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Act like a local
There’s only 20,000 people
living within the old city walls (an extra 100.000 live outside the walls). That means that on really busy days, there’s more tourists here than locals. Funny enough, everybody still likes tourists. So no mean anti-tourist propaganda, like you see popping up in Berlin, for example. We love you, for putting us on the world map.
Get Lost
Intentionally take a wrong turn and just go with it. Some of the small streets are just as pretty as the big tourist magnets. Besides: Bruges is quite small, so you will always find your way back.
All over the map you’ll see hearts.
Bruges is the perfect kissing city indeed. But keep some for nighttime: when the dark sets in and the stars come out, you’ll REALLY experience the romance of our beautiful city.
Watch out for horse carriages.
Most horses don’t know the traffic rules.
Don't overpay for your beer
If you drink in a bar and you’re paying more than € 2,30 for a regular pils beer, you’re probably in the wrong place, being ripped off. Same for waffles: € 2,50 for a regular waffle is a good price. If you’re asked € 7: run!
Women’s rights are important.
Guys buy rounds of beer, and so do the girls. Always ask what your friends would like to drink, or you will end up tipsy but lonely.
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When to come
DuringJul 2017FilmOpHetStrand
(Until end of Aug)
Bring your biggest beach towel and a nice picnic basket because in July & August you can watch movies on the beach. It’s not in the centre of Bruges, but if it’s nice weather, the beach is the best cinema there is. And if you get tired of the movie, you can watch the sea or the sunset.
28Jul 2017Moods Festival
(Until 10 Aug 2017)
Daily indoor and outdoor concerts on historical locations, with a mix of alternative, classical and world music. Some evenings there are even DJs on the Burg and Markt square. If you need to pick one day, make it the last day of the festival, as it’s a climax of dancing and loud fun all over the city. Most outdoor concerts for free. This year Balkan Beat Box, Melanie De Biasio, C.W. Stoneking and more are coming over.
24Sep 2017Big Flea Market
These markets, right next to the station, are rrreally big and well-known all over Belgium. No rich antique sellers, just people selling their old stuff. Best place for a 3D-Viewmaster, a yoghurt machine, a local comic and an old Bowie record.
26Oct 2017Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival
(Until 31 Oct 2017)
This film festival in the heart of Bruges will definitely satisfy fans of fantasy, thrillers, horror and co. With a selection ranging from mainstream to camp, be sure to bring some popcorn. Lectures, conferences, workshops and international guests included too. The programme isn't online yet, check back soon.
24Nov 2017Christmas Market
(Until 02 Jan 2018)
Christmas dinners are all about eating and drinking too much. And Christmas markets in Belgium aren’t that different actually. So drink some gluhwein (hot wine), have a sausage, get a beer, try some sweets and by now you should be getting the hang of it. Merry Christmas!
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