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Oud sint Jan, Bruges

The Old St. John Congress and Event Centre is located in a historic 19th century hospital. The same site also contains the building in which one of the earliest infirmaries in medieval Europe was founded. Visitors to our location can therefore enjoy the experience offered by one of the most impressive pieces of medical heritage anywhere in the world.


The medieval St. John’s Hospital was once the largest institution in the city for the care of the sick, the poor and the needy. Using stories, artefacts and works of art, visitors to the St. John’s Hospital Memling Museum can look back on 800 years of medical history.

Later, a new hospital was built on the same site. From the 19th century until 1976, the Old St. John Hospital was one of Bruges primary medical facilities, with large communal wards for the treatment of patients. These wards have now been renovated and transformed into multi-functional spaces, whose unique background gives an interesting ‘twist’ to any event.

Zonnekemeers (parking)
B-8000 Brugge

Tel: +32 (0)50 476 100
Fax: +32 (0)50 476 101



There are many hotels of all prices in Bruges, however it is a very touristic city and June is a busy month.  We would recommend you start booking your accommodation sooner rather than later.

We have booked the hotel Le Bois de Bruges for the speakers and steering committee and they have very kindly offered to keep rooms for delegates as well.  The conditions are as follows and I would recommend you book quickly:

Rooms from 23/06 – 26/06/24 – first release date 10 weeks before arrival (15 April)


Double room – single use: 189 Euro

Double room – double use: 209 Euro

Breakfast included

City tax: 4 Euro per person per night

Participants can book by email and mention the code ESM – email address:

Participants pay their own accounts – credit card is needed for reservation (guarantee)

Cancellation without charges until 7 days before arrival

No show will be charged the complete stay

BCO Congresos has been designated as the official accommodation agency for the 44th ANNUAL CONGRESS of the European Society of Mycobacteriology


Book your accommodation now at:


Given Bruges' popularity as a tourist destination we recommend you make your reservation as early as possible to ensure access to a wide range of well priced, quality options.


For group bookings of 5 or more rooms, please contact Bco Congresos directly for availability and conditions.


Contact by email:

Or by phone: +34 938 823 878

Important note: 

Please be aware of counterfeit websites and unauthorised agencies that may pose as an official partner. 

We recommend using the official housing agency, BCO Congresos to book rooms for the 44th ANNUAL CONGRESS of the European Society of Mycobacteriology

How to get there?

By car or public transport

People travelling by car can park in the Zonnekemeers car park. There are also other car parks nearby: Parking Centrum Zand or Parking Centrum Station.

The Old St. John Site is just a 10-minute walk from the main railway station. When you leave the station (on the city centre side), you cross over the station square and follow the signposts via the Oostmeers until you arrive at the Zonnekemeers.


On foot

The entrance on the Zonnekemeers is a 10-minute walk from the main railway station. The entrance on the Mariastraat is opposite the Church of Our Lady, in the middle of the city centre.

By plane

The national airport Brussels Airport-Zaventem serves more than 200 destinations in 66 countries every day. By train, you can get to Bruges in no time from the airport.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport, on the other hand, organises several low-cost flights from European cities and regions. Bus company is introducing a direct shuttle service between Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Bruges.

By train

You can easily travel to Bruges by rail from the major national stations including Brussels airport and from a great many international hubs. Which train service you take depends on your foreign location.

By coach

Several bus companies organise an international connection to Bruges from the main transport hubs and foreign cities.

  • At, you have 12 direct connections to and from Brussels South Charleroi Airport. The stop is located at the rear of the station, on Rue du Chemin de Fer.

  • BlaBlaCar organizes frequent connections between Paris and Bruges.

  • FLiXBUS also stops at the rear of the station. From Bruges, this bus service stops at the Brussels-South and Lille Europe stations. In addition, the bus will take you to Frankfurt Airport (terminal 2), Cologne Airport, Brussels Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport.

FLiXBUS also runs to and from many major cities: Dortmund, Brest, Boulogne-sur-mer, Prague and Paris, as well as Eindhoven, Maastricht, Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Göttingen, Hamburg, Aachen, Essen, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Würzburg, Nürnberg, Tourcoing, Dunkerque, Calais, Berck, Le Touquet, Rennes, Ploermel, Vannes, Lorient, Concerneau, Quimper and Chateaulin.

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