Quirky whilst picture-postcard, Bruges is an entertainment and gastronomic delight.

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On the surface Bruges is about as picturesque as they come, with its ancient streets criss-crossing squares and bordering waterways. Beneath the picture-perfect exterior lies a rich and vibrant culture that proudly indulges on beer, chips and chocolate – and make no mistake, these staples are beyond the ordinary.

Corporate event clients can learn about the world’s longest beer pipe, they can browse the art galleries of the historic centre, sail the canals, dine in superb restaurants or learn to make chocolate in a confectioner’s master-class. Just north of Bruges is the coast offering a range of fantastic beach and water sport activities.

BRUGES AT A GLANCE

Facts & figures

  • Population: 117 000
  • June ave. high 18°C
  • September ave. high 18°C

Transfers

  • Lille Eurostar | 47 miles
  • Brussels Eurostar | 65 miles
  • Brussels Airport | 95 miles
  • Ostend Ferry | 17 miles

Culture

  • Museums
  • Art Galleries
  • Gastronomy

Action

  • Kite surfing
  • Sailing
  • Segway tours
  • Surfing
  • Bike tours
  • Blokarting

BRUGES CITY

Easy to get by rail and compact to explore, Bruges is a great option for summer corporate incentives and meetings. The historic centre of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and jaw-dropping, with canals bisecting the area and cobbled bridges linking the walkways. The Gothic architecture is splendid, nowhere more so than the Markt of Bruges central square with its architecture dating back to the 12th century. Visitors flock to the area and pubs and restaurants are abundant in this main sector.

There are parks throughout the city and guided tours showcase the very best of this historic city. Shops are resolutely independent with high-street brands a rarity and whilst there is little doubt that Bruges can be a honey-pot for tourists at peak times, the feel of the place is one of quality and authenticity. Restaurants and pubs are everywhere and there are several good quality central hotels in Bruges.

BRUGES ACTIVITIES

Blokarting

Hurtle across the sands in a Blokart, racing colleagues in the ocean winds of the Belgium coast.

Segway Tour

Explore the streets, squares and parks of Bruges on a group Segway tour.

Boat tour

Take to the inland waters of Bruges and effortlessly discover the best of this magnificent city.

BRUGES DINING

Bruges is no spa break – loosen the belt and prepare for calorific temptation beyond endurance! Belgium is known globally for its beer and chocolate and there are endless drinking and dining options across Bruges. The 19th century Park Restaurant offers excellent cuisine in a traditional venue, whilst De Halve Maan restaurant provides the chance to tour an ancient brewery before devouring excellent Belgium dishes. 

Bruges is a gastronomic delight but as well as the award-winning restaurants, there are many more venues serving authentic cuisine that sustain the locals. Unmistakably Belgium in character, these locations pride themselves on local beers to accompany the food and boast wonderful atmospheres. Try the Belgium Pigeon House for dining off the beaten-track.

BRUGES NIGHTLIFE

For those looking to combine drinking with a history tour, then Bruges is in a league of its own. The 800-year-old cellar bar, Le Trappiste offers a huge range of beers from the depths below Bruges centre, whilst the 15th century, 2be Beer Wall is canal-side and presents thousands of beers on its famous beer wall, and numerous options on tap. Most bars in Bruges open until late, whilst live music is offered in selected bars across the city, including Blues at the Comptoir Des Arts.

For a bar with a view try the Duvelorium offering window seats overlooking the famous and bustling Bruges Markt square. The interior is colourful, the beer menu considerable and the views fantastic. To really appreciate the tipple in Bruges, the De Halve Maan brewery offers tours of its historic brewery and the chance to view the 3km (and world’s longest) beer pipe which runs beneath the ancient streets of Bruges.

BRUGES MEETINGS & SEMINARS

With its short rail transfers from the UK, its gastronomy and fantastic range of activities, Bruges is a stand-out location for a summer meeting, seminar or incentive event. There are numerous dedicated meeting venues located across Bruges including Congrescentrum Oud Sint-Jan, a converted 19th century hospital, the Concertgebouw Brugge concert hall which can house large audiences in its modern building or the Stadsschouwburg city theatre with its gold leaf and ornate interior. A modern alternative would be the Maz centre which offers flexible, contemporary spaces for meetings and presentations.

Meetings and summer incentive events aren’t all work, with play options are abundant across Bruges. There are walking and bike tours to explore the city, whilst boat tours run on the canals throughout Bruges. There are cooking and confectionary courses, beer museum tours and fine dining available. For action activities there are Segway tours of the streets and parks of Bruges and for those looking for some coastal action, the beaches of Belgium are not far from the city. On the coast, wind sports, surfing and sailing are all offered to complement corporate events.

BRUGES - THE UNMISSABLE

Belgium and Bruges are synonymous with beer and this ancient and celebrated life-blood is central to Bruges culture. Visit a bar and marvel at the vast array of wonderfully crafted beers on offer.

Alternatively take a brewery tour and witness how beer was brewed through the ages. There is the chance to see a 3km beer pipe – a technical marvel that allowed a brewery to maintain its central Bruges brewing activities.

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