• Bruges

Bruges

With pointy gilded architecture, stay-a-while cafés, vivid time-tunnel art, and dreamy canals dotted with swans, Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) is a heavyweight sightseeing destination, as well as a joy. Where else can you ride a bike along a canal, munch mussels and wash them down with the world's best beer, savor heavenly chocolate, and see Flemish Primitives and a Michelangelo, all within 300 yards of a bell tower that jingles every 15 minutes?

At a Glance

▲▲ Groeninge Museum Top-notch collection of mainly Flemish art.

▲▲ Bell Tower Overlooking the Markt, with 366 steps to a worthwhile view and a carillon close-up.

▲▲ Burg Square Historic square with sights and impressive architecture.

▲▲ Memling Museum/St. John's Hospital Art by the greatest of the Flemish Primitives.

▲▲ Church of Our Lady Tombs and church art, including Michelangelo's Madonna and Child.

▲▲ Begijnhof Benedictine nuns' peaceful courtyard and Beguine's House museum.

▲▲ De Halve Maan Brewery Tour Fun tour that includes beer.

▲▲ Biking Exploring the countryside and pedaling to nearby Damme.

Markt Main square that is the modern heart of the city, with carillon bell tower.

Basilica of the Holy Blood Romanesque and Gothic church housing a relic of the blood of Christ.

City Hall Beautifully restored Gothic Room from 1400, plus the Renaissance Hall.

Chocolate Shops Bruges' specialty, sold at Dumon, The Chocolate Line, Confiserie De Clerck, and on and on.

Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum The whole delicious story of Belgium's favorite treat.

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  • Bruges Night Canal
  • Big Fries in Bruges, Belgium
  • Chocolatier in Bruges, Belgium
  • Beers in Pub, Bruges, Belgium

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