Bruges City Breaks
Wonderfully preserved Bruges is a beautiful medieval city with narrow twisting lanes and charming waterways. The city boasts a superb selection of shops and museums and is within easy reach of nearby towns and cities including Brussels and Ypres.
Beautiful Bruges has many reminders of its prosperous past, as much of its medieval architecture has been preserved. The historic centre of Bruges became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Here you can find the Church of Our Lady that, due to its spire, is one of the world's tallest brick buildings, with its famed belfry sporting a 48-strong bell carillon. The historic centre is also home to Michelangelo's Madonna and the Child, and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, both places which are highly recommended to visit on short breaks to Bruges.
The journey to Bruges takes you on the Eurostar from St Pancras International in London to Brussels Midi. There is a short connection in Brussels, where you board the Intercity service directly to Bruges. For your Rail & Stay Bruges city break, you have the option of choosing a morning or afternoon Eurostar service.
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A 3-night city break including accommodation at the charming 4* Hotel Ter Brughe which is set in a house that was built in 1553 and is now a listed building. The hotel is located on one of the most picturesque canals in Bruges close to the 14th century Augustine Bridge.Departures from September to September
Popular attractions on Bruges city breaks
Sukerbuyc Chocolate Factory
You can indulge yourself by visiting the Sukerbuyc chocolate factory, where a small family business produce handmade chocolates. You can take a tour of the factory and taste some of its delicious produce.
De Halve Maan
The city has a proud brewing pedigree, and you can learn all about it at Bruges' one surviving brewery, enjoying a guided tour and a tasting of the latest brews.
The 'Grain House' Palace was the local Lord's residence, made beautifully ornate from the tax imposed on grain for brewing. Today the grand building is a museum depicting Bruges life from the 15th century onwards.
This art gallery boasts one of the finest collections in Europe, with a strong emphasis on Belgian and Dutch work from the Middle Ages onwards. The renowned works of Jan van Eyck are well represented here and are definitely worth seeing.
During Bruges city breaks we also recommend a visit to nearby Ypres, which is infamous for its centre-stage role in the First World War. As the initial meeting point of German and Allied forces, Ypres was the site of many bitter struggles - and a devastating loss of life. Today there are a number of sites in the city commemorating the fallen.
Resembling a Roman triumphal arch, the striking Menin Gate is dedicated to the British Empire's fallen soldiers whose graves are unknown - just less than 55,000 of half a million British troops who died in Ypres. A bugle is played at the gate at 8pm every evening, in a continued demonstration of gratitude for the sacrifice made for Belgium's freedom.
In Flanders Field Museum
Occupying part of Ypres' famous Cloth Hall, the In Flanders Field Museum is devoted to the study of World War I. Through a range of artefacts collected from the battle sites, the museum tells the stories of the many people who were killed in the nearby fields.