Bruges, both the capital and largest city located in the province of West Flanders, is a beautiful place with history and culture galore. Thanks to VISITFLANDERS, the supplier sponsor of this article, take some time to learn about the wonders found within the city limits of bountiful Bruges.
Sometimes referred to as The Venice of the North, Bruges is a picturesque magical city sure to woo any who visit. With cobblestone streets dotted with markets and breezy canals so perfect you could paint a picture, Bruges has much to offer anyone whether a visitor or resident. One of the most prominent sights that can be found in Bruges is the Belfry of Bruges located in the center of the city. Formerly used to house a treasury and the municipal archives, the Belfry of Bruges also served as an observation post for spotting fires and other dangers to the city. The building, which stands 272 ft. in height, is accessible to the public up a steep and narrow 366 step staircase leading to the top of the building. One of the most unique features of the Belfry of Bruges is its 87 centimeter lean to the east.
The Church of Our Lady is another of the many marvels of Bruges. Dating from the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries, the tower of this medieval church is the tallest structure in the city, and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world. It stands at 377 ft. in height. Within the church you will find a largely celebrated piece of artwork: a white marble sculpture of the Madonna and Child created by Michelangelo. You will also find exquisite woodcarvings and paintings throughout the church. The tombs of Charles the Bold and his daughter are also located in the church, in the choir space behind the alter. The artistic and religious history of the church make it one of the most interesting places to visit in Bruges.
For some new-age fun in Bruges, stop by Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan a family owned and run brewery. They offer tours showcasing the centuries-old art of brewing beer in Bruges in the museum as well as tours of the modern brewery. Afterwards you can taste some of the finest brewed beer in Bruges! For the real beer enthusiast take the XL tour that includes entrance to the brewery cellars and expert explanations about the taste and aromas of three delicious beers. If beer isn’t your thing, Choco-Story just might be! This chocolate museum is located in a 16th century located in central Bruges, and allows visitors to see the process of chocolate being made. The museum even has an area devoted to the health benefits of chocolate! Historium Bruges takes you back into the Golden Ages of Bruges with cinematic sets with special effects and music.
After you’ve strolled through the historic city center and taken a soothing ride down of the relaxing canals take some time to grab a bite to eat at one of the many wonderful local eateries in Bruges. Much like the city itself, eating at Pomperlut is a step back into the 17th century charm complete with a giant fireplace and chandeliers. Located in an old farmhouse, Pomperlut serves delicious dishes of the best quality and only serves 20 people at a time. The Olive Tree is another local favorite, serving up outstanding Greek cuisine with a cozy, laid back atmosphere. A last restaurant not to miss on a visit to Bruges is Den Amand, a bistro offering traditional Belgian food with some of the most fantastic service in the city! To see a city unlike any other, spend some time in Bruges.