Bruges overview

The medieval city of Bruges was spared the fate of many other old towns in the region during the Second World War and it is undoubtedly one of the most charming cities in Europe. With much of the city constructed during the Golden Age era, the walls and surrounding canals were built as early as 1128.

Bruges quickly became a major hub for trade between neighbouring kingdoms and goods coming from overseas. As wealth flooded in, Bruges expanded into the commercial capital of the world. This wealth is easy to see in the meticulously designed city with romantic canals, cobbled walkways and traditional Flemish architecture. Everywhere within the city is but a short walk away and you will love the abundance of outstanding restaurants as well as the small coffee shops baking fresh waffles all day long.

Sights

    • Restaurant in Markt square

      Bruges' central square lies in the middle of one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world. Needless to say the architecture around the square is also staggeringly beautiful.

    • View of the Belfry from the Markt square

      Perhaps the most recognised of Bruges' buildings, the Belfry is one of the earliest constructions in the city's medieval centre.

    • Entrance to the Basilica of the Holy Blood

      The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a relatively small, but beautiful and very important church right in the heart of Bruges.

    • Groeninge Museum building

      The museum houses a wide range of Flemish and Belgium paintings ranging from early Renaissance to 19th century Realist pieces and some modern art.

    • Order of St Benedict inside the Beguinage

      The Béguinage of Bruges is a serene and tranquil area. Its two entrances are adjacent to two bridges over a beautiful canal and the whole area is laid out around a lush green garden.

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