Beautiful Bruges: A European Gem
Bruges is a charming city in the northwest of Belgium known for its picturesque canals, beautiful architecture, and mouthwatering delicious chocolates. It’s a popular destination for tourists from all around the world, and for good reason. Whether you’re interested in exploring historic sites, indulging in chocolate and beer, or simply taking in the beauty of the city, Bruges has something for everyone. Here’s a guide to some of the best things to see, do, eat, and drink in Bruges, along with a recommendation for where to stay.
Bruges is a city steeped in history and culture and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. There are many cultural spots to visit during your stay. One of the highlights of Bruges is its historic architecture, which dates back to the medieval period. The city plays host to several beautiful churches and cathedrals, including the Church of Our Lady and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, home to a vial said to contain a cloth stained with the blood of Jesus Christ. Every May on Ascension day, the medieval Procession of the Holy Blood takes place in the streets of Bruges and attracts thousands of visitors and pilgrims from all around the world.
The city’s main square, the Markt, is also a must-see, with its impressive Belfry tower and historic buildings. Climb to the top of the Belfry and enjoy panoramic views of the city before hitting the Groeningemuseum. A must-visit for art lovers, it boasts an impressive collection of Flemish Primitive and Renaissance art. Take time for a stop at the Historium, a unique experience that allows visitors to explore the rich history of Bruges through interactive exhibits and multimedia displays – a must-see. And finally another World Heritage site, the Beguinage, a secluded complex of white-washed buildings, is a tranquil oasis within the city.
Things to do
In addition to exploring the city’s historic sites, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Bruges. Bruges is often dubbed “The Venice of the North” due to its surplus of canals and bridges. One of the most popular activities is taking a boat tour of the canals, which offers a unique perspective on the city’s architecture and scenery. If you’re looking for a more active experience, you can rent a bike and explore the city on two wheels.
Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll through the Minnewaterpark, a gorgeously maintained slice of nature based right in the heart of the city or to discover Bruges’ iconic windmills circling the city borders. For those with the energy, the city’s lively nightlife scene offers plenty of options for late-night party-goers.
Eat at and drink
Bruges is known for its delicious food and drink, and there are plenty of options to choose from. For a taste of local cuisine, try the stews and other hearty dishes at a traditional Flemish restaurant such as ‘t Huidevettershuis, a short stroll from the photogenic Rozenhoedkaai — an Instagrammers dream.
Bruges is home to some awe inspiring chocolatiers. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, head to Chocolatier Dumon, The Old Chocolate House, or The Chocolate Line and sample some of the city’s famous chocolate treats. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the local specialities, such as Belgian waffles and moules-frites.
And of course, no trip to Bruges would be complete without trying some of the local beers. The Half Moon Brewery and De Halve Maan Brewery are both popular choices.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for a luxurious and historic place to stay in Bruges, look no further than Flanders Hotel. This beautiful hotel is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk from the main square and many of the city’s other attractions. Housed in a 19th-century building, the space has been fully renovated and features a modern design and lush green spaces meaning this city oasis still retains its historic charm. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, and the staff are second-to-none.
So what are you waiting for? Bruges is a truly magical city that offers visitors a glimpse into its rich history, culture, and cuisine. Whether you’re strolling along its charming streets and canals, indulging in its famous chocolates and beers, or admiring its impressive architecture and art, Bruges is a destination that’s sure to leave a lasting impression. And with the Flanders Hotel as your home base, you’ll have a comfortable and luxurious place to rest after a day of exploring. If you’re planning a trip to Europe, be sure to add Bruges to your itinerary and discover all the city has to offer!