Sweet Little Brugge!
Its many canals, historical city center, and off-course chocolates, beer, and fries all make Brugge a traveler’s paradise. The entire historical city center of Brugge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its landscapes are just to live for. It was raining the day we reached Brugge and it looked picture perfect with washed green color all around us.
Even though everyone suggested hopping on to a boat to see Brugge through its canals, we decided to walk around at our own pace enjoying all historic buildings, shops, and restaurants. My favorite food at Brugge was anything to do with chocolate – homemade chocolates to Belgian hot chocolate to waffle with chocolate toppings – as I said, anything to do with chocolates.
When in Brugge do visit the following places to just complete “The Brugge Experience”:
Grote Markt also known as the Market Square, is the largest square in city of Brugge surrounded by beautiful historical buildings with color (quite literally) and character. I went bonkers in with my camera, trying to capture the essence of this place and then sat there for hours just to observe the scenery around. Market square is located at the historic center with a backdrop of the famous Belfry Tower and Bruges history museum. The square is the center of all festivals, celebrations, tournaments, fairs, and much more.
Built in 1240 at the historic center of Brugge, Belfry is a medieval bell tower which housed city archives. In 1280 the tower and city archives were destroyed in a massive fire and the tower was rebuilt. One can take the Ariel view of the city from top of this tower. My suggestion is to definitely climb the Belfry, although I couldn’t do so, due to holiday rush we didn’t get the tickets after standing in the queue for about an hour.
Sint Salvator Cathedral
Also known as Bruges Cathedral, Sint Salvator Cathedral is one of the few buildings which had never been destroyed over the centuries. Built in 10th century as Parish Church, it was granted the cathedral status in 19th century.
Basilica of the Holy Blood
There is also the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges, which is a Roman Catholic basilica which is believed to house a cloth stained with blood of Christ