BUSINESSES’ OPENING HOURS IN BRUGES
Most of the clothing shops have regular timetables and they are open from 10:00h to 18:00h from Monday to Saturday. These shops are normally closed on Sunday and on public holidays.
The most touristic business as chocolate shops or souvenir shops are open seven days a week. Supermarkets are open until 20:00h. Bruges becomes a dead city around the end of the afternoon, and that is why is difficult to find anything open after 18:00h.
MUSEUM’S OPENING HOURS IN BRUGES
Most of the museums are open from 10:00h to 17:30h and they are closed on Monday. In any case, we recommend you to visit the website of each particular museum because the opening hours may be different depending on the museum.
CHURCHES’ OPENING HOURS IN BRUGES
The cathedral of Bruges and other churches in the city, as Our Lady of Bruges close always around 17:30 or 18:00. From 17:45, you will not be allowed to visit the inside of any of the churches. This is something important to know in order to plan your tours around the city.
TOURIST OFFICES’ OPENING HOURS IN BRUGES
Tourist offices are open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00h and 17:30h. They close at 14:00h on Sunday and on public holydays. The three main tourist offices in Bruges are located in the central train station, in the Zand square and in the Grote Markt, in the same building as the Historium Museum.
PUBLIC HOLYDAYS IN BRUGES
- 01/01 New year
- 06/01 Epiphany
- 28/03 Easter Monday
- 01/05 Labor Day
- 05/05 Ascension Day
- 11/07 Flemish Community Day
- 21/07 National Belgian Day
- 15/08 Assumption of the Virgin
- 01/11 All Saints Day
- 11/11 Armistice Day
- 25/12 Christmas
The most important celebration in Bruges is the Holy Blood Procession, held every year on the Ascension Day. The Holy Blood relic has been venerated in Bruges for eight centuries. In the past, they used to say that the blood became liquid from time to time, and this fact was declared a miracle by the pope Clement V. Around 1500 people take part every year in the procession and the performances are witnessed by 50.000 people. The bishop of Bruges is the one who carries the relic inside a gold and silver reliquary.