Bruges is one of the most romantic historic cities in Europe, with miles of sedate canals, beautiful architecture and winding, cobbled lanes. The city also drips with culture, with Renaissance artworks by the likes of Michelangelo, Van Eyck and Memling on display. And Bruges, in Belgium, is just a short hop over the Channel from the UK, so is easy to access. All this makes the city a perfect destination for weekend get aways, so here's a look at some top Brugescity breaks currently available.
One of the easiest ways to travel to Bruges is on the Eurostar from St. Pancras to Brussels. From Brussels take your free onward connecting train to the city. This journey takes around 3 hours in total and costs from around £74 per person for a return journey. Alternatively you can take a P&O ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge, only 15 minutes from Bruges by train. This trip takes a night and costs from around £218.
Bruges is awash with affordable hotels, and the Hotel Prinsenhof Bruges is one of the most popular. With rooms available from as little as £114, this is a cheap way to stay in the heart of town close to the canals. The four star hotel is a traditional Dutch gabled building, offering the charm and character of old Bruges, while not sacrificing modern convenience. Rooms come equipped with flat panel televisions, DVD players, designer toiletries and king size beds.
For a hotel right in the heart of the old town near the Belfry and the Square, the Grand Hotel Casselbergh is a luxurious and stately option. Built in a renovated townhouse, the rear of the hotel features a stunning, cutting edge design while the front retains an authentic antique air. The hotel features wine cellars, an authentic Turkish sauna and a gym. Rooms, meanwhile, come equipped with a beguiling mix of exposed wooden beams and modern furnishings. Double Rooms at this gem of a hotel start at £109.
So, with grand hotels, quaint B&Bs and centuries of history, there are plenty of options for arranging magical Brugescity breaks.
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