📷 Tour: Essential Brugge

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This city centre tour is all about Brugge's historical heart, a breathtaking and timeless story on camera or otherwise.

As we take time on postcard-perfect sights on everything from the smallest (and sweetest!) bridge to medieval hospitals to swans at the Lake of Love and more. Be assured, you’ll get the essential locations and facts of this timeless city beyond equal.

Offered exclusively as a private tour for fully flexible start time and focus, your guide Andy guarantees a fully customised experience: Locations to learning to Brugge history (past and present) to photo experience... and beyond. 

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  • A wide angle shot a boats and the view of the "postcard perfect" Rozenhoedkaai in Bruges Belgium. Photo by Photo Tour Brugge.
  • The beautiful Behijnhof (nunnery) of Bruges Belgium in fall, lovely rows of white houses with trees offering a new view with every season. Photo by Photo Tour Brugge.

Brugge Photo Locations & Themes

Burg 📷 local life 📷 Rozenhoedkaai 📷 classic sights  📷 Bonifacius Bridge 📷 street life  📷 Behijnhof 📷 urban landscapes 📷 Church of Our Lady 

Start @

3hr Private Tour
Flexible start time (8am-9pm)
Best to avoid crowds: Before 10am

Meet @

Default: Burg Square 📍
or where it suits your plans.

Finish @

Church of Our Lady 📍
or where you need to be.

Prices & Group Sizes

Open tours: 60€ per guest, 4 guests max.
Private tours: 220€ per tour, 4 guests included

Private tour for 5 or more guests? Contact us.

Casual to Pro

Since 2012 & with over 2000+ guests, our photo tours truly suit ALL levels & interests in photography.

Need Proof? Read our reviews...

+1 “Non Camera” Friend

Open tours include an optional +1 “non camera” friend per booking at no cost.

More info on +1 Non Camera Friend

Going Out in Brugge

Photos or otherwise: We're here to look after you.
Our 100% honest food, drink & shopping tips.

(Included with tour booking confirmation)

Your Guide Andy

Pro photographer, guide, coach, adopted local.
1000% loves his job: Loving everything in photography.

More about Andy McSweeney

Latest Guest Reviews

Kelly V. AvatarKelly V. -
My husband booked an evening photo tour with Andy - it was wonderful! I'm not a photographer but came along as the "plus 1" as I knew it would also be informative and interesting. Andy took us to some key photo spots as the light changed through the evening. My husband enjoyed learning from Andy's experience and his "tips" to improve the photos. It was a fun evening that we both enjoyed. Andy was very pleasant, interesting and entertaining. He also provided suggestions for places to visit / eat / drink over the next few days. - 14/05/24 
Darcy P. AvatarDarcy P. -
Booded a two hour session with Andy after spotting his brochure in our hotel. Best 60 Euros I spent in my 6 weeks in Europe. Thoroughly enjoyable, Andy was very helpful, made wonderful suggestions and thoughtful critique, as well as providing great locations in the quieter part of town. Helped me explore wide angle photography which I had previously tended to avoid. - 12/05/24 
Peter W AvatarPeter W. -
Cordoba, Spain
5 star rating A great experience with stunning shots of Bruges as a bonus. Booded a two hour session with Andy after spotting his brochure in our hotel. Best 60 Euros I spent in my 6 weeks in Europe. Thoroughly enjoyable, Andy was very helpful, made wonderful suggestions and thoughtful critique, as well as providing great locations in the quieter part of town. Helped me explore wide angle photography which I had previously tended to avoid. - 12/05/24 

Open Photo Tours

Open group tours offer a superb way to connect to Brugge for photos in a small group, maybe even meet a new photo friend.

60€ per photographer

2hr open tour based on our usual route.
Maximum 4 photographers per open tour.
Fixed start time from the usual meeting point.
Free reschedule up to 24hrs before tour).
+1 “non camera friend” can join for free.
After-tour Brugge tips & nice goodies.

Private Photo Tours

Private tours are a fully focused view of Brugge & our time together with the cameras. (more info).

220€ per private tour

3hr private tour on our route or to your requests.
Includes 4 guests of your choice, more on request.
Flexible start: Listed time or as it suits you.
Free cancellation (up to 24hrs before tour).
Free reschedule (up to 2hrs before tour).

Flexible meeting: Our usual spot or as suits you.

Personalised balance of locations and  learning.
Printed Brugge map & after-tour tips & goodies.
Extra love, care & special surprises...

About Photo Tour Brugge

Top rated since 2012, Photo Tour Brugge is the original city tour and photography workshop in beautiful Brugge (Bruges) Belgium for ALL photographers, casual to pro.

Founded and led by pro travel photographer Andy McSweeney, Andy offers daily small-group open or private photo tours for a fresh perspective on seeing the nuance of our stunning city and travel photography.

With full focus on a personal and quality experience, Andy helps you discover the story and facts of Brugge, shows sample photos on location and advice customised to your experience and interest.

Brugge Photo Locations

Our tours are planned for locations with visual delight in the right light, as well as representing the history and life of Brugge.

With 4 tour options to cover a variety of spaces and themes (Edges of Brugge, Essential Brugge, Hidden Brugge, Shades of Brugge), your options towards covering the rich tapestry of the top Brugge photo spots are plentiful.

From the quiet canals to the heart of the main sights, we're here to help you get to the best shot.

