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Historic Centre of Brugge

Bruges, Belgium
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As featured in 3 days in Bruges
Ranked #1 of 48 attractions in Bruges
Type: Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The historic center of Bruges has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 thanks to its status as one of the commercial and cultural... more » Owner description: The historic center of Bruges has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 thanks to its status as one of the commercial and cultural capitals of Europe and its enduring Gothic architecture. The Belgian city center is cited as a great example of a medieval historic settlement, even while it has evolved over the years. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

My fiancée and I had two nights in Brugge over the Easter back holiday weekend. The town was very, very busy; queues for all the sites and attractions. The town is very beautiful and is a must. Try to take your time and enjoy some of the bars that look out over the courtyards or canals. The Minnewater area with... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Loved the centre. Buildings and architecture are fantastic. Lots of attractions and good choice of restaurants. Easy to get around.

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Berkshire
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to visit, loads of history and the architect in the buildings is magnificent, all though it is busy it is also very beautiful.

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Peterborough
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Everywhere is so close and interesting, the buildings are beautiful. We liked to wander round and feel safe the main square is especially beautiful when lit up at night.

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nottingham, UK
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Lovely city centre to walk around largely pedestrianised, reminiscent of amsterdam but on a more intimate scale and with canals less dominant

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The historic centre of Bruges is not to be missed. A stunning place. The Markt square with the Belfort (belfry) and other historic buildings has wonderful atmosphere. The smaller Burg Square with the Gothic Hall in the Stadhuis and the Basilica of Heilige Bloed are both stunning. Add in a trip on the canals to get a different view of... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Brugges is better experienced at night when the crowds thin out. Walking along the canals is particularly beautiful. Note that everything is closed on Monday which is both a blessing and curse -- fewer crowds but of course...everything is closed.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful by day and even more beautiful by night. Although full of tourists it doesn't feel too busy or hectic probably because of the lack of traffic in many parts. Just wander around at your own pace and enjoy. Some nice places to eat and drink which can be a bit pricey ( see the tourists coming I expect) but... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Coming from San Francisco, I was braced for overwhelming numbers of tourists but I found my time there in April to be extremely enjoyable and not too bothered by mass tourist crowds. It does help to enjoy the town before 10am and after 10pm if you want to slip through the looking glass and feel the Medieval magic there. The... More

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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Well maintained buildings, attractive views all over, clean, many streets closed to traffic (bicycles are allowed and numerous), many things to see. Be aware there are many very tempting chocolate shops...

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