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Travel guide to Bruges – the Flemish city, also known as the Venice of the North

Bruge is a wonderful place to visit and luckily, English is used as a language of communication alongside the mother tongue, Dutch. The center of the city is mainly the Chowk, Marct or Groot market.

Canal in Bruges with bell tower in the background

In 1983 the square was used as an open-air market for more than eight hundred years and was also a place where protesters were heard and announcements were made. Nowadays the market with its restaurants and bars consists of square, luxurious Flemish gabled buildings, which convinces the modern visitor.

Best view

View of Bruges from the Belfry

One of its landmarks is Bell tower. For a fascinating view of the energetic city, you can sprint up the 366 steps of the Belfort Tower. (Entry £ 1.60 per adult). After this excursion, hold your breath and let yourself be carried away quickly by the breathtaking Flemish architecture that surrounds the neighboring mountain square.

Places to look

The bright light of the square is the 15th century Gothic hall town hall, the town hall. The beautiful brickwork looks delicate like lace and continues inside with elaborate ladders, vaulted ceilings and Goth-style murals.
Bruges Town Hall

On the other side of the square is the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Although small on the outside, the interior is surprisingly spacious. The remains of the holy blood are kept in the Chel. In the middle of the mountain square there are always a dozen or so beautiful horse-drawn carriages for a small fee of 25 euros for up to 4 people, so you can take a 35-minute walk around the cobblestones. Will take the narrow streets while the driver tells all about Bruges. But maybe you prefer a guided boat trip to Bruges – an archway from the Chowk will take you there. The cost is £ 3 for a stress-free excursion through the old stone bridge over calm water.

Less attested visits

Church of Our Lady, Bruges

These well-run tourist recreational activities are extremely enjoyable, but there are other lesser-visited places that are not to be missed. For example, the 13th century Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) has a landmark 400 miles upstream from this Gothic church. Inside, surrounded by greystone columns, is an exquisite white marble sculpture of Madonna and a child created by the famous artist Michelangelo. This is real behavior as his works are rarely seen outside of his Italian homeland. In the choir are the graves of Mary of Burgundy and her father Karl. Be sure to visit us before you close for the fair at 11.00 a.m.

Looking for love

If you are looking for love, you should go for a walk on the Minnewater – Lake of Love (‘Minne’ means ‘love’ in Flemish). The lake is said to have powers that will help you find the love of your life if you wish. Certainly the romance of the sliding swans helps reinforce this story. Ironically, the lake leads to a 13th-century building known as the Beguinage. Although it is now run by 2,000 Benedictine women, it was once used as a home for unmarried or abandoned women with physical substance. The order was founded by Beguinage – women themselves – but the last of the Beguinage died in 1930.

Art lover

For art lovers this is Groeninge Museum of Fine Arts shows an impressive selection of paintings, typical masterpieces of Flemish primitives, especially Van Eyck and Memling. Though a little touristy, a quick visit to the Diamond Museum can prove interesting for those who consider this magnificent stone an art form.

Where to shop

Bruges has some interesting shops that can be found in its quaint, unspoilt streets. For example, smart fashion lovers can get great designer clothes at great prices on Troc (Korte Zilleverstraat 12). Chocolate lovers have a very good choice, but a particularly good chocolate dummon (Earmatt, 6), where pralines are a specialty. Other Belgian gastronomic specialties include sausages, pétes and cheese, as well as interesting palates that should head to Dixmuides boteruhis (Geldmuntstrat 23).

Where shall we eat

At some point, hunger pangs will inevitably make you want to eat. You can opt for a cheerful but still historic „frietkoten” van that sells pieces of chips with mayonnaise for 1.5 euros. These street vendors have been setting up their stands for over 100 years.

Otherwise, choose one of the many restaurants around the market square, e.g. B. the animated Saint Joris (Markt 29), where traditional mussels and fries cost around 15 euros. For a quality dinner, try this ‘t Huidevettershuis (Huidenvettersplein 10-11), a delightful restaurant from 1450 in an old tenor house with great views over the canals. Expect around 21 euros per head. Everything done, it may be time for a beer. Get on your way t Brugs Beertje (Kemelstraaat 5), affectionately known as the „Brown Cafe” for its nicotine-stained roof. It may not look attractive, but it is friendly and is chosen from over 300 beers. A glass of Strafe Hendrick and Bruges Vit (a wheat beer) costs 2 euros. Bottom up!

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