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Practical information

  • Overnight stays in camper vans are not permitted in the inner city.
  • To optimize the quality of life and perception, no coaches are allowed in the city center of Bruges.
  • There are three tourist information offices in Bruges: one in the Concertgebouw (Concert Hall), one in the recently opened Historium (Market Square) and one in the railway station.
  • Most shops operate from Monday to Saturday, opening at 10.00 a.m.
  • Bruges is a compact city, made for people. The use of motorized transport in the historic city centre is discouraged.
  • Emergencies   European emergency number: tel.
  • Basiliek van het Heilig Bloed (Basilica of the Holy Blood)Daily, except Mondays: 11.00 a.m.
  • Belgium has quite a lot of public holidays.
  • Bruges is a lively, fun-loving city, with great night-life.
  • Bruges enjoys a mild, maritime climate, with no great highs and lows.
  • In Belgium there is a general ban on smoking in cafés, restaurants, the public areas in hotels (lobby, bar, corridors, etc.) and in all public buildings (train stations, airports, etc.).
  • The City of Bruges charges a tourism tax of EUR 2 per person per night.
  • Although most visitors come to the city in the spring and summer months, Bruges has something to offer all year round.
  • Most of the banks in Bruges are open from 9.00 a.m.
  • Wednesdays > 8.00 a.m.-1.30 p.m. | Markt | food and flowers Saturdays > 8.00 a.m.-1.30 p.m. | ‘t Zand | miscellaneous Sundays > 7.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m. | Veemarkt, Sint-Michiels | miscellaneous Wednesday to Saturday > 8.00 a.m.-1.30 p.m. | Vismarkt | fish Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and bridge days > during the period 15 March to 15 November + on Fridays during the period June to September > 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. | Dijver | antique, bric-à-brac and crafts Daily > during the period 15 March to 15 November: 9.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
  • Post office bpost: Smedenstraat 57-59.
  • You can exchange money in one of the currency exchange offices.
  • European emergency number tel.
  • An identity card or valid passport is necessary.
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