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Bruges

Known for Museum, Beer and Historical Building

Medieval architecture, meandering canals and exquisite chocolate and beer: it's no wonder that more than 2 million tourists flock to this Belgian city each year.

How do you get to Bruges?

Nunneries, belfries, guild houses, stone-paved squares and canals provide fascinating glimpses into Bruges’ past. Today, the old center of Bruges is an internationally recognized World Heritage Site and the most popular destination in Belgium, but architecture and history are just part of the city’s appeal. Enjoy some of Belgium's famous beer and rich chocolate as you discover all that Bruges has to offer.

Walking is the simplest and perhaps the best way to see the compact town, but there are other options. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride from the park near the tranquil Minnewater or a boat tour of the stunning Canals of Bruges.

At the center of Bruges is its Grote Markt, a pedestrian zone featuring exquisitely decorative architecture. Climb the Belfort for the finest views of the city. Other places of interest include the Heilige Bloed Basiliek (Basilica of the Holy Blood), St. Salvator's Cathedral, Old St. John's Hospital and numerous bridges over the canals. If you have a rainy day, visit the Groeningemuseum and admire the mastery of the region's artists through the ages. Get insight into the religious history of Bruges at Begijnhof, a nunnery that has been in operation since the 13th century.

It's not just the history you must sample, however. Belgium is renowned for its unique brews, so be sure to try several beers along with your moules frites (mussels and fries). For dessert, visit Choco-Story, The Chocolate Museum, where you can study the history of Belgian chocolate before sampling this famous export.

Bruges is a perennial tourist attraction. It’s busiest during the summer when music and dance festivals fill the weekends. Cactus Festival in July features rock and reggae in Minnewaterpark. August's MAfestival focuses on early music with organ, harpsichord, pianoforte and baroque choirs.

Bruges is charming in the colder months too, especially with seasonal attractions such as the Bruges Christmas Market and the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival, both held November to December. Seeing Bruges with a frosting of snow on the ancient buildings is an experience you'll never forget.

Things to do in Bruges

The historical heart of Bruges is framed by guild buildings and the Provincial Court. Presiding over the square is the imposing Belfort.

Bruges' multi-aged bell tower dominates the skyline and is the city's most recognizable feature. Views from the top are stunning.

The “lake of love” is a gorgeous spot for a scenic stroll or waterside picnic, a relaxing haven from the busy streets of Bruges' historical center.

Step from the busy market square into a tranquil, centuries-old commune inhabited by nuns blessed with the singing voices of angels.

Six centuries of Belgian and Flemish art are displayed in one of the country's foremost galleries.

Acquaint yourself with the history of chocolate before seeing it being crafted by hand. There are several varieties to taste at the end of the tour.

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Discover Bruges, an immaculately preserved medieval old town, just over the border into Belgium. Team up with an experienced guide to hear stories about this picture-perfect town while you explore charming streets, quaint canals, and exquisite shops selling everything from monk-brewed beer to handmade chocolates.

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Cross the border into Belgium to explore the picture-perfect Gothic city of Bruges. The unique cobblestone streets and beautiful canals have given it the nickname “Venice of the North.” It's a fascinating blend of medieval architecture and modern European culture.

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Learn all about the Canadians' contributions to World War I during a fascinating guided tour of some of the conflict's most significant battlefields. Enjoy your journey in the company of a friendly guide who boasts 20 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to share.

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Head into the Low Countries for a day spent exploring the canals and historic sights of Bruges. With insight into the sights from an audio guide and the freedom to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your leisure, this trip gives you a great look at the peaceful charm of West Holland.

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Bruges is really the most enchanting city of Belgium. The entire city is protected by UNESCO as cultural heritage of humanity.

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Sink your teeth into the mouthwatering side of Bruges with a tour to uncover the city's best spots to buy pastries, chocolate, coffee, waffles, seafood, and frites. With your own private guide leading the way, discover hidden restaurants and cozy cafes, where you can purchase food to eat there or take home with you.

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