One of Belgium’s most beautiful and romantic cities, Bruges is a popular destination and a must-visit getaway for any traveler to Europe. Why? Because this small UNESCO listed city is packed with tons of attractions, and being small in size, it can be easily toured in two-three days without any panic that there will be time to see and do all the city has to offer.
Who is going to love this place? Families with kids, seeking child-friendly getaways – surely. Fans of art, architecture and history – absolutely. Lovers of nature, culture and romance – definitely. Whether it’s enjoying the panorama from the 13th-century Belfort, or laughing through the English Theatre of Bruges, you will find no shortage of ways to fill your holiday in Bruges with unforgettable memories.
The capital of West Flanders province, Bruges is located on the little river Reie, some 12 kilometers south of the Sea port of Zeebrugge to which it’s linked by the Boudewijn-Kannal. The city has an amazing network of misty canals and takes its name from its bridges with more than 50 crossing its canals. Bruges is also the birthplace of Flemish painting, giving its nickname ‘Venice of the North.’
Often jammed with locals and foreign travelers from around the world, one might think that Bruges is an expensive getaway, but it’s not so. The city is a truly affordable destination with many free attractions and budget hotels scattered in all over the city. Even the most luxurious hotels often come with discounted prices so that travelers can have a wonderful experience without breaking the banks. But if you are truly short of money, you can go at least a few blocks away from the main squares in the city center to save money especially on food and accommodation options.
You can get even more out of your stay at Bruges, if you take Bruges City Card, which will enable you to access more than 25 museums, places of interest and attractions, free round trip on the canals, discount on must-see concerts, dance and theatre performances and this is just the beginning.
No matter how long you’ll stay at this marvelous city, there are some notable attractions that are essential to get an idea about Bruges. They include Grote Markt – the main square of Bruges, famous for its imposing Belfort, from the top of which (after climbing 366 steps) you can enjoy incredible views of the city; Burg Square – another pedestrian area that dates back to Medieval era; Heilig-Bloedbasiliek or Basilica of the Holy Blood – a beautiful Gothic style church, housing a relic, a vial of blood that is said to be that of Jesus; Cathedral of the Holy Savior – home to Michelangelo’s exquisite sculpture entitled ‘Madonna and Child;’ and Church of Notre-Dame among others.
No trip to Bruges is complete without a visit to the De Halve Maan brewery where you will learn about the process involved in brewing a premium Belgian beer and, of course, trying it. And if you are one looking for a pleasant location for a meal, do not look further, as you will find five pleasant dining areas at the De Halve Maan.
Bruges is also famous for its love spots and green area where you can enjoy and relax at your heart’s content. From fascinating walks along the spectacular canal breaks and fascinating boat tours, to unforgettable horse and buggy rides, to a wide range of world-famous Belgian chocolate, there are many ways to love and feel loved in Burges. And if you happen to visit Bruges November through January, do not miss out the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival, where a team of artists set about sculpting over three hundred tons of clear ice.