With its cobbled lanes, whitewashed almshouses, imposing churches and dreamy canals, a visit to Bruges (Brugge in Flemish) is like stepping into a fairy-tale medieval town that is almost too picturesque to be real. That said, there is no doubt about the endless photo opportunities you’ll find in this historic city. In this guide Andy McSweeney of Photo Tour Brugge shares 24 of his favourite spots and over 140 images to help you discover the charms of Bruges for yourself.
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It’s well worth considering a 2 to 3 night stay if possible, mainly for the changing light and somewhat erratic weather. It’s a small city to navigate so with such time you’ll easily get to all of the suggested locations. There is limited and fairly expensive paid parking in the city so travel by foot wherever possible. It’s also well worth considering Bruges as your base for visits to surrounding areas, most notably the nearby village of Damme and Flanders Fields in the Ieper region. Visiting for just one day? Start at the train station (also a great spot for parking) and do the Lake of Love/Behijnhof directly to beat the crowds before heading in towards the Market Square. From there, pick any direction and you’ll have plenty to shoot; the windmills and surrounding area of St. Ana is the easiest to navigate.
Bruges is a safe city; bike theft is the main issue. Saying that, make sure you use common sense for your camera and other valuables (pickpockets everywhere are looking for distracted photographers) and be sensible if going out on your own and especially late at night. Belgium is like all mainland European Union members and uses standard EU 220v two pin plugs. You can often change the power cord on your battery charger and expect the voltage to adapt. The main mobile networks are Belgacom or BASE, free public wifi is common in cafes. Paid wifi is generally available at airports and other such areas – have your credit card ready.