There are places that crawl under your skin, although you can never fully understand them. Bruges is such a special place. A city on a human scale made great by its captivating history that promptly earned her the UNESCO label of World Heritage City since 2002.
Bruges is known for its museums, monuments, architecture, religious heritage, historical places and parks.
Monuments and architecture
The most famous is the Belfry (with carillon). The most important tower in Bruges is 83 meters high and houses a carillon with 47 ringing bells. In the reception area, visitors get the chance to learn a lot about the history and function of the Bruges belfry that is protected as a world heritage site. Those who dare to climb the 366 steps of the tower can stop at the Treasury (where in the Middle Ages the city labels, the city seal and the city treasury were kept), on the floor of the impressive timepiece or at the carillonneur. At the very top, your efforts are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Bruges and its surroundings.
Bruges also has the Bonifacius Bridge and Arentshof. The characteristic surroundings of the Bonifacius Bridge and the adjacent Arentshof will delight many visitors. Here you will find an irresistible combination of impressive history and warm romance. Lying along the picturesque canals, the Arentshof creates its own unique atmosphere with its tall trees, hidden benches, mysterious artworks and beautiful views of the Church of Our Lady and the house of the Lords of Gruuthuse. Here you can literally see the world pass by tourist boats sail by and people walk around the square while the hooves of horse-drawn carriages echo throughout the day. Don’t be fooled a bit further on, because the charming age-old looking Boniface bridge dates from the early 20th century and is one of Bruges’ youngest bridges. As you take in the fairy-tale canals with overhanging houses with wooden facades and passing boats, a humble feeling will undoubtedly flood you when you look up at the tower of the Church of Our Lady. Carefully chosen lighting gives an enchanting dimension to this cherished love spot in the evening.
Some places are special, breathtaking, unique. You just have to see them. Bruges has many atmospheric witnesses to a rich past. Quiet and moody, spiritual or very pleasant. Visit the Burg, Rozenhoedkaai, Jan van Eyckplein and so many more historic places.
Over the centuries, many churches, monasteries, abbeys and chapels have been active in Bruges as centers of religious life. This has yielded a rich collection of religious heritage. This heritage bears witness to more than just the religious past. Behind the stone facades are also fascinating stories about evolutions in education, economy, society and culture.
14 locations, always different, always fascinating The greatest asset of the Bruges museum collection? Her wide variety! From Flemish primitives to contemporary art, from classical fine arts to archaeological finds. There is also silverware, lace, tapestries, furniture and poetry. Young and old agree: the Bruges museums always surprise.
Bruges is not just one of the gastronomic centers of Europe. Two reputed schools in Bruges – Spermalie and Ter Groen Poorte – train culinary talent that is internationally known. The city puts itself on the map with an impressive list of top restaurants. No fewer than 39 Bruges chefs are recommended by Michelin, Gault Millau and Bibgourmand.
How to get to Bruges
Bruges is really easy to get to. If you come from another country and you arrive by plane, there is practically every hour a direct train from the airport to Bruges.
If you just missed this one, you can take any train to Brussels, to any of the three Brussels stations; Nord, Central or Midi. There are several other trains you can take. Normally there are around four every hour. You can take the one to Oostende or Knokke/Blankenberge. Those two have Bruges as second last stop. You can also just ask any of the staff in the stations.
This last part also applies to those arriving by Eurostar. Then you arrive in Brussels Midi and you can take any of the trains mentioned above. It’s not because Bruges isn’t on the screen that the train doesn’t stop there.
Note: Bruges is spelled Brugge in its local language; dutch. Look for that on the screen when you have to get off the train.
Wenn you arrive in Bruges by train, you have multiple ways of getting to the city center. There’s an city information desk inside the station (near the sandwich shop ‘Panos’) and they will be glad to help.
Easiest way to get your stay arriving in Bruges station: a taxi. Least expensive way: Buses stop in front of the railway station.
What should every traveler know about basic history of Bruges?
* Bruges was the center of the financial market in the 14th century. It was the New York (or London) of the Middle Ages.
* The oldest stock exchange in the world is in Bruges. The Dutch name for stock exchange (beurs) originated from the owner Beursche who owned the building.
* The Spanish king Philip 1 was born in Bruges: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
* The movie industry loves Brugge, many international movies are filmed here.
* Bruges was a desolated place after the Middle Ages only to be revived after the Belgium independence. King Leopold built Bruges back into its old glory mainly as a tourist attraction.
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