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Fly into the fairytale city of Bruges

This month it’s all about Belgium and where better to start than the stunning capital of West Flanders, Bruges.

Looking like a fairytale city come to life, situated in northwest Belgium calmly lies the quaint, charming and beautiful city of Bruges. 120,000 people populate this city and whilst Bruges is small in size you’ll find it full of wonderful history, great restaurants and plenty to do and see on a short break.

Wander the Medieval Streets

Bruges has so many gorgeous streets that visitors could happily wander around for hours without a hint of boredom. There are historic churches, cobbled lanes, quietly bustling canals, whitewashed almshouses and plenty of typical Flemish architecture.

The majority of the city centre of Bruges is pedestrianised and is fairly compact so most places are walkable, leaving you with plenty of time to admire the colourful, crooked buildings and pretty shops.

Eat, Eat, Eat


It would be rude to go all the way to Bruges and not indulge in some Belgian chocolate and waffles, two of the specialities in the country. There are luxury chocolatiers dotted throughout the city where you can taste and purchase traditional favourites, as well as new and creative varieties. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Bruges also has a superb gastronomic and culinary scene, with no fewer than eight Michelin starred restaurants in the city. All of these Michelin starred eateries give the city one of the highest ratios of Michelin stars per capita in the world, making it the ideal place for those who know good food when they taste it. Be sure to try out Sans Cravate, Auberge de Herborist, Ter Leepe, Den Gouden Harynck and Hertog Jan, which has three Michelin stars to its name.

Beer culture is also massive in Bruges and there are several breweries to be found in and around the heart of the city. De Halve Maan is a renowned family-run brewery in the city centre and beer connoisseurs will also appreciate a visit to the Bruges Beer Museum, where you can learn all about the history of beer in Belgium.

Relax Somewhere Special


There are some incredible hotels in Bruges that offer something a little bit different from the usual 5-star hotels and resorts.

B&B Maison le Dragon is an exceptional guesthouse located within a beautifully refurbished 16th century mansion house in the historic part of the city. It is full of elegant antiques and quirky traditional features, yet has all of the amenities one could expect from a great hotel. La Maison Bruges, Hotel Dukes’ Palace Bruges and Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce are some of the other top hotels in the city where you’ll find everything you need for a luxury break.

Getting There

Charter a private jet to or from Bruges with Chapman Freeborn. We can handle your private jet charter requirements with safety, security and discretion.

The airports surrounding Bruges that are most popular with our clients are Flanders International Airport, Ostend-Bruges International Airport and Lille Airport.