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“Walk or bike don't bother driving no need!”

Historic Centre of Brugge
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Bruges Day Tour from Paris
Ranked #1 of 153 things to do in Bruges
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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 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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Reviewed January 7, 2013

What a lovely place Brugge is. Wonderful buildings easy mostly level walking, some eateries can be expensive but there are plenty to choose from including the cheaper end like subway and McDs. Round the main squares is the most expensive so choose the little roads leading off and you will be pleasantly surprised. It was very nice to feel safe walking round a night too. It is fairly easy to navigate and once you find your bearings it is hard to get lost. Just follow the rivers if you do get lost. Plenty of "you are here" map boards everywhere.There are a few antique shops like depot d'o that have quirky items for sale at reasonable prices. Most of the lace is mass produced but there are a few shops selling the real m'coy. Loads of chocolate shops as expected but you can also pick up a bargain at the markets during the week for presents for home. Flea markets are usually on at the weekends but if you are self catering you would never have a problem with all the supermarkets and market stalls in the squares. We went for Christmas and found that the xmas markets stay open until 2nd Jan but there are only a few stalls mainly selling mass produced made in China stuff, though if you look carefully you will find the odd treasure like hand made tiny elves and goblins on tea light holders for a few euros or hand carved wooden items.
There are so many one way streets that it is really not worth driving, parking is expensive and mainly for only up to 2 hours a time. Watch out for push bikes travelling at high speeds here there and everywhere, they are even allowed to go the wrong was in one way streets. There are also plenty of buses and I am going to try out the number 16 which seems to go all round the area, it will be cheaper than the tourist pony gigs!

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Lovely Christmas lights and markets in the town square at this time of year, ice skating and a generally welcoming feel. Plenty to see and do over a couple of days in Brugge town center, the beautifully maintained historic buildings, wandering the cobbled streets and generally losing yourself in a time gone by.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Been a few times now to bruge, with work colleagues and with family. Bruge caters for all types of trips and there is something for everyone.

The historic main square is simply amazing and the architecture is world class. Plenty of little squares to visit all in short walking distances. Take a horse an cart trip and listen to the tour guide tell you all interesting facts of the city. Stroll along the canal for picturesque walks. Visit all the little chocolate shops and when your feet get tired stop off in one of the many bars for a good string Belgium beer. Also a must must must is a visit to the brewery and a tour only 6.5 euros which includes a beer so really that's 3 euros!!! For your tour and its amazing!
Will visit again soon!

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

When you think about Old World Europe, architecture, shops, restaurants - you are thinking about Brugge or Bruges or Brugee. It is a beautiful old world town with history, incredible buildings, horse drawn carriages - everything you need for a romantic stroll - day or night. And to top it off, after your stroll, take a canal boat ride.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Just go!!! I like it all...one of the nicest cities on the planet. Loads of sights and sounds and when your feet get tired, world class bars with world class beer and wine selections

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