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A charmingly preserved medieval city, Bruges is a gem in Europe's tiara that captivates every viewer with its breathtaking architecture and tranquil aura. Majestic cathedrals juxtaposed with quaint streets and snaking canals give the city its nickname - the "Venice of the North".
From its unsurpassed ancient beauty to its succulent cuisine and vibrant arts scene, the city of Bruges holds an endless array of delights for every traveller. If questing after city landscapes steeped in history, feasting on delicious food or exploring stunning landmarks are your holiday goals, you've come to the right place.
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Walking advenTours of Bruges
There’s no better way to discover Bruges than on foot with a knowledgeable guide leading the way. Bruges Free Walking Tour lets you delve deep into the city’s rich history, and you’re treated to a complimentary chocolate tasting along the way.
The Belfry of Bruges
Ascend the iconic 13th-century Belfry of Bruges to discover a stunning view of the city from its 83-metre high vantage point. On your way up the 366-step spiral staircase, explore the treasury and delight in a musical interlude from the carillon.
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Marvel at this awe-inspiring basilica that consists of a Romanesque lower chapel dedicated to St. Basil the Great and an upper chapel that houses the venerated Holy Blood relic. Amidst the contrasting styles of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, lose yourself in reverential awe of this holy sanctuary.
Explore the Groeningemuseum with its remarkable array of paintings spanning several centuries. The museum is renowned for its excellent collection of Flemish Primitive art, featuring works by Jan van Eyck and Hugo van der Goes.
Church of Our Lady
Visit the towering Church of Our Lady, constructed over two centuries. It is a must-see in Bruges. The church houses a wealth of art, including the sculpture of Madonna and Child by Michelangelo – the only Michelangelo work that left Italy during his lifetime.
For an idyllic family outing with lovely sunny weather and bustling city life, visiting Bruges between May and August is recommended. This period has the most favourable conditions to explore the city’s charm at its very best.
However, if you prefer a quieter experience, the shoulder seasons in May and September present a chance to enjoy the city with fewer crowds. For the most budget-friendly time, visit in January when prices are lower however, if a whimsical Christmas experience trumps all, a visit in December when the city transforms into a winter wonderland with radiant Christmas Markets, would be perfect.