The Venice of the North
Bruges is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, and one of the most picturesque. At the height of its prosperity Bruges was a thriving port, reflected in the handsome architecture of the city.
Any visitor should take a trip up the central belfry, which offers great views of the city’s cobbled streets, and winding canals. These canals provide a great way to spend a lazy day as you meander along, or how about taking a horse-drawn carriage trip around town. Bruges was voted the 2002 Cultural City of Europe, and a visit to this beautiful city will leave you enchanted.
A great experience! You are immersed in the ancient Mexican world of the Mayas and the Aztecs for whom chocolate was the drink of the gods and cocoa beans a means of payment. The chocoholic gets to find out all about the production of chocolate truff
Mon-Sun: 1000-1700 Sint-Jansstraat 7b, 8000 BruggeWebsite
This brewary, in operation on the same spot since 1856, produces Straffe Hendrik, an excellent, highly fermented local beer on a basis of malt, hops and special yeast. Well worth a visit!
Brouwerij De Halve Maan, Walplein 26, 8000 Brugge. Tel. 32 (0)50 33.26.97Website
The city's most remarkable monument (13th-16th century), with 260 feet high tower (366 steps). On the second story: the former medieval treasure-room, today a musium. High in the tower are the 47 bells (with a total weight of 27 tons) of the Bruges c
Open Tuesday-Sunday 0930-1700Website
A 12th century building which houses the Relic of the Holy Blood artefacts from the Crusades.
Open 1st Apr-30th Sep: 0930-1200 / 1400-1800. 1st Oct-31st Mar: 1000-1200/1400-1600 (closed Wed afternoons) Closed 1st Jan, 1st Nov and 25th DecemberWebsite