Recommended: Best ways to explore Bruges while in Belgium

recommended best ways to explore bruges while in Belgium

Recommended: Best ways to explore Bruges while in Belgium

Bruges is postcard perfect medieval town is a testament to the ensemble and reminiscences of Middle Ages of the burghers is essentially known as the Venice of the north and transports you to a forgotten era of this quaint town of Flanders which is the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium. A Bruges city card lets you in the hotspots for free. A quick orientation in the rendezvous points of the city can be done on foot or bike. The charm of the Ancient Brugge can be captured from Fussen, Blinde Ezelstraat or Blind Donkey Alley, Peerdunbrug, Wollestraat, Steenstraat, Breidelstraat, Poortersloge of Burgher’s Lodge of the Bourgeois, Poertoren or Powder Tower and.

Frites and mayonnaise, Belgian waffles with Nutella, icing sugar and Chantilly cream, caramel in apple balsamic vinegar, almond praline with quinoa and bacon, mussels, North Sea prawns, waffles with whipped cream or wafel met slagroom with toppings, apple tart, Ciney Beer, Jupiler beer are a must try. Belgian chocolate is of high quality yet morish and must try.

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Antique lace boutiques on Briedelstraat with fine lace making craft and workmanship and getting hands on Bobbin laces, artisan, gourmet and handcrafted chocolates tasting menus with the likes of pralines, truffles, white and dark chocolate, cream liqueur fillings and strawberry ganache in the celebrated chocolate shops and learning ground for chocolate connoisseurs since the time of Mayans and Aztecs on Sint-Jansplein in Choco- story museum in de Croon building, tasting of book sized beers with the likes of

Brugse Zot or Bruges Lunatic, Strong Henry or Straffe Hendrike and Blonde in De Halve Maan Brewery or Half Moon brewery for it is the last one standing, the story behind Belgian chips and fries served with mayo and curry ketchup in the Frietmuseum on Vlamingstraat, clock towers gothic churches canals with arched footbridges and stone bridges, windmills at of Koeleweimolen and Sint Janshuismolen in Kruisvest are located on the city side levee, gabled mansions with weathervanes, clip-clop of the horse drawn carriages, Folklore museum amidst white washed alms houses make this town Je ne Sais Quoi.

The illustrious Market square of Bruges is at the walking distance of the City town hall and town centre Grote Markt with its vast open square bustling with the architectural wonders of the ornate medieval buildings and step gabled and step fronted houses with handmade glass erections and sills from different periods in the style of Gothic, Renaissance and Neo-Classicist with the likes of Gothic Provinciaal Hof, Craenenburg and Huis Bouchoute. The statue of Jan Breidel en Pieter de Coninck is a wonder.

Stadhuis Town Hall or Stadhuis van Brugge is in Gothic style with façade, pilasters, fortified walls and towers, turrets, arched windows, elliptical niches, timber vaulted hall, murals and statues carved out from Baldwin Iron exemplify Renaissance craftsmanship to its best.

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Cathedral of our lady or Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk in Dijver is a structure from 13th century is 112 meter high with the distinguished features of naves, aisles, calvary and chapel. Madonna Virgin and Child is a sculpture of rare work by Michelangelo on the altar is an architectural treasure, the triptych Adoration of the Shepherds and Transfiguration of Christ are eminent works. The church of Our Lady Notre Dame is also a haven near to the Cathedral of our lady.

Basilica of Holy Blood or Heilig-Bloedbasiliek a 12th century structure in the central plaza of Burg houses a sacred relic of a rock crystal vial that has a drop of Christ’s Blood from the Holy land way back from the Second crusade. The Grand Procession of the Holy Blood on the Ascension Day with the bishop of Bruges with the holy relic is simply divine. The Romanesque lower chapel, Gothic upper chapel, façade, arches, gilded statues of knights and ladies, phial, spiral staircases, stained glass and murals are the compelling highlights of the Basilica.

Hof Arents houses St. Bonafacius Bridge also known as the Lover’s bridge houses a series of sculptures known as the Knights of the Apocalypse.

Augustijnenburg or Augustinians Bridge is a stone bridge and was the first of its kind built in the canal city by the monks of the Augustinian friary to the north of the canal.

Hof de Jonghe park is the ultimate haven for sheep. Knokke Heist, Ostende and Zeebrugge beaches are an ultimate retreat.

The Princely Beguinage of the Vineyard or Prinselijk Begijnhof ten Wijngaerde of the Begijnhof district is a commune of found by the Countess of Constantinople of the 13th century order with protected walls, chapel, whitewashed cobblestone courtyard, white painted windows, gardens boulevards and wind bent trees. There is a Gothic lock house called Sluishuis or Sashuis in its vicinity.

Canal trip are the ringed waterways bookended and canalized by the canals crisscrossing the city takes you to the journey of the city’s primeval architecture and bridge houses starting from Huidenvettersplein and with the most perfect views from Rozenhoedkaai and Quay of the Rosary.

Dijver Mansions are the 15th century buildings at the far end of the Dijver canals houses collection of antiques and applied arts such as laceworks, porcelains, pewter ware, ceramics, mother-of-pearl ware, tapestries, carvings, weaponry, dispensary, equipment and fittings, guillotine and a Flemish Kitchen in the Gruuthusemuseum houses the Lords of Gruuthuse.

Groeninge Museum or Stedelihk Voor Schone Kunst has a comprehensive collection of Flemish, Dutch and Belgian paintings by the Flemish primitives and modernists with the likes of Jan Van Eyck and Hans Memling. Madonna and the donor, Canon van der Paele and Last Judgement are some of the ephemeral works. Arendtshuis Park or Sculpture Garden linked to the museum is enclosed by a hedge houses verdigris bronze statue of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Biblical Book of Revelations.

Lake of Love or Het Minnewater Lake was originally a dock for the local legend of barges is a lake bridge with winding paths, paddles and willows is on the far side of the outer harbour of Wijngaardplein. The name of this lake is derived from the Dutch word Menne which means love.

The city theatre of Bruges is a Renaissance building in the Jan Van Eyck Square nearing the Old Troll house with a statue featuring Papageno from Mozart’s The Magic flute.

Walking route to Belfry en Hallen or Belfry and Market Halls is the bell tower of Belfort which has 366 steep narrow steps and is 83 metres tall can be entered from the Halle’s inner courtyard. The upper section of the crowning balcony above the rear entrance, clockwork, foot brick spire, treasure room and the carillon of bells are simply enchanting.

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