Practical information

  • Apart from these camper van parking areas, there is also a parking lane along the ring road R30, between the city gates Gentpoort and Kruispoort, near the Speelpleinlaan.
  • 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. The use of motor vehicles in the historic inner city is not recommended.
  • 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.
  • There are cash points in the most important shopping streets, on the Markt (Market Square),’t Zand, Simon Stevinplein, Stationsplein (Railway station Square and on the Kanaaleiland (Canal Island, in the Bargeweg).
  • Wednesdays > 8.00 a.m.-1.30 p.m. | Markt | food & flowers Saturdays > 8.00 a.m.-1.30 p.m. | Beursplein (from July 2018: back on ‘t Zand) | miscellaneous Sundays > 8.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. | Sint-Michiels | miscellaneous Wednesday to Saturdays> 8.00 a.m.-1.30 p.m. | Vismarkt | fish Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and bridge days > from 15 March to 15 November + on Fridays in the period June-September > 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. | Dijver | antiques, bric-à-brac and crafts Daily > from 15 March to 15 November > 9.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
  • For posting letters, cards, etc.
  • Currency can be exchanged in every bank or in an exchange office.
  • European emergency number tel.
  • An identity card or valid passport is necessary.
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