Bruges - Historic, Charming Old-World Atmosphere
If your soul needs replenishing then head to Bruges. This utterly charming medieval city is (some say) Belgium's finest city. A remarkable preservation of an historic European village, with all the mod cons you need to enjoy it with! Thinking romantic weekend breaks? Bruges!
Bruges is a living monument to a world long since past, but if that description has you reaching for the off button, think again. Bruges is one of Europe's most popular city's for short breaks for very good reason.
Set in the west Flanders region, Bruges suffered in the 1800s as nearby towns and ports took over the economic mantle for Belgium. The population declined rather dramatically and so did the city's finances. As a result the old city of Bruges was left relatively untouched until the latter half of the 20th century. The result is a time capsule; albeit a nicely updated one. Cobblestoned streets vie with wide canals for the 'most picturesque' trophy.
The heart of Bruges is its marketplaces. Markt is also home to Belgium's most famous bell tower and the climb is well worth the effort with stunning views of the city and surrounding countryside. Close to the Markt square is Burg, where you'll find the Basilica of the Holy Blood. A few drops of Christ's congealed blood are housed within and no visit to the Burg is complete without wandering through the 11th century church with it's gothic stonework, soaring columns and exquisite stained glass windows.
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