5 top spots for photographers in Bruges

Jun 20, 2023

Bruges, often referred to as the “Venice of the North,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its enchanting medieval architecture, winding canals, and cobblestone streets. The city’s well-preserved historic centre takes visitors on a journey through time, immersing them in its rich cultural heritage.

Getting to Bruges is relatively easy, and there are several transportation options available. Brussels is 1 hour away with international connections. You can take a direct train from Brussels Midi/Zuid station to Bruges, or connect to other Belgian cities like Ghent and Antwerp, as well as international destinations like Amsterdam and Paris. Once you’ve arrived, the city can comfortably be explored on foot.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit and photograph Bruges several times, here are some of my top picks for photography.

Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium


One of the most photographed spots in Bruges, Rosenhoedkaai offers a postcard-perfect view of the city’s romantic canals. This charming quay is lined with picturesque medieval buildings and graceful willow trees, creating a picturesque scene that encapsulates the beauty and serenity of Bruges. It is a popular spot for visitors to take a leisurely stroll, enjoy a boat ride, or capture unforgettable memories against the backdrop of the idyllic canal. Shortly after sunset, the Belfort is illuminated, offering photographers opportunities to capture unforgettable blue hour images.

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History - Brussels, Belgium

The windmills of Bruges

Bruges is known for its picturesque windmills on the east of the city, a 20 minute walk from the tourist centre. These iconic structures provide a glimpse into the traditional methods of grain grinding and are a popular attraction for tourists and photographers alike.

Atomium - Brussels, Belgium

View from the Belfort

The Belfort, a medieval bell tower, stands tall in Bruges and offers panoramic views of the city. Dating back to the 13th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has an impressive tower that you can ascend for commanding cityscape views.

Berlaymont - Brussels, Belgium

The unusual museums of Bruges

Bruges is home to some of the world’s strangest museums, such as Frietmuseum (the museum of potato fries), Choco-Story (the museum of chocolate), and the Museum of Torture (self explanatory!).

Golden hour viewed from the Space Needle

Christmas in Bruges

Alright, this one is cheating a bit. Christmas turns Bruges into a real life fairytale, as the old houses are decorated with festive fairy lights and a festive market takes over the tourist centre. It is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most charming Christmas markets.

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