Did you know that Bruges’ historic city center is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO? It really should come as no surprise then that Bruges is something like a real life museum. From the ubiquitous Gothic architecture which predates the medieval times to the lively pubs, Bruges is the perfect destination for both history buffs and Belgian beer fanatics alike.
4. The Beer
3. The Chocolate
2. The Architecture
1. The Canals
During the Middle Ages, due to its dense network of waterways, Burges was considered to be one of the major commercial centers of Europe and its name is thought to have been derived from the Old Dutch word for “bridge”: brugga. Quaint Bruges boasts more than 80 bridges! Think Amsterdam with medieval charm. We highly recommend a canal tour to start off your trip in Bruges. It’s always interesting to tour a city by water as it offers new perspectives. If you’re only spending a few hours or even a day in Bruges, sailing the city is your best bet as you can knock out the most important landmarks in half the time. And luckily most landmarks are just a stones throw away.