Bruges city breaks
Bruges' Exquisite Architecture
The very conception that many have of Bruges as a small and therefore rather insignificant city is flawed. Bruges is, in fact, the capital and largest city of the West Flanders province, and the gem in the crown of this enticing area.
What is unique about Bruges is the amount of work that has gone into maintaining its medieval buildings. After all, its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its examples of gothic architecture are grandiose and captivating.
From Burg Square to the Beguinage, from St Salvator's Cathedral to the Church of Our Lady, from the Market to Michelangelo's Pieta, the sights of Bruges will take your breath away. Bruges' Town Hall is architecturally spectacular; it will not fail to astound. The Basilica of Holy Blood is a particularly unusual, bizarre attraction; it contains a phial which is said to hold Christ's blood, brought from the Crusades.
Bruges' museums are intensely varied in their scope; holding anything and everything ranging from Flemish masterpieces to modern artworks, from ancient artefacts to silverware. The Gruuthuse Museum is a restored 15th-century palace showcasing an impressive range of tapestries and furnishings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The Groeninge Museum displays both modern and older Flemish masterpieces.
For something entirely different, why not indulge in sensory overload at the Chocolate Museum?
Other Charming Attractions in Bruges
Bruges is renowned for its beer; sample the famed Brugse Zot beer when you visit De Halve Maan (Straffe Hendrik) brewery. The brewery holds a formidable reputation, due in no small part to the great history it possesses; first reference to it was made in the city register in 1564. Take some time to explore the area around the Lake of Love – the natural landscapes will certainly inveigle you.
Looking for an attraction to delight children as well as adults? You cannot go far wrong with a trip to Boudewijn Theme Park and Dolfinarium. This enticing attraction comprises of thrilling theme park rides and enchanting dolphin shows.
For a European city break you will be sure to find beguiling, try a cheap weekend break to Bruges. You will certainly savour the experience.