Bruges, known for its romantic streets and beautiful medieval buildings and canals did not disappoint, particularly since we were fortunate to be visiting under unusually sunny circumstances – at least that is what one of the local bar proprietors told us. We were staying in the historic center of Bruges (a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000) at Hotel Dukes’ Palace, a Boutique Hotel – a former residence of the Burgundian aristocracy, which equally didn’t disappoint!
Too many outstanding buildings to mention but Bruges’ most famous landmark is its 13th-century Belfort, also known as Belfry Tower (featured in the well-known movie, “In Bruges”) situated in the main square, housing a carillon comprising of 47 bells and the Church of Our Lady has brick spires that reach over 400 ft. making it one of the highest brick towers in the world.
There were many places to take a break from walking to eat chocolate waffles, any variety of chocolate truffles you could desire, delicious pain au chocolat’s and fries with mustard flavored mayonnaise that will tickle your taste buds and add inches to your waistline in no time. All this washed down by a cold Belgian beer. All in all, getting lost in Bruges makes a worthwhile adventure!