Bruges or Brugge (in Flemish) is a stunning medieval town in the west of Belgium. This UNESCO World Heritage site is world-famous for its heritage buildings and canals, intricate lace and some yummy delights: mussels and fries (‘moules et frites’, or ‘mosselen en frieten’ in Flemish), CHOCOLATES and BEER! Yes, Bruges is a paradise for chocolate and beer-lovers. There are many chocolate boutiques, and cafés which serve hundreds of beers. If you’re looking for exquisite cuisine, Bruges also boasts some of the best restaurants in Belgium (see Culinary Journey: Bruges). In addition, Bruges has some fascinating museums that are certainly worth exploring, such as the Chocolate Museum, the Friet (Belgian fries) Museum and the Diamond Museum.
The best way to explore Bruges is to walk. You’ll soon discover that the word ‘quaint’ was probably invented here! The lovely centuries-old buildings, cobblestone streets, enchanting squares, picturesque canals and gorgeous houses will transport you back to an almost surreal medieval world (if you can block out the droves of day-trippers!). A visit to Belgium would not be complete without spending at least two days in Bruges.
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