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Week-end in Bruges

Sometimes called "The Venice of the North", Bruges is the perfect destination for a romantic week-end.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.107 miles
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  Bruges (Brugge in Flemish) deserves its name of "Venice of the North".

Its downtown is indeed surrounded by canals that it is... more »

Tips:  Try the boat ride, a bike tour or a guided carriage ride!

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Points of Interest

1. Belfry

This monument was built between the sixteenth and the thirteenth century. It has 366 steps, measures 83 meters high and offers panoramic views over the city. On the second floor is the former treasury museum. The Belfry's carillon consists of 47 bells is the most famous in Europe

The museum is in the house Croon, a former wine tavern dating from around 1480. It traces the history of chocolate from the time of the Mayans and Aztecs and exposes the different stages of processing cocoa to the shelves, truffles and other chocolates. The tour ends with a tasting of chocolate.

It is also possible to book a workshop where you... More

Buy chocolate in Bruges may sound easy, but given the number of shops, it is very difficult to choose. Dumon Chocolatier you will not disappoint you.

4. Café

A good place to drink a fresh Beer. (or maybe 2)

It consists of a XII century Romanesque crypt of the Chapel of St. Basil, on the ground floor, and a Gothic chapel dating from 1480, the basilica itself, on the floor. Subsequently, the building has been redesigned several times, as shown by its Renaissance facade. You get to the upper chapel by a staircase from 1530 that reveals the relics of... More

This platform is one of the most beautiful in the city. It is bordered features and facades dominated by the Belfry. A boat ride on the canals are available from this location.

The Church of Our Lady of Bruges (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) is built in the thirteenth century on the site of a Romanesque church in the historic heart of Bruges. Its architecture is inspired by the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Tournai.

Between 1270 and 1340 is built tower 122 meters high, placed on the nave north aisle.

Towards the mid-fifteenth... More

This small museum offers an educational tour about the history of Bruges as the oldest diamond center of Europe, on the diamond mining and its cut. One can also see a demonstration of diamond cutting performed by an employee of the museum. Features: The demonstration of diamond cutting daily at 12.15.

Located near the Lake of Love, the Begijnhof was founded in 1245. It reflects the influence of the Beguine, widows or single women devoted to God. The assembly is composed of houses with picturesque surrounding a large courtyard garden, and a church. It is now occupied by Benedictine nuns who still wear the dress of the fifteenth century. One... More

If you are in Bruges, you MUST eat at this restaurant. But remember to book before ...

Lake of Love is a romantic place walk, surrounded by a picturesque park, the Minnewaterpark. It was once a
Inner Harbour shopping

Well located and with large rooms this hotel is one of many types of accommodation in Bruges

13. Train Station

Bruges is a city where cars are not welcome. Comming by train is probably the best solution.