The Belgian city of Bruges is often referred to as the ‘Venice of Belgium’, visit a charming and antique town that has preserved its medieval charm of centuries past. Ever since Colin Farrel was filmed running around the streets in the black comedy motion picture, In Bruges, tourists cannot get enough of the city! Bruges is dominated by churches, museums and looks like something that has been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. The city centre is a UNESCO cultural heritage, with masterpieces all around town and a constant vibrant atmosphere. Find out more about the city of Bruges, which is enough to convince you to visit the city at least once in your life!
Preserved Medieval City
If you enjoy history and have a particular interest in medieval history, then a visit to Bruges needs to be on your bucket list. In all of Europe, you will find no other city like Bruges as it is definitely the most well preserved medieval city on the continent. When you’re here, you’ll feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time. The whole city centre of Bruges is listed as UNESCO cultural heritage! Take a walk down one of the many winding streets on your visit, go where your feet take you and discover the best-hidden gems of Bruges.
Visit Bruges to taste true Belgian chocolate!
Nowhere beats chocolate of the Belgian kind and when in Bruges, you’ll not be short of a chocolatier to visit! Stick to the independently run and family-run shops to get the true Brugean chocolate experience! One of the best chocolatier’s to go to is Dumon, which looks like something you would see in a Disney movie, walk inside and smell all the freshly-made chocolates, truffles, caramels and pralines!
Check out St Christopher’s top 7 Chocolate shops to visit in Bruges!
Indulge in Belgian Waffles
Keeping with the sweet theme, Belgian is famous for its waffles, so you can’t come to Bruges without making a visit to at least one waffle shop! When you’re here, the smell of waffles will be right under your nose, making it hard to resist! One of the most famous among locals and tourists is Chez Albert just off the main market square, they make the best waffles in the city for just a few euro, and top with Belgian chocolate, strawberries, and whipped cream!
Drink the world’s best beer!
Like many cities in Europe, Bruges is famous for its beer! So beer lovers need to visit Bruges! Almost every bar or pub you visit in Bruges will brew their own mix of delicious goodness which will have you coming back for more. Even if you’re not a beer drinker, there are many different strengths and flavours to choose from. You could even take on a beer hopping tour while in the city!
Visit the Bruges Christmas Markets
Europe is full of festive markets at Christmas time, but there’s something about a visit to the Christmas markets in Bruges that seems more magical than anywhere else on the continent. The markets take place in Market Square, the real-life ginger-bread houses act as the backdrop and horse-drawn carriages trot along making you feel like you’re in a fairytale!
Planning to visit Europe at Christmas? Here’s a list of the best markets to visit!
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