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ATMs -- The easiest and cheapest way to get cash overseas is through an ATM—the CIRRUS and PLUS networks span the globe. Although some debit and credit cards can be used overseas without incurring charges, most banks charge a fee for international withdrawals—check with your bank before you leave home, and find out your daily limit. There are ATMs all over Bruges.

Business Hours -- Stores usually open from 10am to 6 or 6:30pm Monday through Saturday. Some open Sunday afternoon, and those in the center of the city will open all day on Sunday in summer. Most museums close on Monday, but not the Stadhuis, Belfort, or churches. Everywhere is closed January 1, Ascension Day in the afternoon, and December 25.

Consulates -- Consulates and embassies are all in Brussels .

Emergencies -- For any emergency (fire, police, ambulance), the number is tel 112 from any land line or cellphone. For 24-hour urgent but nonemergency medical services, call tel 078/151-590; for dental services, call tel 0903/39969. To report a theft, call tel 050/448-844. Residents of E.U. countries must have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive full health-care benefits in Belgium.

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Internet Access -- Most hotels in Bruges offer Wi-Fi access for free. There’s free, blanket broadband coverage of the city center and most cafes and restaurants also provide Wi-Fi hotspots.

Pharmacies -- Pharmacies are called apotheek in Flanders. Regular hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm (some close earlier Sat). Try Steve Baert, Wollestraat 7 (tel 050/336-474), just south of the Markt. All chemists have details of the nearby all-night and Sunday drug-dispensing pharmacies posted on the door.

Post Office -- The main post office, BPost Markt, is at Markt 5 (tel 050/331-411); it is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.