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Bruges is the capital and the biggest city in the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. The city of Bruges is located in the north west of Belgium. Because of the many canals Bruges has it is known as “The Venice of the North”. When searching for accommodation in Bruges the city has several three star hotels and four stars hotels as well as a five stars hotel in the centre of Bruges. The Floris Karos hotel is a unique 3 star hotel, part of the Floris Hotel Collection, in Bruges’ centre.
Transportation to Bruges
AIR TRAVEL TO BRUGES
Zaventem Airport in Brussels is about 1hr and 30mins from Bruges by train. Check the timetable for the airport City Express on the Belgian Railways (NMBS) website by entering Zaventem Airport as the departure or destination station in the online form www.nmbs.be
TRAIN TRAVEL TO BRUGES
Traveling by train to Bruges is the best way to see the beautiful Belgian countryside. For Eurail Pass holders, it is also quite inexpensive. There are several connections to hub cities that will lead you to Bruges.
• Eurostar breaks to Bruges – Eurostar runs trains from London, Ebbsfleet and Ashford to Brussels. There are connecting trains every 30 minutes from Brussels to Bruges. Journey time from Brussels to Bruges is less than 1 hour. The Eurostar takes 1 hour and 51 minutes. Trains depart and arrive at the south station (Gare du Midi) in Brussels and depart and arrive at London St Pancras International Station or Ebbsfleet International. Connections with six underground lines and seven rail companies operating from St Pancras International, King’s Cross and nearby Euston. For additional information about the Eurostar www.eurostar.com
• The Belgian Railways (NMBS) will bring you from Brussels to Bruges in less than 1 hour, from Antwerp to Bruges in 1 hour and 20 minutes, from Ghent to Bruges in 30 minutes, from Bruges to Ostend on the coast is 15 minutes
• The Thalys links Brussels and Amsterdam in 2 hrs and 35 min. Trains depart and arrive at the south station (Gare du Midi) in Brussels. For more information www.brugesinfo.com. The Thalys line also connects Paris and Brussels in 1 hour and 25 minute trip. Trains depart and arrive at the south station (Gare du Midi) in Brussels and depart and arrive at the North Station (Gare du Nord) in Paris or at Charles de Gaulle airport. There are 18 to 19 trains a day.
• Thalys trains and Deutsche Bahn ICE trains also arrive into Brussels south station (Gare du Midi) from Cologne (Koln) in Germany. Journey time is under 2 hours
FERRY TRAVEL TO BRUGES
To and From England and Belgium by Ferry:
• Getting to Bruges by car from the UK is easy. If you live in the south of the UK you can choose Eurotunnel from Folkestone or P&O ferries or SeaFrance from Dover. They all go to Calais and from there it's just one hour and 10 minutes drive to Bruges. Norfolk Line sails from Dover direct to Dunkerque, which is only about a 45 minutes drive to Bruges. From the north you can take the P&O Ferries overnight sailing from Hull to Zeebrugge, only 30 minutes from Bruges. Or there's the option of the overnight Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry service operated by DFDS, and it's only three hours by road to Bruges
Attractions nearby Bruges Hotels
There are many attractions the city of Bruges has to offer; here are the highly recommended ones. These are sights that really should be visited but you can always rest or spoil yourself in one of the Bruges Hotels
This is the most distinctive landmark in Bruges. The belfry is 83 meters (272 feet) high and has a slight lean towards the southeast. It is the very best bell tower in Belgium. The tower began being built in 1282, however the upper section where the crowning octagonal was, has been rebuilt two centuries later in 1482. There is an impressive carillon of 47 bells.
You can enter the tower from the inner courtyard and go up on the 366 steps in order to have a fantastic panoramic view of Bruges and the surroundings. On the second floor of the tower is the treasure room. There are some concerts that are played periodically.
At the Rozenhoedkaai you can have a remarkably fine view of the old houses bordering the canal. In the background you can see the bell towers rising high above the houses’ rooftops.
This is Bruges’ main square located at the heart of the city. The Market is surrounded by buildings from different periods. You cannot miss the large straight monument from 1887 of the guild-masters Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck who led the revolt against the French in 1302. Just a few minutes from the ancient market you can find one of the Bruges hotels, Floris Karos that can be a great place to rest and spend the night in. Every week there is a local produce market in the centre of Bruges – on Wednesday and Saturday mornings
The large amount of fascinating old buildings and the canals makes the city of Bruges preserve a more medieval air than anywhere else in Belgium. Take a walk in the narrow streets or take a boat ride on the canals and you will on the spot fall under its spell and be charmed by the aura of the most heartwarming cities of Flanders. This together with its amazing state of preservation makes Bruges a tourist destination that has no equal anywhere in Europe.
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The local name is Heilig-Bloedbasiliek. Located in the southern corner of Bruges central main square and to the right of the town hall stands the two storied Heilig-Bloedbasiliek (Basilica of the Holy Blood). Maintained inside the church is a crystal vial said to contain a drop of Christ’s blood brought back from the Holy Land by Dietrich of Alasce in 1149 on his return from the second crusade. From this was created the traditional parade of the Holy Blood when, each year in May the sacred remnant is carried out through the streets of Bruges.
When visiting Belgium you should consider looking for accommodation in Bruges, as the city offers great sights and attractions. When choosing one of the Bruges hotels you should strongly consider staying at the Floris Karos hotel for your next trip to Belgium. The Karos hotel in Bruges is ideally located close to the ancient market square. Great indoor pool, gym and relaxing lounge bar make for an ideal stay in a central Bruges hotel. Add in the family rooms and Kids corner complete with Xbox Kinect and you have a unique family hotel in Bruges