The world famous Christmas Market will be open during your stay. You will be able to roam the market stalls with their trinkets and street food as well as take advantage of the outdoor ice rink and magical atmosphere of this enchanting city adorned with lights and pretty decorations.
The Belfry of Bruges
The quintessential symbol of Bruges, the medieval belfry of Bruges, has inspired poets, wordsmiths… and filmmakers, being the prominent backdrop in the 2008 black comedy classic In Bruges and the subject of a notable poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. As the famous Fireside Poet wrote of the tower in “The Belfry of Bruges”, “Thrice consumed and thrice rebuilded, still it watches o’er the town”. Indeed!
Markt and Burg Squares
Markt and Burg squares provide Bruges with two unforgettable pedestrian areas. Both showcase masterpiece period architecture, one housing the City Hall and the other hosting the famous Christmas Market.
More proof Bruges is a premier UNESCO World Heritage city arrives via the Heilig-Bloedbasiliek, or Basilica of the Holy Blood. The macabre title comes from a venerable relic brought to Bruges from the Holy Land by Thierry of Alsace, Count of Flanders, in the early 12th century. Thought to be a cloth Joseph of Arimathea himself kept with the blood of Jesus Christ, the “Relic of the Precious Blood” makes the 12th century minor basilica a major pilgrimage site in the Roman Catholic faith.
Church of our Lady
The Church of Our Lady is one of the cityscape jewels of Bruges. Another paramount brick Gothic landmark built in the late Middle Ages, it contains the indelible Madonna and Child sculpture by none other than Michelangelo.
Sint-Salvator is the cathedral church of Bruges and as a result, is pre-eminent within the historic city. Though subject to various periods of restoration, the cathedral remains largely as it was when it was built in the 10th century.
One of the most important art collections in Belgium is at the Groeningemuseum in Bruges. The municipal museum has a near-priceless array of Flemish Primitive, Baroque and Renaissance works.
The Gothic Hall of Bruges is a majestic and austere landmark that punctuates a photogenic enclave of the old city.
The Begijnhof of Bruges is one of many remarkable Flemish Béguinages – almshouses run by lay women as of the 13th century in what is now north France, Belgium and parts of the Netherlands and west Germany – that together, comprise a vital UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bruges is the chocolate city par excellence. The city has more than 50 passionate chocolatiers and acts as a genuine chocolate laboratory. This is a place where established names and fresh up-and-coming talent complement each other. In Bruges, you can both sample the traditional chocolate craft and boundary-pushing chocolate creations.
Bruges is called the epicentre of the world’s gastronomy for good reason. The city places itself on the menu with an impressive list of first-class restaurants including 7 Michelin starred establishments.
However, there is an array of choice for all tastes and budgets with a great selection of bars, cafes and bistros serving a variety of food and drink, including the eponymous Moules Frites.