8 x summer in Bruges
Historic monuments, top museums, hidden gems and the beach close by. Bruges has it all. With the summer on the way, an extensive event programme and the must-see Summer Deal, a visit to the city along the canals will be an unforgettable experience.
1. More Bruges with Summer Deal
Slow travel is your thing? Book a stay for at least 2 nights (or 3, or 4, or more) in the World Heritage City of Bruges and get a welcome package worth 50 euros free. Immerse yourself in the bustling city and enjoy all it has to offer at your leisure. Or head out to the flat polder country and soak up some vitamin ‘sea’. The offering is immense, and nothing is too far from anything else. And you... have all the time in the world.
> Book today!
2. Podcasts Triennial Bruges 2021
Get ready for the Triennial Bruges 2021 art route, ‘TraumA’, with some exciting digital goodies to listen to. ‘Bruges – a World Heritage site with great plans for the future’ is a brilliant general introduction to a visit to Bruges. Or you can keep it sweet with 5 episodes exclusively about Triennial Bruges.
> Find the podcasts here.
3. A hot museum summer
Taking an hour to go round the high points of the Groeninge Museum, the Gruuthuse Museum or St John's Hospital's top collections? The tour guides are ready for you. The art festival Mind the Artist is descending upon the city with exhibitions, take-overs and lots to experience for young and old. Come and discover Bruges' museums. Definitely never boring!
> Discover here the summer offering of Musea Brugge.
4. Revive the stages
Head out with the kids to Cirque Plus, the three-day free circus festival for young and old in the beautiful courtyard garden of the Major Seminary. Or live it up at Klinkende Kroegen, Moods (Gabriel Rios! Suzanne Vega! Trixie Whitley!), WIJklanken or the MAfestival. The Royal Municipal Theatre is throwing open the doors for individual visitors with 'De Schouwburg vertelt' (‘The Theatre recounts’). You can savour the majestic theatre hall, the palace-like foyer and wander between authentic stage props and elements of décor from centuries gone by.
> Due to the relaxation measures, a lot is happening in the field of events. For an up-to-date overview of activities in the city, please visit this event page.
5. Unique shopping in the historic centre
Mark out your personal shopping tour with the brand-new Bruges shopping magazine using the unrivalled tips from locals and fun stories. The Local Love city map and the Feeling Hotspots route are also a must for shopaholics. In the COSH! guide, you'll find boutiques with a sustainable product range and the Handmade in Brugge label-holders are itching for your custom. Tip: many shops in the city centre are open on the first Sunday of the month. For lover of antiques and bric-a-brac: be sure not to miss the Zandfeesten (Zand Festival) on 4 July, 1 August and 26 September.
> Start your shopping here
6. Food for foodies
The catering industry is coming back to life. Hurrah! Now Bruges can do 100% justice to its reputation as a foodie destination once more. Triennial Bruges is sparing no expense with a culinary offering inspired by the theme of ‘TraumA’: from coffee and cocktails to lunch or a picnic basket. Mussel fanatics can indulge themselves at Sergio Herman's pop-up restaurant on Zeebrugge beach. There are tempting food trucks with plenty of seafood delicacies on the dike and at the fish market.
> Discover more about the Bruges' top gastronomy here.
7. Culture meets sport
Hop on your bike and explore the fresh new ‘Verdwenen Zwinhavens’ cycling route (‘Lost Zwin Ports’). Or put on your roller blades and explore the Polder Route around Bruges. The green lung around the city offers plenty of opportunities for walking. Runners can fill up their miles on the City Ramparts. And if it really does get scorching, then a swim in the waves of Zeebrugge or in the city's Coupure is definitely the answer.
8. A bit of culture in Zeebrugge
The seaside resort serves up a hefty dollop of culture in the summer months. Discover the artworks of Triennial Bruges 2021 and Beaufort or go and view the exquisite photos at the 'De Garnaalvissers' (‘The Shrimp Fishermen’) exhibition. As icing on the cake, Zeebrugge Beach bundles an excellent selection of cinema with Film op het strand (Film on the Beach), live concerts, the WECANDANCE and Bomboclat festivals and a host of culinary and sporting pleasures.
> You'll find more inspiration about Zeebrugge here.