Bruges, Belgium

by | Mar 21, 2018

DANI CIUCA

Bruges is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country. In my short day visit in Bruges, this city captured my heart. Bruges is romantic and pretty, with canals, cobbled streets and gingerbread look a like houses. The historic city center is small. You can stroll from one side of to the other in half an hour. Full of museums, good restaurants, atmospheric bars and cafes, and tempting chocolate shops act that garnered it the title of a Unesco World Heritage City.

DOWNTOWN

Gorgeous Bruges attracts more than two million visitors every year. If you’re short of time on your Belgium travels, Bruges should be your number one stop. With its wealth of interesting old brick buildings and its canals, Bruges still retains a distinct medieval air.

When you visit Bruges you should know that you can see the historic city centre – the UNESCO World Heritage, a portion of Bruges which is only 4 km² – by walk or by bike.

When you visit Bruges do not miss the chance to experience the city by following an ageold tradition: a boat cruise on the city canals – the remarkable city arteries – you will discover secret gardens, picturesque bridges and wonderfully beautiful views.

The Belfry of Bruges, or Belfort, is a medieval bell tower in the historical center of Bruges and is one of the city’s most prominent symbols

The Market Square (Markt), in the shadow of the majestic belfry tower, was the scene of medieval festivals, fairs, tournaments, uprisings and executions. A place full of history!

One of the main attractions in Bruges, that dominates the city skyline, is The Church of Our Lady. With its 122 meters brick steeple, it is literally the ‘high spot’ of the stonemason’s art in medieval Bruges. It took two centuries (13th to 15th) to build this church. Among the many art treasures is a beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo.

Not to miss

1. Historic Center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its “outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement, which has maintained its historic fabric as this has evolved over the centuries.” Canals or cobblestone paths frame these medieval buildings (and gothic ones too), giving the area an old world feel;

2.Stroll along the colourful Markt. Bruges’ Market Square, oozes a whole lot of charm. It is surrounded by the cutest and most colourful buildings;

3.The Belfry – The most important of Bruges’ towers stands 83 meters tall. It will be worthed to climb the building’s 366 steps – the view of the city from above will be amazing;

4. Canal boat tour – Bruges is a city of canals and it is one of many European cities to have been nicknamed ‘The Venice of the North’;

5.Basilica of the Holy Blood. Inside the church you’ll find a phial made of rock crystal filled with blood that was brought to the city by Thierry of Alsace after the 12th century Second Crusade.

6. Church of Our Lady – Completed in the 15th century, the construction of this church took two centuries to construct, and the result is a soaring 381-foot brick spire (the largest in the world) that can be seen for miles. And there’s another artistic treasure inside: Michelangelo’s “Madonna and Child” sculpture.

How to get there.

By plane:
Bruges can easily be reached through the airports of Brussels (100km) and Charleroi (150km) in Belgium and Lille in France (100km).

By train:
From Brussels or Lille, getting to Bruges by train is by far the easiest way. Belgium’s main airport has its own railway station. From London – you can take the Eurostar – book online at eurostar.com. From Amsterdam or Paris, you can take Thalys – make enquiries at thalys.com.

By car:
Choose from a variety of routes, find detailed directions and calculate trip costs at wwww.ViaMichelin.com.

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