Over the years the medieval canal city of Bruges has gone by many names: City of Romance, Venice of the North, the City That Time Forgot and Cultural Capital of Europe (back in 2002). However, none of these titles accurately captures the enchanting city of Bruges. The historic centre of Bruges is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has many interesting and beautiful places to visit, where it seems as if time has stood still. With the city centre closed off to heavy traffic, all the splendour and culture of this city can easily be explored on foot, by boat ride along quiet canals, or by horse-drawn carriage among cobblestone streets.
Check the official website of the City of Bruges to discover, visit and stay in Bruges.
If you travel by car, head for the railway station and use the public car park ‘Parking Centrum-Station‘ next to it. There you can park for 3,50 euro a day. You can leave your car there for several days and pay at the end with a credit card.
A 7-minute walk takes you to ‘De Halve Maan’.
The Brussels South station is the Belgian hub for international train traffic, receiving multiple high-speed trains a day from Paris (Thalys and TGV), Lille (Eurostar and TGV), London (Eurostar), Amsterdam (Thalys) and Cologne (Thalys and ICE).
From Brussels Midi, there are two trains every hour to Bruges with final stops in either Ostend or Knokke/Blankenberge. Please check the website of the Belgian Railways for information about schedules and fares. It takes 55 minutes to go from Brussels South to Bruges.
It’s easy to travel from Brussels national airport to Bruges by train. A direct connection is introduced to Bruges that runs every hour (only on weekdays). You can also take the Brussels Airport Express ( 4 trains per hour) to Brussels Midi.
From the airport of Brussles South Charleroi you have different bus connections to Bruges (Check Flibco)
Sure you got hungry of dancing. Fortunately we are located in the centre of Bruges around Walplein with many shops and restaurants. These are some options we can recommend:
- The restaurant of the brewery ‘De Halve Maan’ is open every day : follow this link for more details
- Breakfast : Carpe Diem (150 m)
- Supermarket Carrefour Express (200 m)
- Restaurants : ‘t Nieuw Walnutje, De zevende hemel, Bistro Maurice, ‘t Walpoortje, Malesherbes, De Wijngaert, and many more … (100 / 200 m)
And sure you got tired feet of dancing. So you need a good rest in one of the hundred hotels , B&B’s or holiday rentals in the centre of the city.
The hotel Academie **** has a special offer for those who want to attend our festival, just 150 meters away from our venue at the brewery ‘De Halve Maan’.
Book your room on www.hotelacademie.be and use this discount voucher ‘ABC123’. You will get 8% discount on the usual rate.