Historic Centre of Brugge

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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.
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Diana C
Tidworth, UK45 contributions
Dec 2019
Really enjoyed our long weekend in Bruges. Centre is quite small so you can walk to most places, but horse and carriages available from market square. Many museums and art galleries and we found out too late there is a museum ticket which covers many venues and obviously cheaper than buying singularly. Lots of chocolate shops, there were several markets not just the central one and of course all streets maintain their historic look. I live near Salisbury and there there are ancient buildings but next to them a 1980’s concrete monstrosity, this doesn’t seem to happen here, there are modern buildings but tastefully placed, so looking down any street it is pleasing to visitors. The towers on the market square well worth a visit , but expect queues, best to be at bell tower really early at opening as tower so narrow only a few allowed up at a time. Eating out is good but expensive. Overall a delightful city, loaded with history and art , well worth a visit.
Written February 23, 2020
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candyandjoe
10 contributions
Sep 2019
It was so pleasant just to sit on the patios of Brew Pubs and enjoy the scenery, and fine beer. Highly recommend cruising the canals in the longboats, well worth the small cost. The commentary by the boat pilots was most interesting and was offered in several languages to accommodate variety of tourists. So so enjoyable just to walk the area, people watch and relax....
Written May 1, 2020
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ROY H
8 contributions
May 2022
Take time out to wander around this compact city. and try not to race from one place to another.

Turn around almost any corner and you will be taking even more pictures (- thank goodness for mobile phone cameras)

Food and drinks are more reasonably-priced when you move away from the Markt (the main square)
Written May 16, 2022
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK576 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We arrived in Bruges by coach from Zeebrugge . The tour guide supplied us a map marked with a walking tour of the city which was very useful.
This medieval place is a real joy almost fairytale with its historical buildings and canals.
Written December 19, 2021
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Bill A
Spring Lake, NJ548 contributions
Apr 2022
I understand that this is subjective; but, I believe that Bruges is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. It is filled with cobble stone streets, beautiful canals and lots of medieval architecture. It's skyline is also dotted with a tall belfry and many beautiful church spires. Bruges is a relatively small city which can easily be toured by foot. For me, this is an excellent place to choose as a home base from which you can explore the other wonderful cities of Belgium.
Written April 26, 2022
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Brisi Briseida
Tirana, Albania35 contributions
May 2021
I absolutely loved everything about Brugge. Ever since I have seen the movie with Colin Farrel i have wanted to go. Its like Venice of Italy but smaller and cosier with a lovely Flemish touch. We visited all the city with hired bikes, we even rode to Sluis in Netherland and the trip there was like a fairy tale.
Written January 5, 2022
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Frank F
London, UK34 contributions
Jun 2022
To celebrate her birthday I took my wife on a three night visit to Bruges by EuroStar. we stayed just outside the centre on the fantastic static De Barge Hotel on a canal.

The people in Bruges are incredibly friendly and helpful and there is SO much to see. Three full days are perhaps too few and "culture" can get overwhelming on such a short visit.

Incidentally the restaurants are wonderful, the beer is so irresistible (likewise chocolate and waffles) - I had Mussels cooked in Pastis - JOY!.

Watch out for the cyclists, they are absolutely everywhere.

Whatever you do, you should invest in a "Museum pass" and make maximum use of it!
Written June 17, 2022
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AnnefromBelgium111
Brussels, Belgium286 contributions
Mar 2021
In the amazingly Small Hotel of the world De Tuilerieën, refurbished by the amazing interior designer Pieter Porters. I once heard an amusing anecdote from them: some Japanese tourists asking to reception when 'the museum' would close in the evening. I totally understand the confusion because it is difficult to imagine a more historic universum than in 'Bridge'.
Written March 23, 2021
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June A
Surrey, UK2,401 contributions
Jul 2020
The historic area is not that large and can easily be walked in an hour or two, but it always takes longer as you will want to linger, to savour the atmosphere, enjoy a drink or a meal, or maybe both, and take in the views. This part of the city really is as magical as the pictures show - better perhaps when you see it for itself.

It centres of course around the main square and the smaller streets that lead off in all directions - and of course the canal area, where one if you choose to cruise leisurely on a boat trip to see the city from a different angle. Personally I prefer to walk, but we are all different.
Written June 12, 2021
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pelny
Brick, NJ22 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Brugge is one of my favorite cities. This part of the city, especially in the evening, with the buildings all lit and reflections on the water of the canals is an amazing photo opportunity. The buildings are very impressive and they’ve been around for so long.You don’t even mind walking around in the rain
Written March 9, 2020
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