Bruges

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Millions of tourists arrive in Bruges every year. Many come because they heard of this wonderful place, where time stood still. Sometimes it’s referred to as the “Venice of the North” and when you see all the canals and bridges, it is a beautiful sight. A town as in a fairytale, a place for romance where all will explore and discover the beauty of the architecture Bruges is so rich of. While wondering through the maze of narrow streets, it’s not difficult to imagine yourself in the middle Ages. It is for this reason the entire historical center is under the protection of UNESCO.

 

No matter in what time of year you visit, Bruges has something to offer in every season. The spring is announced by the blooming of life all over the city, swans and ducks caring for their younglings on the banks of the canals, flowers popping up in the parks. In summer there’s life and laughter on every little square you’ll encounter. The carillon plays his tunes while you enjoy one of the many tasteful beers Belgium has to offer. In fall the city gets ready to face the cold, putting on its most colorful jacket in shades of brown and red. The sunlight plays on the surface of the canals, offering you a spectacle to remember. In winter the city isn’t dead, but very much alive with an ice-skating rink surrounded by a Christmas market where you can get warm over a cup of hot chocolate or a mulled wine.

 

Small as it is, Bruges is best explored on foot. Going across town takes about half an hour, going around the city following the canals is 7 kilometers (4.5 miles). By walking you’ll enjoy the most.

You’ll feel right at home, roaming the narrow streets along the mysterious canals over old bridges. Feasting your eyes and looking at history itself, because every house, facade or brick has a story.

 

But don’t be fooled in thinking Bruges is an old city! It is very much alive, offering you a rich diversity monuments and art. But also restaurants and bars where you can find the marvelous Belgian beers or shops with the amazing chocolates!

 

View at the Church of Our Lady

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