Belgium's Medieval Fairy Tale Town: Bruges

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If you set out to design a fairy-tale medieval town, it would be hard to improve upon central Bruges (Brugge in Dutch). Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. And there’s plenty of it.

Bruges has a history that is richer and much longer than that of the country of Belgium itself, dating back two millennia.

By the 9th century, Bruges already had a citadel and fortifications formidable enough to discourage any potential attacker. The Norsemen must have thought it was better and more effective in the long-term to be friends and make money rather than engaging in siege warfare.

Even the small streets are maginificent!

However, in the 11th century, Bruges' direct access channels to the sea started to silt up. While the city did remain connected to the sea via a canal to Damme until the 15th century, this forced Bruges to start using secondary ports like Sluis and Damme to maintain the steady flow of goods to and from the city.

When in Bruges, you can be transported back to centuries gone by with art, music, or architecture without missing out on the best contemporary art.

The belfry of Bruges (Dutch: Belfort van Brugge) is a medieval bell tower in the historical center of Bruges, Belgium. One of the city's most prominent symbols, the belfry formerly housed a treasury, the municipal archives, and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger.

Do not forget to take a canal tour!

The city center is compact, bustling, and arranged around a friendly square. The colorful buildings and circling canals give this great little city a very special look and atmosphere.

The city is surrounded by some nice forested areas ideal for nature walks. The Beisbroek forest even has a public observatory.

Most buildings are from the 12th century which will make you feel like you are on a historical movie set.

The Church of Our Lady and The Cathedral of St. Salvador

The Church of Our Lady and The Cathedral of St. Salvador are two of the most important religious temples of Bruges. Chuch of Our Lady is also the second highest brick tower in the world after Martin's Church.

It is simply romantic...

It will add a distinct beauty to your relationship with your partner when you travel this magnificent city. I would like to wish good luck to the ones that will go alone. Who knows, maybe there is a nice surprise waiting for you.

Not to mention that lace, chocolate, and beer are the first products that come to mind when Bruges is mentioned.

You will find a lot of the nature!

There’s a special charm in spring when daffodils carpet the tranquil courtyard of the historic Begijnhof retreat, or in winter (except Christmas) when you can have the magnificent, if icy, town almost to yourself.

Pay attention to the doors to see some artworks!

As you travel around the city, your attention will be drawn to the most colorful and individually designed gates.

Welcome to the medieval wonder of modern times!

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