Guide to Bruges, Belgium: travel, gastronomy, visits, accommodation
is a picture perfect with its ancient buildings and pretty canals. A
popular tourist destination which is busy all year round, Bruges has been
preserved to retain its medieval qualities, and offers a storybook
landscapes and an endless supply of chocolate, mussels and beer.
Bruges’ market square (the Markt) is framed by beautiful
buildings. Busy with tourists, the square is filled with the outdoors
restaurants and horse-drawn carts waiting for passengers to jump on them
Belgian beer. You have to!
Belgium is famous for its beers and you are sure to find
a place to drink them in Bruges. With a wide range of approximately
700 types including fruit, chocolate and Trappist flavored (brewed by
monks), even non-beer lovers are sure to find a beer they love.
a visit is the oldest bar in Bruges, the Café Vlissinghe. they served
has been drinking here for almost 500 years – rumor has it that the 17th century
artist Rubens was a regular at the pub.
The company does not have
always been so tasty here, however. In the 1500s, Belgium was
knows a religious war and the publican of the bar, the head of a
rebel plot, devised a plot to get a group of his comrades
Protestants within the city walls. His plan was discovered, and it was
tortured and beheaded by a gang of locals.
What to eat in Bruges
The streets of Bruges are filled with tempting chocolate
stores to satisfy all sweet cravings. In the restaurants of the city, you
find hearty meals, with thick sauces accompanying meat dishes.
Waterzooi is a national favorite – a watery broth served with chicken
or fish. Seafood is also popular and mussels are readily available for
The best of the rest
The centerpiece of the city’s skyline is the 83 m high Belfort tower,
which was built in the 13th century. While the climb to the top can be
tiring, well worth it as it has wonderful views. Heilig
Bloed Basiliek (Basilica of the Holy Blood) is a strange church, which houses
what is believed to be a vial containing a few drops of the blood of Christ.
And a random fact …
Belgium has the second highest suicide rate in the EU, so a few
years ago, the city hall of Bruges decided to cheer everyone up by doing
they say hello to each other.
Langestraat, the main road leading to Bruges city center, has become Hello
Street. So warm up your vocal cords and get ready to say “hey” to
anyone you can pass. In French it’s ‘bonjour’, in Flemish it’s ‘goede’
middag ‘, but a happy’ hi ‘should work just fine.
WHEN TO GO: You can enjoy Bruges any time of the year, but summer is the best.
GETTING THERE : Fly or take the Eurostar to Brussels, where you can catch a train to Bruges (around an hour).
VISA: Australians and New Zealanders do not need a visa. South Africans need a Schengen visa.
CURRENCY: Euro. 1 GBP = 1.17 EUR.
LANGUAGE: Flemish and a little French.
GET AORUND: The best way to see Bruges is on foot.
TO GO OUT: A pint of beer costs around € 4.60.
ACCOMMODATION: A bed in a hostel starts at € 13, while a private room starts at € 22.
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