Bruges, Picture Perfect

When one imagines Belgium, they often are thinking of Bruges. Canals loop across the town like a string of pearls, creating the well-earned moniker of 'the Venice of the North'. With cobblestone paths, brick archways, stone churches and quaint bridges, it’s nearly impossible to take a bad photograph. The addition of swans on the water, horse drawn carriages in the lanes and daffodils in the park make it nearly magical.

Listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bruges has the best-preserved example of a medieval city centre, with its bell tower leaving over the wide open market. With the centre closed off to cars, all the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city can be easily explored on foot, although a boat ride along the quiet canals is something not to be missed.

While a small city, to truly uncover the many pleasures around each corner, from lace boutiques and chocolates shops to architectural and historical treasures, give yourself plenty of time to get happily lost.

Info Point

Mariastraat 40, 8000 Bruges T: +32 50 44 46 46
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Top 5 things to do

  1. Bruges Beguinage
    The Beguinages, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margeretha of Constantinople, is now home to an order of Benedictine nuns. - See more at: http://www.visitflanders.co.uk/discover/cities/Bruges/top-5-things-to-do/#sthash.xJxHyOEt.dpuf
    The Beguinage, on the UNESCO World Heritage list , and founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margeretha of Constantinople, is now home to an order of Benedictine nuns.
    The Beguinages, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margeretha of Constantinople, is now home to an order of Benedictine nuns. - See more at: http://www.visitflanders.co.uk/discover/cities/Bruges/top-5-things-to-do/#sthash.xJxHyOEt.dpuf
    • The Beguinages, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margeretha of Constantinople, is now home to an order of Benedictine nuns.

    • - See more at: http://www.visitflanders.co.uk/discover/cities/Bruges/top-5-things-to-do/#sthash.FHRoG3ZQ.dpuf
  2. Chocolate
    Bruges counts no less than 55 chocolate shops and a chocolate museum. Make sure to stop by the infamous Master Shock-o-Latier, Dominique Persoone's chocolate shop, The Chocolate Line.
  3. Brewery De Halve Maan
    Quench your thirst at Halve Maan Brewery, a family-owned brewery and creator of the famous 'Brugse Zot' beer.
  4. Bruges Belfry
    Climb the 366 stairs all the way to the top of the Belfry and enjoy the great view over the Market Square.
  5. Bruges Historium
    Learn more about the rich history of Bruges in the Historium exhibition which stimulates your 5 senses or embrace the beautiful art of the Flemish Primitives in the Groeninge Museum.
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