One of the best ways to explore this city is by boat. You will not be disappointed if you travel by boat around the canals. You can go at any time of year, except in the harsh winter months. It takes about a half hour and I can assure you it is a very pleasant experience. The beauty of the buildings takes another perspective from sea level.
Bruges (Brugge in Dutch, German Brügge) is a Dutch-speaking city of Belgium located in the Flemish area. It is the capital and the largest city of the West Flanders province. It has been a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities of UNESCO since 2000. Along with the Spanish city of Salamanca, it was also the European Capital of Culture in 2002. Because it has many channels that run through it, it's often called "Venice of the North". There are also remains of a fortress and some mills. Even today, Bruges is still an important port.
The Beguines were women ve belonged to this association which was founded in the thirteenth century. Their goal was to lead an almost monastic life and to help the poor and disadvantaged. They lived in closed places, with their own church, infirmary and services, and a nice central garden, which at the time of blooming of the daffodils is amazing.
The Markt, or, as it's known locally, "the central square," is full of people walking and cyclists, and it's a good place to start or end your tour of the city. If you want to buy something traditional from this area, I recommend that you visit the market on Wednesdays, from 08.00 to 13.00, because that's the time when it has a lot of stalls offering locally produced products and handicrafts, food and flowers. Cheese, vegetables, prepared foods, especially fruits and chocolate will make it so that you can't not take something home.
Well, two days ago I returned from Belgium and I have some new photos of the Lake of Love or Minnewater. I hope you like them, this time I traveled along the entire lake and it was gorgeous. I certainly am a lover of Bruges and I recommend that everyone goes there because I know that you won't be disappointed if you visit. It's like going back in time and suddenly finding yourself in the 15th century. For me, walking through its streets and canals is an unforgettable experience and every time I'm there I find new, magical places.
This is a beautiful Gothic-style building which was begun in the fifteenth century, making it one of the oldest town halls in the country. Here you can see the Palace of Justice and the Basilica, as well as the town hall. You can access the latter for a few euros, and can admire its interior, with large nineteenth century tapestries, decorative objects, and a huge vault. The audio guide will help you enjoy some interesting facts about the history of the city. I also recommend visiting the church, which houses some fascinating relics.
If you are planning to travel to Bruges during the high season, I would recommend booking an accommodation or hotel close to the city center as it can be a bit difficult to get around the city. Furthermore, if you stay in the center you can better enjoy the beauty of Bruges.
Bruges is one of the nicest cities in Belgium - if you like medieval architecture, this city is for you. Since 2000, the city center of Bruges has been a UNSESCO World Heritage Site for understandable reasons.
My absolute favourite monument is the Belfry of Bruges, located in the historic center of the city. If you want to have I look, the opening times are Monday-Sunday 9.30 AM to 5:00 PM. The entrance fee depends on your age, but it ranges between 6 and 8.00 euros.
To reach the 83 meter-tall top of the bell tower you have to climb more than 300 steps. If you are lucky you might get the chance to listen to some of the 47 bells which are still in use today.
It was built between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, originally following the Romanesque style of the time, but later rebuilt as a Gothic piece. The huge tower is sure to catch your eye, standing almost 123 metres high, making it the tallest structure in the city, and interestingly, the second highest brick structure in the world, after New York's Chrysler Building. There are many important works here, including the mausoleums of Duchess Mary of Burgundy and Duke Charles the Bold, and Michelangelo's Madonna with Child.
Being one of the most photographed sites throughout the city of Bruges, the Quay of the Rosary is one of the most beautiful sights of this Belgian city with its channel and classic buildings. It looks like a postcard. It is very close to Tanners square and the Fish Market, not even two minutes away. In addition, the main square Grote Markt is five minutes away. From here, there are several hiking tours through the channels, and also throughout the city. Yes, its worth the wait in line. Everything looks like something straight out of a medieval tale, with buildings like castles touching the water, all perfectly maintained. The bridge and the wooden docks are still intact despite their age. You will definitely take more than one photo. Also, the houses and shops are decorated with classic facades. Just down the road from Rozenhoedkaai, around the dock, in Dijver, there is an interesting antique market. I don't know their opening hours, but I was there for several days around 2:00pm. From here you can see the terraces of many bars, restaurants and hotels along the water, it's a perfect place for a drink. There are definitely more views throughout Bruges, but these are the best for sure.
Right next to Markt Square (the main square) and by Breidelstraat Street, it's a much smaller place than the Markt, but it's no less beautiful. Here you'll find some very important buildings in Bruges, such as: City Hall, the Basilica of Holy Blood, and the Palace of Justice (now called the Museum Het Vrije Brugse). It's beautiful at any time of day.
