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“Must see Brugges”

Ranked #1 of 125 things to do in Bruges
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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 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 December 8, 2014

This centre and indeed the entire historic town is a must see on anyone's list. One of the most if not the most beautiful medieval cities in all of Europe, perfectly preserved! Even the notoriously poor weather lends itself to the attraction as the beautifully lit buildings loom mysteriously through the fog at night.

Because of its popularity however, Brugges is a definite tourist trap. During weekends especially the town is bursting with tourists everywhere you look. Prices of food and accommodation are more exorbitant the closer you get to the centre of town, so think of staying further away or even outside the historic centre altogether if you are on a budget. Everything is within easy walking distance, and you will spend the entire day out exploring anyway.

1  Thank Spoodgie
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"beautiful city"
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"every corner"
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"waffles"
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"christmas market"
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"walk around"
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"the main square"
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"horse and carriage"
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"boat tour"
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"ice rink"
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"canal trip"
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

Loved the Christmas market, disliked the lack of city maps so we got a bit lost but locals were more than happy to direct us.

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Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is the most disappointing Christmas market I have ever seen. And I have seen many since early childhood in Germany, Austria and even Birmingham. Pity I came all this way by Eurostar. The ice rink was thawing. Every other stand sells cheap and nasty Gluehwein.

5  Thank foxurs1
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Amazing - friendly polite stall holders.
Food and drink varied and well worth a try.

Ice rink good size and not over busy

2  Thank jermima J
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Having recently returned from my 2nd visit to Brugge in as many months, I absolutely love it. It is very picturesque and has a good range of shops. There are many interesting buildings and museums, a boat trip is a must. Eating out can be relatively expensive but generally there is much to see and do. I can't wait to visit again soon.

1  Thank Flipflop1458
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