Bruges city breaks
This graceful medieval city with its wealth of historic buildings and canals, has often been referred to as the Venice of the North. Not surprisingly, it has achieved UNESCO World Heritage status and makes a wonderful destination for a city break.
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Markt and Burg Bruges’ two main squares - a central market square and another in front of the Gothic city hall - make excellent hubs for discovering the city.
Church of our Lady With one of the tallest brick towers in the world, this magnificent church houses Michelangelo’s white marble ‘Madonna and Child’.
Groeninge Art Musuem One of Belgium’s most important collections of Flemish art is contained in this wonderful museum.
Take a boat ride to view the canals of Bruges. The arteries of the city are pleasant to stroll along, but for a different perspective there’s no better view of the medieval buildings and bridges than from a boat.
Climb the medieval belfry located in the market square. The narrow winding staircase has 366 steps, but the view from the top is not to be missed.
Food & Drink
Sampling local specialities is without doubt one of the attractions of any overseas travel. Belgium offers local specialities including the hearty carbonnade flamandes (Flemish beef stew), mosselen-frites (mussels and chips) and dishes might include Belgian endive and white asparagus, according to season. Waffles dusted with icing sugar, or any number of other toppings are to be found everywhere. And it goes without saying that Belgium, with its long brewing tradition, offers a wide variety of beers to sample.
Noordzandstraat running between ‘t Zand Square and Markt square is probably best earmarked as the main shopping street in the city, with its large selection of stores selling clothes, household wares, books, music and food.
Locally-made lace and delicious Belgian chocolates are without doubt the most obvious choice for souvenirs and gifts, but you may also wish to consider handmade candles, pretty ceramics and biscuits - often containing Belgian syrup.
Markets are a tradition in Bruges, with a food market on Markt square every Wednesday morning, and a large non-food market on ‘t Zand square every Saturday morning. A flea market is also held along the beautiful Dijver canal in the centre every Saturday and Sunday between 10am.
Bruges is a compact little city, bursting with historic character and charm, and with so many things to do it's no wonder that this is one of our most popular destinations.
A good introduction to the city might be to take one of the CityTour buses so that you can familiaries yourself with the layout of the city. The tours depart from the main Markt square on the hour, every hour, all year daily between 10am and 4pm in winter, with the finish extending out until as late as 8pm in high summer. A 50-minute tour costs around €15 per adult, around €9 for children.