Best Time to Visit Bruges


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The moderate climate in Bruges enables visitors to enjoy the city year-round, but winters can be brisk, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s, from November through March. November is also the rainiest month, with an average of 10 inches of precipitation.

Spring is high season, when the flowers bud and the cooler temperatures recede. Daytime averages in May and June run in the mid-60s. In the summer, another popular time to visit Bruges, temperatures pleasantly hover in the 70s. But summer rains are also common.

An interesting array of events and festivals add flavor to a sojourn in Bruges. November’s Bruges Chocolate Festival tempts the palate with the rich, dark Belgian stuff—not to mention live chocolate-making, chocolate sculptures, chocolate body painting, and demonstrations for cooking with chocolate. In June, the epic Procession of the Holy Blood, an event running since 1150 A.D., celebrates one of Belgium’s sacred relics, a stained cloth delivered by the Count of Flanders, allegedly used to wipe Christ’s wounds. This day, which includes theatrical reenactments of religious and historical moments, is a grand example of Bruges’s local history.