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Enjoy a Fairytale Holiday in Bruges

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

If you try and imagine what you thought of when hearing all those famous fairy tales when you were young, from Hansel and Gretel to the Three Little Pigs and now more recently the animated film Shrek, then you’re well on your way to imaging what the Belgium city of Bruges looks like today. It’s quite simply a stunning European treasure that really has to be seen to be believed. If you think Venice is beautiful then you aint seen nothing yet.

Located in the region of West Flanders, Bruges has around 117,000 people living amongst its canals, back streets and beautiful quaint little cottages. It’ll come as no great surprise when you arrive to find out that the historic quarter of Bruges became a UNESCO World Heritage Sight in 2000. The medieval churches, museums and houses look as though they haven’t even been taken out of their box.

  • Canal Trip

Forget Venice and Amsterdam, Bruges is the new king of the canals in Europe. You can’t go to Bruges without taking in a gentle relaxing boat ride along the canal. On average they take around half an hour and you can catch one of the many boats at various points around the city such as right near the famous Belfry Tower. They cost around 6 Euros for adults and a little less for children and are well worth it if you want to see the whole city from the best angle.

  • Belfry Tower

At 366 steps and over 80 metres in the air, the famous Belfry Tower in the main market square has stood guard over the city since the 13th Century and was once very useful for spotting any approaching dangers or problems within the city. Although the tower has been the victim of a number of fires and lightning strikes over the years, it continues to ring its 47 bells proudly today and has its own full time bell ringer called Aimé.

  • Church of Our Lady

Another building with a huge tower in the city is the beautiful 13th Century Church of Our Lady. At a colossal 122 metres high, the tower is the second largest brick tower in the world. The church is lucky enough to house some remarkable art works and none more stunning that Michelangelo’s marble sculpture of the Madonna and Child, which was brought to Belgium by a pair of merchants in 1514 and is one of very few works by the great man to have ever left Italy.

  • Brewery De Halve Maan

Forget the churches and the boat ride for a minute and consider a trip to a Belgium brewery. The De Halve Maan is one of the oldest in Belgium and it’s a real pride for a lot of the city’s inhabitants. Belgium beer is enjoyed all over the world and for only around 5 Euros you can take a tour of the whole complex and see exactly how the magic is created. You might even get to try some straight out the keg too, but go easy, it’s stronger than you think.

Picture of Bruges, Belgium originally posted by Wolfgang Staudt

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Venere Travel Blog writer phil mcdonald

Phil is a freelance writer working on various writing and editing projects ranging from feature film scripts to travel writing. He enjoys writing from experience and sharing information on the many places he has visited over the years

3 responses to “Enjoy a Fairytale Holiday in Bruges”

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  1. anne says:
    October 19th, 2008 at 16:12

    I love Bruge. Went to Spa for the Grandprix in September, and were lucky enough to have a stop there on our way back to Calais.

    We only had a hour, but managed to take some photos and do shopping. I did a post on my blog as well.

  2. helen says:
    October 21st, 2008 at 21:51

    thanks -this was a very helpful introduction to Bruges and has certainly inspired me to want to visit such an obviously enchanting place.

  3. Charles Binns says:
    December 8th, 2009 at 22:52

    I could go back to Bruges time and again. It’s a great place to visit anytime of year.

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