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.
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.
Also: watch out for cyclists.
Cyclists sometimes are faster than you’d think. Every biker in the city will love you for it.
Here’s some key phrases to start with.
“Oe ist joene?” (how are you doing?). “Zie je
me hèèèrrn?” (do you love me?). “Kè histern te vèle gezopn e kè lichtjes zéér I me kop” (I drank too much yesterday, I have a sore head).
Bar hopping is a common hobby,
visiting on average about three bars a night, as we like to see what’s happening all over the city. The first bar’s for warming-up, and the last one is generally a place where we can get way comfy, and stay until the rest of town is already waking up to get to their jobs.
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. In a youthclub (like 2 ) you’ll only pay € 1,50, and in 83 it’s only € 1,25 (but you’ll pay the entrance fee, of course). Same for waffles: € 2,50 for a regular waffle is a good price. If you’re asked € 7: run!
Never steal a Belgian beer glass.
It’s annoying, and only tourists do it.
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.
Always complain that Bruges is dead:
no graffiti, no skating and no decent music club in the city centre...
If somebody else complains about the same things,
shout “kèrel, oed je mulle!” (= shut up) and say that it’s not true. There are lots of great bars! Great music scene! Great young people!
Drinking in public places is allowed in Belgium.
So feel free to buy a beer from the nightshop and pick your view on a nice-looking canal or in one of our parks. However, the sale of alcohol in Bruges’ nightshops is forbidden between 23:00 and 8:00 from May until September. The official reason is that there would be too much drunken tourists, but the bar owners just think of it as good business. When drinking from the nightshop: do know that some beers are not made to drink out of a bottle because of the yeast in the bottle. Respect your brew!
Choose the right football team.
Usually Club Brugge (blue and black) is the better team and Cercle Brugge (green and black) is the proud underdog. But Club hasn’t won a national championship since 2005. So basically, both of them sucked the last few years. But on the day we printed this map, Club Brugge were still leading in the championship, and they just kept on winning. So who knows, maybe the spell will be broken in 2016?