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A small harbour town that is considered part of the larger metropolitan area of Bruges, Zeebrugge is nonetheless an interesting prospect for tourists, especially as part of a wider tour of the Flanders region.

Getting there

Th​ere is no direct DFDS ferry to Belgium, however if you live in the north of England or Scotland and you’re travelling to Zeebrugge or Bruges, then our Newcastle-Amsterdam route is ideal. With daily, overnight departures, you can get to Zeebrugge in just 3 hours from our IJmuiden port. If you live in the south of England, then our routes from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais are perfect, with both ports just over an hour away from Zeebrugge.

Why visit Zeebrugge?

Kite flying in ZeebruggeWith no ferries to Belgium a ferry to Amsterdam and short drive to Zeebrugge is often used as the perfect starting point for exploring the Flanders region further, but the town has enough to warrant visitors on its own merit. As an important harbour in the First and Second World Wars, Zeebrugge has plenty of stories for history buffs to discover.

Other than that, Zeebrugge is a relaxed harbour and seaside town, with a pretty beach and plenty of spots for fishing, sailing and other water sports.

What to see in Zeebrugge

Zeebrugge beachAny tourists interested in military history should head to the harbour, where you can visit the Russian submarine, Foxtrot. Standing at a mighty 100 metres long, visitors can get a hands-on look at how the ship’s 75 crewmembers lived and worked on a day-to-day basis. The tour takes 2 hours and includes an animation which simulates an attack on the ship, as well as audio-visual clips which help bring the boat to life.   

The former fish market was converted into a maritime theme park called Seafront Zeebrugge, including a tunnel where you can walk under the sea and discover all the flora and fauna of the region from a totally unique perspective.

Where to stay in Zeebrugge

There are a number of hotels in Zeebrugge, so finding somewhere to stay is simple with our partner booking.com.

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