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Known as the Venice of the North, Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was a justified motive that prompted UNESCO in 2000 to include the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage list. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. The wealth of museums is a striking image of this city's stirring history. Bruges is also home to contemporary culture, such as the new Concert Hall, which is one of the most prominent music complexes in Flanders. The restaurants in Bruges which offer gastronomic cuisine and the exclusive hotels are a true feast for those who enjoy the good things in life.
Top things to do in Bruges
Burg - square
The Burg square is one of the earliest inhabited places of the city. People settled here as early as in the second and third centuries of our era. In the ninth century, the count of Flanders chose the Burg square as his base of operation. At that time, a fortification had been built here in defence against violent viking attacks. In the tenth century, Saint-Donatian's church was built. The clergymen affiliated with this church were headed by a provost. They were also amongst the most important officials in the count's entourage. At the beginning of the twelfth century, the provost had become so powerful that Count Charles the Good decided to discharge him. But before he had had a chance to do so, the count was brutally murdered in the church in 1127. The whole of Europe was shocked by the event. After numerous structural alterations, the church was finally given its gothic appearance. Unfortunately, like many others, the church was destroyed during the French occupation. In 2002, when Bruges was Cultural Capital of Europe, a contemporary pavilion by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito was built in the very same place. The shape of the water encircling the pavilion refers to the architecture of the former church, a centralised structure. The Town Hall dates from the fourteenth century. Before that period, the City Council of Bruges met in the Market Square. After a fire, they decided to move their headquarters to the Burg Square. Until the French occupation, the Council also had judicial authority. The Old Recorder's house, situated to the left of the Town Hall, is one of the few renaissance buildings in Bruges. To the right of the Town Hall is the Basilica of the Holy Blood, where the relic of the Holy Blood is kept. Pageants and processions started and ended on this square for centuries. The countryside around Bruges was governed from the Mansion of the Liberty of Bruges from the late Middle Ages until 1795. From that time on, it housed Bruges' law courts. Now, it is home to various municipal departments.
Bruggemuseum - City Hall - outside
Bruges' City Hall (1376-1420) is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. The lovely building from outside and inside was built in 1376.
Bruges by boat Coudenys
No visit is complete without a boat trip on the famous canals of Bruges. Floating down the canals, you will discover the city from a completely different angle. Indeed, some beauty spots are only accessible by water. The boats sail from five different locations. Each trip lasts thirty minutes. The captain of the vessel will give you expert explanation of all places of interest.
Bruggemuseum - Belfry - inside
This most important of Bruges' towers stands 83 metres tall. It houses a treasure-chamber where the statutes where kept, an impressive clock mechanism and a carillon with 47 silver-toned bells. Your reward after a climb up the tower's 366 stairs is a breathtaking and unforgettable panoramic view of Bruges and her surroundings.
This hotel is located in Oudenburg. Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is a regional attraction. Additional regional points of interest include Bruges Belfry. Hotel De Stokerij offers a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. The property provides room service during limited hours. Recreational amenities at Hotel De Stokerij include a sauna and a steam room. Meeting facilities include conference rooms and banquet facilities. This property also offers barbecue grills, a picnic area, and a fireplace in the lobby. Onsite parking is complimentary. Hotel De Stokerij is a smoke-free property.
Hotel - Restaurant 't Putje
Thanks to its central location, the 't Putje Hotel makes you feel the heartbeat of old Bruges. You will be immersed in the heart of the glorious past of this unique city: the Steenstraat, the Minnewaterpark and the market place, as well as the belfry and the town hall can be reached within a few minutes walk. On the other side of the hotel street you find the stylish concert hall, that was built in 2002, when Bruges has been nominated as Cultural Capital of Europe. The property, recently renovated, offers nice and cosy bedrooms as well as public areas where guests can relax and enjoy a comfortable stay. In the hotel premises you can also find a fine restaurant with a terrace, a bar, Internet access and a warm welcome from the well-trained staff at the reception desk.
Karel de Stoute
The Karel de Stoute Hotel is a charming, peaceful property located in a picturesque and historic neighbourhood in the very heart of Brugge, close to the railway station and the major city's attractions. The property offers comfortable rooms, a cosy breakfast room which can be used as a reading room off the breakfast hours, a cellar bar with comfortable lounges and a friendly and welcoming service which will make you feel the hotel's homely atmosphere.
Hotel Malleberg is a charming family hotel, unique in Bruges, enjoying a privileged location, near the Place Burg and the Market squares, and offering a contemporary and tasteful décor. A delicious and comprehensive breakfast buffet is served every morning and an afternoon tea or coffee will be served in the hotel lounge. Free high-speed and wireless Internet access is also available throughout the hotel. The Malleberg hotel is the perfect solution for your leisure stays in the Belgian medieval city of Bruges, thanks to its convenient location in the city center, its intimate ambience and the warm welcome of the hotel professional staff.
Best Western Richmond
Offering 3 star hotel accommodation near the beach, the Best Western Hotel Richmond in Blankenberge makes for a well-located choice for your accommodation during a holiday in Blankenberge, Belgium. You will find yourself on top of the harbour, casinos and promenade so you can leave the car behind and enjoy all the sights of this charming seaside town on foot. If you have been searching the net for reasonably-priced Blankenberge hotels, then you may have found the right one! Being part of the Best Western Hotels group, the Richmond Hotel guarantees top quality from its name alone and is sure to impress even the most discerning guest. Local points of interest include the Sea Life Center aquarium, the historic old town hall and the medieval city of Bruges, which is just a short ride away. The Brasserie Leffe Plaza is the place to dine at the Best Western Richmond Hotel, serving a range of local treats for you to enjoy. Further hotel amenities include a bar, sauna, solarium and a guest laundry. Wireless internet access is available in all public areas and rooms of the Best Western Richmond Hotel. Please note: dogs are not allowed in the hotel.