Bruges is nowadays  a little town in in the Belgian province of Flandres, where the people speak a Germanic language, very close to Dutch. It only counts 100 000 inhabitants, but it is one of the favorite travel destinations in Belgium, Europe and worldwide. And let me tell you a secret, that only few people know: Bruges was still at the beginning of the XIXth Century one of the first travel destination for mass tourism, a favorite destination for the British and German aristocracy.

Discover Bruges on its many channels, as it is renowned as the Venice of the North.

Discover Bruges through a trip on its many channels, as it is renowned as the Venice of the North.

So, this is one explanation for the today success of  Bruges travel: people have gone to Bruges for generations, and Bruges is renowned as a splendid travel destination! But there are many other explanations, and I am going to reveal it to you.

Bruges is very easy reachable by plane (to the nearest airports from Brussels, Charleroi and Lille), by car, or by train, as Belgium has one of the best railway network in the all Europe.

De Grote Markt (The Big Square Market) is a must see in Bruges

De Grote Markt (The Big Square Market) is a must see in Bruges

Visit the little town of today and think to the wealthy flourishing harbor from the year 1050, which was one of the richest cities in that times Europe. The contemporary Bruges can only dream of the past glory. Two centuries later Bruges (or Brugge for the Dutch friends) completely decayed, as the harbor was no longer useable. From those glorious past times we can still see an interesting Old Town ( no cars allowed) with a few remarcable churches and even a Belfry with 100 bells, when you can hear unbelievable bell concerts.

Visiting the Belfry you can get a bell concert, and a wonderful panoramic view of the all Bruges. But you need to climb 366 steps!

Visiting the Belfry you can get a bell concert, and also a wonderful panoramic view of the all Bruges. But you need to climb 366 steps!

For the today Bruges (which is actually the only one you can visit) bear in mind that is overcrowded in summer, and you must book your stay in advance. The flemmish kitchen is the arm sister of the refined French kitchen, and if you try to compare them you can be easily dissapointed. Nevertheless, you can find in Bruges some restaurants with an amazing kitchen; among them De Carmelieten, ranked among world’s best 50 restaurants.

A picturesque street in Bruges Old Town

A picturesque street in Bruges Old Town

So, dear friends, Bruges is still looking for its past glory, but it’s not a ghost town and wates for you.

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