This place is just behind the Town Hall and the Burg Square. It's more than a square, more so a patio. As a matter of fact originally there were gates at the ends of the square. In the fourteenth century it was occupied by a guild of tanners, but in the fifteenth century they were moved to another location because of the smell of leather. Today there are several restaurants, a hotel (Duc de Bourgogne), and at the end of the square there is a pier from which you can take a boat trip to explore the city (which we could not do because in winter these boats only work on weekends).
This church at first worked as a parish church. It was built in the 9th century, and it began to hold the title of Cathedral until the 19th century after gaining independence from Belgium. Over the years, the cathedral has been the influence of several different styles: Romanesque, Gothic, and florid Gothic. After a fire in 1839 the cathedral was restored by British architect William Chantrell, making it look as it does today. Outwardly its appearance is quite sober, and what stands out is that its 100 meter high tower is the oldest part of the Cathedral. Inside, in addition to its windows, stands the Gothic choir stalls with St. James's chapel that has murals from the late 13th century until 1576. It also houses paintings from the Flemish school as well as tapestries. It's free to enter the cathedral, but the cathedral's museum admission costs € 2.
Bruges is a beautiful city, but it's probably at its most beautiful when seen from the canals. The boats are very small, and cannot be covered, because some of the bridges are too low for it to be safe. A tour takes about half an hour, and there are only fifteen vessels available, so you should book or buy your ticket upon arrival. The boatmen will narrate the trip in several languages, depending on what you ask for.
The view from the outside is beautiful. You can go in this chapel on the ground floor and then climb the stairs up to the chapel. There, on the top floor, by the stairs outside the building there. The chapel is stunning, it's probably the most beautiful building I've seen as far as interiors go. You can't come to Bruges and not see it.
In the center of Bruges, in a wooden building that appears to be the oldest in the city, lies a surprisingly modern shop area with drinks and good music, which is great. It's called 2 be. The last thing you imagine is to find that in that environment, with embroidery and chocolate shops for tourists. Delicatessens of all kinds, food and drink really well presented and placed in spaces with an original modern lighting.
Do not eat too much candy: it's not good for your teeth. But it is impossible to avoid buying at least one bag of candy at the store Zucchero, especially when you're seeing the whole process in front of you. From the moment you enter the store you will already be salivating. Its smell and color catch your senses and submit you to their will. Lately I've taken to comparing everything with the stories, but Brugge is no comparison to them because its homes, streets, bridges and canals appear to be part of a decorated movie set. This all makes sense. This store could be the candy house in Hansel and Gretel. On video, Hansel gives us an original perspective on the history of sweets and their relationship with the witches.
The easiest way to travel around Belgium is by train, and in the case of Bruges, a small town train leaves us practically in the middle of the city. The station is a 5 minute walk from the city centre and 10 minutes from the Grote Markt (Main Square). If you don't want to walk you can also catch buses that leave you in the centre. You can travel by train to Brussels or Antwerp in just over an hour, or to Ghent in 20 minute. To get to the coast - Ostend or Heist - it takes between 10 and 15 minutes. Get there early, as there are always queues to buy tickets. There's an ice rink at Christmas time, and various shows.
The Burg square is wonderful, with something interesting wherever you look. To the south is the oldest town hall in Belgium, and to the north the Probostia, a baroque palace dating back to 1662, as well as the remains of a Carolingian church.
First on any traveler's list of what to do in Bruges must be the canals. Besides giving a special beauty to the city, the canals are ideal places to walk or even to travel by boat, which is one of the most popular Bruges activities. From the canals you can enjoy the views as you pass under the city's many bridges.
Other places to visit in Bruges can be found around the Burg Square. Here you have the Town Hall, Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Palace of Justice, three of the most beautiful buildings in the city and all must-see attractions in Bruges. In fact, many people consider Burg Square to be the one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
Another square, the Grote Markt, provides even more things to do in Bruges. Here is the covered market, which can be visited on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Belfort, one of the most visited and photographed things to see in Bruges. Belfort has been considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1999. Of the churches, many of which are enchanting Bruges attractions, the most prominent is that of Our Lady, a very large Gothic style church, and the Basilica of Holy Blood, which consists of two churches of breathtaking beauty. In addition to all these places, you'll find more stuff to do in Bruges at the Cathedral of San Salvador, built in the ninth century, which is small but stunning.
Visit Minube to learn more about this beautiful city and search for hotel deals.