Act like a local
There’s only 20,000 people living within the old city walls
That means that sometimes, there are more tourists than locals in the city. So, give us a break and act like a local.
Learn some dialect
Most belgians don’t understand us, but we simply have the most beautiful dialect in the contry. Start by ending every word with ‘tje’, it makes it sound cute. For example: a coffee = a coffee-tje.
Ignore the Big Companies
Big international chains don’t do it for us: Starbucks is a sad and dark hole and we’re working on replacing those smelly Subways by chocolate shops.
Wear some high heels
It’s good fun to see ladies trying to survive the cobblestones on stilts.
Take a chill pill
Life in Bruges is relaxed. Enjoy it horizontally in our parks.
Sounds of the city
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When to come
05AprThe Tour of Flanders
(Until 05 Apr)
Today, you can walk over the heads in Bruges, but for once it’s not the tourists’ fault. Locals gather around by the thousands to get a glimpse of their bicycle heroes, at the start of the Tour of Flanders in the heart of Bruges. Yep, you will notice that cyclism is still big in Belgium. Act like a local, and try to get on television by standing behind the most famous cyclists. Free.
22AprMoov = World Movies
(Until 03 May)
World movie festival in a cosy arthouse cinema in the centre of Bruges. No popcorn!
14MayHoly Blood Procession
(Until 14 May)
On the day of the Holy Ascension, the whole city is out on the streets. The Blood of Jesus is the holiest relic in Belgium, and once a year it leaves the Holy Blood crypt to be carried around in a procession. People dress up like Roman soldiers and Jesus and the saints, and only the good kids can come along. The Holy Blood procession is a holy event, but in Belgium this especially means lots of eating and drinking. Free.
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