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Bruges

During your visit to Bruges, you'll realize that this historic city offers much more than just souvenir shops, canal cruise boats and romantic coaches. The inner city vies with Amsterdam for the title 'Venice of Northern Europe'. Regar...

History Bruges

Bruges

Bruges was originally a Gallo Roman settlement. Its people occupied themselves with agriculture, and traded with England and the rest of Gaul. The name Bruges possibly comes from the Old Norse word Bryjjga, meaning landing stage or port. Bruges has a...

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A round trip of the canals in Bruges

Bruges is called the Venice of the North for a reason. A boat tour on the scenic 'reien' is highly recommended. Reien are small canals passing through the entire centre of Bruges, called after the river Reie. Because of the arched bridges you pass un...

Public Holidays in Bruges

1 January: New Year's DayMarch/April: Easter1 May: Labour DayMay/June: Whit Sunday11 July: Flemish community's holiday21 July: National holiday15 August: Assumption of the Holy Virgin 27 September: French community's holiday1 November: All Saints' Da...

Brugge Tripel Dagen

This one is a real classic, the evermore enjoyable Brugge Tripel Dagen! During this free three-day summer festival, the market square is overcrowded with a partying mass. Dance and sing along during one of the many live concerts and laugh with the Be...

The Procession of the Holy Blood

Legend has it that Diederik van de Elzas, the Count of Flanders, brought back the relic of the Holy Blood with him from the Holy Land after the Second Crusade. The Holy or Precious Blood of Bruges is a relic of the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ, that's...

Red Rock Rally

This festival was originally founded by young socialists to make 1 May, Labour Day, more attractive to the youth. In those days the organizers had no money to hire bands and therefore decided to hold a competition. Bands could sign up for the heats a...

Cactus Festival

Hear, see, feel the world! The Cactus Festival is well-known for directing its antennae towards the wide world of music. Eclectic musical styles and cultures intersect at the heavenly Minnewaterpark during this three day festival. Big-name musicians...