The Brugge Port is situated in a suburb of Bruges, Belgium and is the most important seaport in the country in terms of trade and transportation. What’s more, with its strategic position on the southern coast of the busiest sea in the world, the North Sea, and an annual cargo of 42 million tons, the Port has also become one of the main centers of West European commerce and an important junction for hundreds of thousands of travelers. At present, the Port employs 11,000 workers who handle over 10,000 ship moorings per year.
Transportation to the Port
If you are currently in Great Britain, the easiest way to reach the Port is to board on the Hull-Zeebrugge ferry, which operates on a daily basis (Zeebrugge is Dutch for “Sea Brugge”). You can also book a flight to the airport in Brussels and cover the 65 miles to the Port by car, bus, or train. If you are situated in the Netherlands, Belgium, the western part of Germany or France, car or bus would be the most suitable means of transportation (from Bruges to Amsterdam it is 107 miles, to Lille - 40 miles, to Cologne - 163 miles; all of these distances will not take you more than a couple of hours at most).
Tourist Sights and Attractions
Founded more than 2 000 years ago, the city of Bruges has a lot to offer to its visitors.
The biggest attraction of the Port is its Maritime Park which spreads over Zeebrugge’s old fish market area. There, you will be able to take a walk along peaceful, old quays, enjoy a delicious fish meal in one of the numerous cozy restaurants, or have a pint of beer in an authentic sailor’s pub. The star of the Park is a 100-meter long Russian submarine which allows its visitors to experience the hard life of the Russian crew that operated it decades ago. Quite near the submarine is the large building of the old fish market which hosts hundreds of photos, lifelike scenes, and video projections showing the simple but arduous everyday existence of the Port’s inhabitants from centuries ago.
From the old fish market, you can also book a boat trip along the Port’s coastline, which visits all of the Port’s major sights.
Basilica of the Holy Blood
This small church was build between 1134 and 1157 in the gorgeous, ornate architectural style of the time. Among its prized possessions is supposedly a remarkable Christian relic - a modicum of Christ’s blood - which was brought from the Holy Land in the 12th century.
The beautiful building of the museum houses 6-centuries worth of Dutch and Flemish paintings whose most famous representatives are Jan van Eyck, Dieric Bouts and Jan Provoost.
Situated in the very heart of the city, Burg Square is a feast for lovers of exquisite architecture as numerous Renaissance buildings enclose its premises. There, you will find the fabulous City Hall with its high turrets and steep roof, a prime example of the Gothic style of building.