With a name derived from the old-Scandinavian word ‘Brygga,’ meaning ‘harbour’ or ‘mooring place,’ Bruges is one of Belgium’s best-preserved medieval cities. Thanks to its close proximity to the North Sea, by the 14th century it was a bustling trading centre and one of the largest and most important cities in northern Europe.
Today, in addition to being a charming backdrop for Hollywood movies, it’s a bustling town that offers lots to see, taste and experience.
Here are five things you must do in Bruges.
Grab a seat at a restaurant in Bruges’ famous Market Square and enjoy a fresh catch of the day. Surrounded by colourful buildings, the Belfry, and the Provinciaal Hof (Province Court), Market Square is a perfect place to begin or end a day in Bruges.
No trip to Bruges is complete without a cruise along its narrow canals. See new parts and different perspectives of the city from its aquatic arteries.
Brewing beer is serious business in Bruges. Complete with a two-mile long pipeline that carries ale from the Half Moon brewery to a bottling plant on the outskirts of the city, beer lovers will enjoy guided tours and samples of the town’s pride and joy.
With buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, travel Bruges’ cobblestone streets by foot to discover why this UNESCO World Heritage City is considered to be an “outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement” by the World Heritage Convention.
Standing at a modest (by today’s standards) 83 meters tall, the Belfry offers breath-taking and unobstructed views of Bruges and the town’s surroundings.