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"Bruges is famous for being cute and pretty, with cobbled streets and gorgeous old architecture."passportandpixels.com
"Bruges is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and has remained practically unchanged since its heyday."stridetravel.com
"Bruges is all canals and is one of the cutest towns you'll ever see."anadventurousworld.com
"Bruges is one of the prettiest, most romantic cities in Europe."thirstyjourneys.com
"Bruges is one of the most well preserved medieval cities in Europe, with stunning squares and laneways to explore together."wanderlustmarriage.com
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Northwest Belgium

Brugess location

Bruges at a glance

Historic
Culture
Harbour
Food
Very Touristic
Romantic
Architecture
Shopping
Film Shoot

117,000

Population

2-3 nights

Recommended

Moderate (4 of 5)

Level of costs

Around Bruges

Airports:

Ostend-Bruges International Airport (OST)

Flanders International Airport (KJK)

Lille-Lesquin Airport (LIL)

About Bruges

Bruges is often referred to as ‘The Venice of the North’ and you’ll understand why when you slip through its dream-like medieval streets, wander past swans in canals and admire the magnificent Burg central square. It is deservedly a very popular destination and hosts a variety of museums and other sites of interest.

In the 13th century Bruges was a thriving city, depending on river-borne trade for its prosperity. However, the silting up of its river and rivalry with Antwerp put an end to its expansion. Its decline was both rapid and irreversible. As a result, the medieval town is astonishingly well preserved with numerous impressive buildings and the original street patterns. Stroll between the town’s two medieval cores, the Markt and the Burg, admiring the Town Hall built in 1370. For spectacular views over the rooftops, climb the 366 stairs of the mighty central belfort and then saunter over to the Basilica of the Holy Blood also located on the square. Check out the impressive collection of medieval paintings at the Groeninge Museum and enter the atmospheric Onze Lieve Vrouwe Church which contains a wonderful Madonna and Child sculpted by the young Michelangelo. The Gruuthuse Museum holds an impressive collection of medieval artefacts and is a fascinating way to explore the town’s history. The 14th century Stadhuis Museum features both fine paintings and furniture. Be sure to admire St. Ursula's shrine by Hans Memling and the magnificent oak fireplace in the Old Recorder’s house on Burg Square.

Wander along the many canals that run through the town and catch the atmosphere of the religious, poverty-stricken town of the 19th century. Bruges is still home to a number of religious institutions for unmarried women. You might spot one of their mysterious, black-clad number stealing into a gateway or praying in one of the town’s many chapels. As you stroll down one of the narrow paths or slip into a melancholic alley you may understand why Bruges was known as ‘Bruges the Dead’. The modern-day town is certainly less sombre. The streets around the Burg have great shops. Search for fine Belgian lace or sample the wonderful local chocolate. Then relax in one of the splendid 19th century cafés on the square and sip a powerful Belgian beer. At that moment you’ll see why atmosphere, history and pleasure come together to make Bruges one of Europe’s most popular towns.

Things to do

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Bruges

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Bruges is gorgeous. Its medieval streets radiate out from attractive squares, there are cobblestones with horses clomping by, and

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See Market Square

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Eat & drink

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Worth to visit

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Why Visit

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Yes! I highly recommend visiting Bruges. The city is beautiful, compact and peaceful. The hospitality is superb, and there is a fo

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General

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Itinerary

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Costs

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The price for a dorm bed in a hostel ranges between €20 and €30 per bed while prices for private rooms start at about €50. You’ll

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Accommodation

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