By James Andrew A Wright
Bruges is a charming medieval town in Belgium, Europe. The city is known as the 'Venice of the North', and is a renowned World Heritage Site.
Picturesque buildings, medieval architecture and winding waterways will take you back to days gone by.
Many tourists take a short visit to Bruges from Brussels, but there is too much to see in this charming city in one day - so many visitors opt for a longer break. When the sun goes down, after many tourists leave, the City becomes even more beautiful.
Brugge is a beautiful day trip location throughout the year, and makes a perfect trip from the Calais region of France.
Things to do in Bruges
- Take a relaxing canal tour of the medieval canal waterways
- Treat yourself to a horse drawn carriage trip along the cobbled streets of the medieval City
- Immerse yourself in the variety of Belgian chocolate shops and sweet outlets
- Sit and relax outside one of the many delicatessens, and perhaps treat yourself to a traditional Belgian waffle or one of dozens traditional beers.
- Visit De Halve Maan Brewery to find out the history of the beer making process in Bruges - and treat yourself to a pint after your tour
- Visit the Church of Our Lady. Dating from the 1100s, with a 120m tall spire, this church is arguably one of the most spectacular in Western Europe. In the church you can find the Madonna and Child painting by Michaelangelo. Its tower, at over 122 meters in height, is the highest building in the city,and is the second tallest brickwork tower in the world.
- Walk around the market square. Bruges market is a square dominated by the town hall in the middle of town, surrounded by many little souvenir shops.
- Visit the Pablo Picasso museum, which can be found at the Oud Sint-Jan congress centre. In this exhibition is in excess of 100 authentic Picasso works of art, including engravings and rare sketches.
- If you are an art lover then you should also visit the Salvador Dali museum, located on the main square, and inside the City halls of the Belfry. In the museum you will find numerous painting, sketches and sculptures. Admission is presently 10 Euros.
James Wright is the site editor of DayTripstoFrance.org.uk, a resource providing information and advice to cross Channel day trippers on enjoying a France Day Trip
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