Brugge is absolutely gorgeous with its medieval architecture still intact. One of our favorite stops on our first European trip, we found this canal-based city to be absolutely enchanting. Often referred to as “The Venice Of The North,” the city is one of Belgium’s jewels. Some criticize the city for being a ‘fake’ medieval town, but one stroll through the streets of Brugge is sure to leave you mesmerized and in love with its “historic fabric”.
This attractive square is located between a series of old medieval houses, the Belfry Tower (Belfort) and the Provincial Court (Provinciaal Hof). The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO and Brugge showcases many other notables such as the Church Of Our Lady; one of the world’s highest brick tower buildings (122.3 m).
Most use Brugge as a quick stop-over while on their way to another destinations. Brugge was recommended to us by family members that have visited and their recommendation is true: one day just is not enough. Brussels to Brugge is only a 30 minute train ride. The historical center is not too big and is quite walkable.
Belgium is known for its gourmet chocolate, and Brugge is no exception. Verheecke Chocolatier in Brugge, Belgium was amazing; the chocolate was to die for! If you love chocolate, the Choco-Story Museum describes chocolate’s transition from cocoa into chocolate. Stay for the chocolate making presentation and get some excellent samplers.
There are also many boutique-style beer shops that sell gift packs of Belgian beer. We couldn’t resist and each had to sample one of the many flavors of beer offered.
Besides the medieval architecture, what we loved most about Brugge was what a relaxing town it was. It may have been over-crowded with tourists, but you’re so intrigued by your other surroundings it hardly matters. If you visit and want to escape all the other tourists, take a stroll down the small cobbled streets that venture away from the main square and you should easily find some peace and quiet.
Have you been to Brugge? What did you think?