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Getting To Know Bruges – Cruise Port Guide
Bruges is a hugely popular destination on many Northern European itineraries and is especially prominent on mini-cruises. Our Bruges cruise port guide will enable you to make the very best of your visit during your cruise call.
Bruges is the capital and largest city in Belgium, within the Flemish Region. It’s vast, exciting and filled with many charming buildings, canals, museums and more. Of course, one must sample some true Belgian chocolate while in the city and there are no shortage of fine chocolatiers on every street. Belgian waffles come in second and again, must be tried and tasted during your visit.
The city centre is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers around 430 hectares in all. Bruges is also the proud home of the College of Europe, a university institute dedicated to European studies.
One day is not enough time to see and do everything, so we suggest pinning down the things that appeal to you the most and working your way through those. Some of our favourite recommendations include Sint -Janshospitaal, also known as the Hospital of St.John. It was originally founded in the 12th century and the premises are home to some of Europe’s oldest surviving hospital buildings. Today, the building is home to the Hans Memling museum.
The Markt is also worth visiting and is right in the heart of the city. In fact, if you visit the Markt, you’ll also be able to enjoy the 12th century belfry, one of the city’s most iconic symbols and the former home of the treasury and municipal archives.
Bruges can be expensive, so plan ahead of time when budgeting and allow for a little extra euros.
The port is around 15 kilometres from the city centre (ships dock in Zeebrugge), but don’t worry, the port authorities usually offer a shuttle service for visiting cruise passengers – there is a charge for this.
Once in the city, the best way to explore it is on foot.
The BrugesCard is a great option if you plan to explore several key museums and take a canal cruise. It offers free entry and discounts at venues across the city.
Key highlights of Bruges
- Choco-Story museum
- Basilica of the Holy Blood
- Belfry of Bruges
- Church of our Lady Bruges
- Groeninge Museum
- Sint -Janshospitaal
- Bruges City Hall
- Lake of Love
- Diamond Museum
- Torture Museum
- Canal Cruise
- Food Tour
- Archaeological Museum
Regular cruise line visitors
- Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
- P&O Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Saga Cruises
- Viking Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
- Celebrity Cruises
- Royal Caribbean International