Often described as the Venice of the North, Bruges is a beautiful place to visit for a relaxing weekend. With its breathtaking churches and peaceful aura, it captures the heart of most who visit.
In the winter when the night sets in, the lights are especially stunning and create a romantic atmosphere perfect for a stroll around the town. If you stick to the back streets it not only seems as though you have the place to your self, but it is also has a particularly medieval feel and you can truly see how old Bruges is. As Harry (Ralph Feinns) says in In Bruges, it's a fairy-tale town; please note, if you haven't seen the film, watch it, it's brilliant!
Things I would recommend doing:
- Take a canal tour - you can see much more of the town this way and it's always nice to learn a bit more about a town/city by having a guide.
- Visit the Markt - a square in the centre full of horse-drawn carriages, charming buildings and the fabulous belfry towering above you.
- Eat Belgian chocolates (they're not like anything you can buy in the UK) and drink Belgian beer.