I am in love and her name is Bruges. As of this moment, Bruges is simply the most breathtakingly beautiful place I have ever seen. Just a glorious splendor of medieval history, art and wonder. There is just not enough time to explore every street and every moment of immense history.
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Miraculously Preserved Medieval City
Bruges is a miraculously preserved medieval city that is still separated from the newer city almost completely by its large moat. As I explored Bruges I was utterly amazed as to how well it has stood the test of time and the great links many generations of Belgians have had to go through to keep it this way. It is a true testament to the strength, determination, and heart of the human spirit. An example of this is that during World War II, Bruges was not over taken by the Germans because the locals kept flooding the moat to hold back the troops. My husband kept calling it Disneyland, as it is so surreal in its beauty that if feels as if you have actually entered a true fairy tale.
Easy Access by Train
Exploring Bruges is easy and if you are taking the train in from other European cities the train station is literally across the street. We walked to our hotel when we first arrived and took a taxi when we left. The taxi will cost you between 7 and 10 euros depending on where you are staying. Bruges is incredibly walkable and there are a vast array of cafes, restaurants and parks to take a rest in. You can also tour Bruges via horse drawn carriage. If you go you must take a 30 minute boat tour of the canals to the experience the beauty of the city from a different level. The tours cost about 10 euro per person and are absolutely worth it.
While in Bruges there are some notable places of the past that are worth a visit like the Church of Our Lady, which is now a museum and home to the Michelangelo marble sculpture, Madonna and child, which is the most famous of all renditions of Mary and Jesus. The Church of our lady also host the ceremonial tombs of Charles the Bold and his daughter, Mary of Burgundy.
The Basilica of the Holy Blood, features relics linked to Jesus Christ, the most famous being a bottle said to contain a cloth with the blood of Christ that was saved by Joseph of Arimathea, after washing Jesus’ body after his crucifixion.
You can’t miss the Belfry Tower located in the Market Square because you can catch a glimpse of it from almost anywhere in the city center. If you’re feeling adventurous you can climb the 366 steps to the top of this former treasury and have an awe-inspiring view of Bruges from the sky.
Fun & Unusual Attractions
If you looking for fun places to tour that can only be found in Bruges then check out the Friet Museum and The Chocolate Museum which will undoubtedly make you hungry, but don’t worry there are a multitude of chocolate shops and Friet joints to fill your stomach. You can also visit the Historium and and learn more about Bruges incredible past.
Of course, one of the best things to do in Bruges is eat! You must try the Frites, Waffles, Chocolate and another local favorite are the Mussels and Frites. I’ve included a fun video of some of the sweet options you might like to try while in Bruges. I do hope you enjoy!
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