Bruges – The Venice of the North
It is one of the most beautiful historical cities – not only in Flanders, but in the world! Here you can eat something nice (waffles and fries are a must if you are in Belgium), stroll through the winding streets and alleyways and discover lots of things – there is just so much to see …
This beautiful city has a lot of old buildings and great houses. A small disadvantage, however, is, there are too many people that know about the charm of Bruges. There are approximately 5,000,000 tourists in the 20,000 inhabitants core area, so there is always something going on. This place is a true treasure trove of historical and architectural art treasures. In the 13th century, Bruges was a weaver city, today it has developed into a tourist metropolis with medieval charm.
Especially the market square (Grote Markt) is worth seeing. It’s funny to see how lots of people strike the same pose, since everybody seems to be taking a panorama photo. You can only imagine how pompous this place used to be. All around, you will find many small, very charming cafes and restaurants. It is wonderful to sit outside and watch people passing by.
The highlight is definitely a boat trip on the canals of Bruges. Sitting on the boat you can relax and watch the most beautiful corners of the city from the water.
If you want to spend a few hours at the seaside, I can recommend Knokke-Heist. This idyllic village on the Belgian coast is just a 20-minute drive away, in the province of West Flanders. With its twelve kilometer-long, fine-grained sand beach and the extensive dunes, it is a tourist attraction.
Here you can sit wonderfully in the sand or in the beach basket, enjoying the sun and relax. Why travel so far when the good things are just so close?