles in Antwerp, center of the diamond trade, and be there in less than 90 minutes. For more riches, Oostende, also known as the "North Port" is where you’ll gawk at million-dollar yachts. For more medieval charm, Ghent, just 30 minutes away, used to be one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today, it’s the biggest car-free area in Belgium, allowing you to walk freely among the well-preserved architecture. Travel to Bruges using a Eurail Benelux Pass.
Bruges is special for its intense beauty. Yes, there are museums to see and towers to climb, but most come to simply "be" here. Walk through busy squares. Take a moment to reflect in a quiet park. Stop for a bite at a café on an intimate cobblestone street. And make "old times" new again.
When in Bruges, you can taste the famous mussels and fries. They are delicious! You can ask any locals to help you find a nice place to eat. They will be glad to help.
Why not buy some chocolates when in Bruges? There are many chocolate shops in the city. Head to Wollestraat where you will find high quality artisanal chocolates.
Bruges Tourist Office
PO Box 744, B-8000 Bruges
Tel: +32 50 44 46 46
The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.
Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Bruges can be found.
Bruges railway station(s)
Bruges Train Station
Address: Stationsplein 4 8000 BruggeOpening hours: Monday to Friday: 4:30am to 11pm
Saturday and Sunday: 4:30am to 11pm Trains operating in and from this station:
Intercity trains, Regional trains
Tourist Information Point, Lost and found, Toilets, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi Internet, ATM and Public telephones.
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- "very good Service" . 14/08/2015
The train departs on time, the travel was very confortable
- "Can be cheaper" Vedat Hakan d. 08/10/2014
Everything was great except price.It can be cheaper
- "Journey to Brugge" . 27/05/2014
It was an amazing journey through north France to Belgium, overseeing wonderful landscaping through windows on train smoothly running. Although not to many options for breakfast at the car, the service at train was very good overall.
- "Quick and friendly" Anton s. 26/02/2014
I took the train from Paris Gare du Nord to Brugge and it was an excellent connection, taking 2:26h on a direct line. The THALYS was very modern, well equipped and comfortable. I was surprised to learn that your dinner is included in the price and to top it all off there was a vegetarian choice!!! I was unhappy I had just eaten in the Gare du Nord, the typical French traveller baguette, which is not healthy and medium quality. Next time I know better. I highly recommend this train and service. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and the booking on the internet was very quick and easy.
- "DAN" Daniel b. 23/12/2013
The train was very clean and comfy and would defiantly be using it again. Was a slight delay but nothing they could of done about it, and they kept us up-to date with times and what was happening.
- "Trip to Venice" Ngai Pang m. 21/10/2013
Almost perfect, just the way back from Bruges to Milan got 10 mins delayed in Brussels.
- "very good" Roberto C m. 27/06/2013
I would use it again