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. Best ways to explore Bruges has it that on your Belgium travels, Bruges should be your number one stop for its infinite wealth. 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 Breidelstraat runs from the Market to the Burg and is also near by Bruges Market Square and Church of our Lady and is one of the best ways to explore Bruges.

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. The Bruges City Hall is one of the oldest city halls in the entire Netherlands region in Burg Square in the area of former fortified castle in the center of Bruges is an obvious choice for best ways to explore Bruges.

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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. The Church of our Lady of Bruges or Notre Dame is a reliquary itself with Gothic structure with the second highest tower in the world and is definitely one of the best ways to explore Bruges.

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. The Basilica of Holy Blood is a Roman Catholic minor basilica that houses a venerated relic of Christ and is one of the best ways to explore Bruges.

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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Comments

  1. Beautiful photos and so much interesting and helpful information! I’ve always wanted to visit Belgium, it looks so quaint and pretty. The Stadhuis van Brugge looks so impressive!

  2. I must admit, Belgium is not a place I put much thought into about visiting but you gave me a lot to think about, maybe it should go on my travel list. The Canal trip is what really stands out to me the most.

  3. I can’t wait until the day I may finally see Belgium for myself. My great grandmother had such wonderful stories she would tell of the time she went there. The fine chocolates, the signature beers, and the marvelous architecture are on my list.

  4. What a useful post! I have never been to Belgium despite living quite near, your pictures and descriptions have fascinated me!

  5. I never thought about visiting Belgium until this post. Your pictures are fantastic and tips are great. Looks like a great place to explore.

  6. I absolutely love your beautiful photographs! Everything is so quaint and gorgeous! I would adore visiting here someday…

  7. Who knew that Belgium was so beautiful!? Great tips for visiting the different places. The canal trip sounds wonderful!

  8. Very beautiful photos, Sounds like a fun and nice cultural trip. Something different while admiring beauty and history

  9. Bruges looks amazing! My mom went a couple of years ago and said that I have to go! The food you described sounds delicious and the scenary is to die for!

  10. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. I’m loving the St. Bonafacius Bridge. Looks so romantic!

  11. Your post reminded me of the wonderful time I have spent in Brugges a few years ago, for my birthday. It is a wonderful city and walking alongside the canals is so pretty. I recommend taking a boat trip as well, as the views change whilst you are on the water.

  12. I have never been, or even heard of Bruges. What a STUNNING town. I am especially in awe of the Market Square and the Canals. So romantic and you’re right – it’s right out of a postcard!

  13. You’ve captured the true heart of the city in your beautiful photos. It really is a stunning place to visit. I would also recommend to anyone

  14. Shubhada Bhide : January 19, 2018 at 11:06 am

    You’re right!! Those are some great places to explore while in Belguim. and I have never been in Belguim and it looks quite interesting for me. Will surely add this to my travel lists.

  15. I am so glad you posted this as I am going to Belgium on Monday. The pictures are absolutely stunning and now I’m even more excited.

  16. These are some really good tips and you have some lovely pictures here. Belgium is definitely on my list now.

  17. I love Brussels, it is one of my favorite countries. Your photos of Bruges are stunning. You have inspired me to go back.

  18. I love all of the pictures you took! This is a really great travel guide. I have always wanted to visit Belguim!

  19. I’ve only ever passed through Belgium on a whistle stop tour, I would love to visit properly with the family.

  20. Lake of love is soooo romantic and beautiful to take long walks alongside…such beautiful photographs..

  21. I love Bruges. We’ve been many times and always had such a great experience.

  22. That view from the canal is so stunning it makes me dream of being there right now! Gorgeous photos and a lovely write up 🙂

  23. This post definitely contained excellent information for traveling there. This town certainly looks like an amazing city to visit, I will have to add it to my bucket list! Thank you for sharing, you have beautiful photos!

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