BEAUTIFUL BRUGES, BELGIUM
In the northwest part of Belgium lies canal-based Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A city since Roman times, Bruges has a strategic location, important in history as well as today for travelers. Most of the medieval architecture is intact and this makes Bruges a wonderful place to spend a few days.
Things to see:
- The Church of Our Lady has Michelangelo’s sculpture Madonna and Child, the only piece to have left Italy during his lifetime.
- The Belfry – dates from the 13th century with a carillon of 48 bells (free concerts).
- Check out the beautiful lace shops. (‘t Apostelientje is off the beaten path, authentic).
- The Burg – a beautiful square with the palace of the Counts of Flanders.
- Markt – large square with many open air restaurants, beautiful old buildings.
Try a museum:
- Folklore Museum – learn about 17th century Bruges (Thursdays – fresh sweets).
- Groeninge Museum – Flemish paintings.
- Salvador Dali Exhibition – can be seen in an hour.
Do something fun:
- Choco-story – a chocolate museum with sample pralines made as you watch.
- Canal tour – See this fairy tale city from the water.
- Ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Sample the cuisine:
- Kaffee Pergola – romantic café right on a beautiful canal.
- Bar Choc – a café devoted to chocolate: fondue, pancakes, rabbit in chocolate sauce.
- In’t Nieuwe Museum – family run, cooks meat in a 17th century fireplace at night.
- ‘t Brugs Beertje – “a perfect beer-bar” with a book full of brews to choose from.
- all things “Tintin”, Belgium’s favorite character
Using Bruges as a base (less expensive), easy day trips can be done to:
In this beautiful city, “the Venice of the North”, take time to walk, have a coffee, take pictures, catch a concert and count swans as you decompress from the stresses of travel.