We spent last weekend in the beautiful fairytale Belgian city of Bruges. I say fairytale because wandering around Bruges especially at night makes you feel like you are in the middle of a film set. Our home for two nights was the Flanders Hotel on Langestraat, the hotel is easy to find, has its own parking, nice rooms, good breakfast, a nice bar and for Bruges which is quite expensive offers good value for money. To top all of that, it is only a short walk to all of the main attractions in Bruges.
The wonderful thing about Bruges is that so long as you have a city map in your hand, it is really hard to get lost. As impressive as the Markt is, take the time to wander beyond this central square to explore more of the city and escape the expensive restaurants that line the permiter of the square.
The canals of Bruges play an important role in city life and are a popular way to see the city, however like when visiting the Belfort be ready to queue if its a busy day during high season.
One area definitely worth visiting is the Bruges Begijnhof, entered via an 18the century gatehouse at the end of a bridge which runs over the canal, this is an area of quiet tree-lined paths faced by white, gables houses. The nuns who live in these houses are Benedictine sisters who moved here originally in the 1830s.
|Entrance to the Begijnhof|
|Inside the Begijnhof|
Just south of the Begijnhof, you'll find the Minnewater, a lovely park with a lake. Apparently Minnewater is often referred to as the Lake of Love, so if you are looking for a romantic spot, look no further !
Between us we took over 200 photos in just two days and as I'm typing this blogpost, I'm finding it increasingly difficult to choose which ones to use and where to stop. Hopefully by now if you've taken the time to read our post on Bruges you'll have seen what a wonderful place to visit this city is. Time for some more photos...
|Vismarkt - Fish market|
I hope you'll have got a sense of what a fabulous destination Bruges is for a short break. With the cities of Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels close by you could even use the city as a base to visit more of this part of Belgium. If I had to pick out some negatives, be warned it can be expensive, we paid €18 for a coffee, a tea and a slice of apple pie on a tearoom/restaurant on the Burg. In some restaurants the service can be below average, if you come across a waiter called Frederic in Mozarthuys on Huidenvettersplein don't expect to get a smile from him. All that aside, we had a fantastic time in Bruges, a very special city, one not to miss.