Site Oud Sint-Jan
Mariastraat 38, B-8000 Brugge
Tel: +32 (0)50 476 100
Fax: +32 (0)50 476 101
Liability and Insurance
The Meeting Secretariat and organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons, either during or indirectly arising from the CIPP XIII.
Bruges enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year, though summer (June to August) is the hottest season with maximum temperatures often hitting 25°C.
Regulations for Foreign Visitors to Belgium
Some participants might request Visas in order to access to the country.
Please check with your local Belgium Embassy.
The Euro is the standard currency unit.
Information Service: Phone +32 2 753 77 53
Distance from the airport to the city centre: 45 minutes.
AIRPORT BRUSSELS – CITY CENTRE BRUGES CONNECTION:
- By train: Take the train to Brussels ‘Zuid / Midi’ station. There you need to change trains and take the train in the direction of Brugge, De Panne, Knokke or Oostende. The first stop is Ghent, the second is Bruges
ABOUT THE CITY
Bruges is called : ‘the Venice of the North’. This splendid medieval city is one of Belgium’s crown jewels. In no other European city the feel and the look of medieval times are so present as here in this city close to the North Sea.
Today’s Bruges has a population of about 45.000 people (the old center) or 120.000 people (center together with the suburbs). These numbers clearly show that Bruges is not a tiny miniature city. It ranks, even today, among the important cities of Belgium. It is also the capital of the Belgian province of West-Flanders. A lot of people take daytrips from Brussels to Bruges, but there is to much to see here to fill only 1 day. The best way to visit Bruges is to spend at least one night in one of the many beautiful and cozy hotels. Later in the evening, when all the tourists have gone, Bruges finds back its charm and quiet of old times. When one is lucky with the weather, a stroll through the tiny medieval streets can be an enchanting experience. Bruges is always beautiful, in the summertime as well as in the wintertime. Lucky visitors will never forget the city after they have seen it on a snowy December or January day.
Bruges is unique, in the sense that here the town authorities have done the utmost to preserve the medieval-looking image of the city. Of course, not every stone in Bruges has come to us straight from the Middle-Ages. The 19th century neo-gothic style is more present than one should think. Because of these 19th century renovations, some critics have put Bruges down as a ‘fake’ medieval city. Nevertheless, the combination of old, not so old and new fascinates everyone who first sets foot in Bruges.
HISTORY OF BRUGES
Bruges (Brugge) was founded in the 9th century by Vikings who settled here at the end of the little river ‘de Reie’. The name Bruges is probably derived from the old-Scandinavian word ‘Brygga’, which means ‘harbor, or mooring place’. Because of the proximity of the North Sea, the settlement very quickly became an important international harbor. A sea-arm, called the Zwin, connected Bruges with the North Sea. The young settlement acquired city rights as early as the 12th century. At that time a first protective wall was built around Bruges. Soon, however, the Zwin started to silt up. This would have caused major problems for the city, were it not that Bruges adapted itself to this situation by creating outports in Damme and in Sluis. Moreover, transport of goods over land became more and more usual. In the 14th century Bruges became the starting point of a commercial transport road to the Rhineland (over Brussels and Leuven, cities in Brabant which also started to flourish because of this trade).