The Bonaficus bridge (smallest bridge in Bruges Belgium) at sunrise in spring. Photo by Photo Tour Brugge.

Brugge History Tour

While Andy makes no illusion of being a certified history guide, he knows more than a bit about Brugge both for the historical facts and what modern life is like in his long-ago adopted home.

Andy shares the now-and-then of it all with what he's learned over the ages, 100% confirmed as correct from his own studies and personal experience discovering the city since settling in 2002.

And yes: Some local legends and maybe even a bit of Brugge gossip to entertain between stops and shots, it's all about discovering the story as far as we see it!

A crowd of visitors inspect the facade of the city hall (Stad) in Bruges Belgium as the rain sets the mood. Photo by Photo Tour Brugge.

About Andy, Your Brugge Photo Guide

Professional creative travel photographer Andy McSweeney is a Canadian expat settled in Brugge since 2002 (of course due to marrying a lovely local!) and offering the top Brugge photography stops and photo coaching as Photo Tour Brugge since 2012.

Out of Montreal since 1994 and with many travels before that settling to Brugge, this "adopted" local has grown a deep love for Brugge and photography while savouring some further travels between soaking in the Bourgogne life of this timeless city.

Andy loves to photograph with an feel for honest intimacy with a style of simplicity and clarity, often using wide lenses and up-close framing to make environmental shots that both soak in the subject as well as the surroundings that matter.

Andy freely shares his entirely optional and personalised photography advice on tour to further your own photography, decades of experience at hand and only down to what you want to focus on. 

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What is a “Photo Tour”?

A photo tour is at heart a walking city tour combined with a photography workshop towards discovering locations and improving photo results both on tour and afterwards.

Photo Tour Brugge offers you a chance to discover Brugge in a photo-focused way, as well as a chance to pick up a few (optional) tips towards better photography. With both ‘open’ and private photo tours on offer, we humbly believe we offer a photo tour for all photographers..

See our home page (here) for more details.

General Cancellation Policy

  • Open Photo Tours: Open tours are non-refundable after booking as part of the competitive pricing of this offer. However, open tour tickets may be freely rescheduled* or exchanged for a full value voucher until 24hrs before tour.
  • Private Photo Tours: Private tours include free cancellation until 24hrs before tour, also free rescheduling* until 4hrs before tour.
  • Photo Shoots: Photo Shoots include free cancellation until 24hrs beforehand, also free rescheduling* until 4hrs beforehand.

*Rescheduling: We are flexible beyond the stated conditions as possible, always happy to consider unusual circumstances.

What if it rains?

Our photo tours generally operate rain or shine.

In light rain we push through with umbrellas, and even help you improve your technique in the wet. If the rain gets too serious we’ll then either move inside for indoor shooting and/or photo-talk over a coffee at a cozy café.

Please note: Bookings for open photo tours are non-refundable except at our discretion. However, we also understand the rain can “suck hard for photos” and offer a 50% refund up to the start of the tour if there is water on the ground and you wish to cancel.

If -we- cancel due to heavy/unsafe weather, you are offered a 100% refund and our thanks for your understanding.

From our open tours to private tours, very single photo tour offers a personalised balance to the Brugge photo locations we visit and the photo learning Andy shares to those interested.

Open photo tour? with a maximum of 4 guests we offer general info to the group before individual questions as everyone explores the spot we stop at.

Private tour or group tour? Same story and high chance you'll know each other and share similar requests on what we get into.

From casual smartphone to seasoned professional, our photo tours are truly built for all photographers!

If you're keeping it casual (or looking to level up), we'll logically explain the essentials of story, light and composition that outclass a huge camera anytime, also show you practical tips for your phone or camera for better photo results.

Already bitten by the photo bug? your guide Andy will happily share top locations in light you'll love and (entirely optional!) advice that may help develop your photo skills both in Brugge and beyond.

Fully focused and know what you want? Our top Brugge photo locations will certainly still keep you busy, the (still optional!) photo advice will be either advanced or we'll fill you in further on our lovely city. Yes, we don't talk the entire time. ;)

Our photo tours meet by default at the Basilica of the Holy Blood on the Burg Square.

Private photo tours include 100% flexible meeting point within the city ring.

Please see full Burg meeting point details via this page.

The Best Portrait Photo Shoot in Brugge

What better way to remember your time in Brugge than with a photo shoot?

Our portrait photo shoots are here to make you smile, on camera and beyond.

  • Multiple options (below) and personalised to getting you the perfect shot.
  • Top 3 photos sent within 48hrs, full results delivered within 14 days.
  • +10yr pro Brugge portrait photographer Andy McSweeney, here to help.

Don't just have your photo taken: Make moments to remember...


Portrait Photos in Brugge

ִ» Professional travel portrait photography.
ִ» Families to lovers to goin' it solo.
ִ» You, in Brugge, looking awesome!

Fun Getting the Photo

ִ» We specialise in natural moments.
ִ» Non-models welcome & help waiting.
ִ» Brugge facts & fun to make you smile.

Your Pro Photographer Andy

ִ» Pro portrait photographer Andy McSweeney.
ִ» Adopted as local to Brugge since 2002.
ִ» Canadian expat who feels you on travel vibes. ;)

Photo Shoots in Brugge

The Tour for ALL Photographers!

Casual beginner to seasoned pro: all are welcome.
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