Magical Bruges

A fairy-tale medieval town Bruges is on the Northwest side of Belgium. Often called the “Venice of the North”, the city is one of most charming European destinations. For centuries it was an international metropolis thanks to its port and connections through its canals to the North Sea.

Bruges has Flemish historical buildings, brick-Gothic houses, medieval canals, little streets and paved squares. Therefore, it is a UNESCO World Heritage City.

What to see 

The centre of Bruges offers numerous interesting spots like Arentshof Square and Bonifacius Bridge from the early 20th century. This area is a combination of history and romance. For example, from here visitors can enjoy the view of the Church of Our Lady and the Gruuthuse palace. They can also walk around little alleys with tall green trees and boats passing by.  Moreover, the Church of Our Lady, from the 13th century, displays Michelangelo’s opera Madonna and Child.

Another magical corner is the Quay of the Rosary (Rozenhoedkaai), where the Groenerei and Dijver canals meet. Secondarily, very close, there is the Tanners Square, a cozy square with cafes and art galleries. Then, the Fish Market, Rozenhoedkaai near wooden bridges, has buildings and shops with unique facades. Furthermore, Vismarkt (Fish Market) is a covered colonnade from 1821, and was the spot for selling fresh fish. Today it is still the place where to buy or try seafood delights.

After all, the most romantic area of Bruges is Groenerei, the green canal. Along the canal there are historic buildings surrounded by trees, vines and colorful flowers.

Outside Bruges

Brugse Vesten is in the North side of the city and it is a green area, as a ring around the city. Travellers can enjoy a walk and see four remaining windmills and several medieval town gates.

Just south of the city ring road visit the Xpo Center Bruges, an art museum set in the historical St. John’s Hospital. With high-quality cultural and scientific shows, this museum has a permanent exhibition of Picasso. For example, here it is possible to see over 300 original graphic works between 1930 and 1970.

In the South side, not far away from Minnewater Park, travellers can visit the Begijnhof (Beguinage). This is a group of gothic style white houses founded in 1245. Once they were home of Beguinage, a movement of single or widowed women living in simplicity and poverty. Meanwhile, today it is a convent of nuns of the Order of St. Benedict.

And after a day riding or walking around Bruges, Minnewater Park is the perfect place to relax with families or loved ones. Furthermore, the Lake Of Love is in the centre of the park, with trees and swans, the symbol of the city.

With gastronomic bistros and restaurants, Bruges is a culinary destination and offers traditional and exotic food. The city is also famous for chocolate shops and for the Chocolate Museum. Here visitors will learn about the history of cocoa and chocolate.

Bruges is a small town, easy to visit and to walk around, offering different tours. But to experience  its romantic glamour, travellers can enjoy a boat trip or a horse-drawn carriage.

Info: https://www.visitbruges.be/en

Photo credit: © Toerisme Brugge, Jan D’Hondt