Saturday, July 24, 2021

One day exploring the most beautiful city in Belgium

Visitors can enjoy handcrafted chocolate, admire the winding canals and splendid Gothic architecture in a day wandering in Bruges (West Flanders, Belgium).

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Bruges is the most famous tourist city in Belgium. Today, this place still retains the splendor of the medieval Gothic architecture. In 2000, Bruges' historic center was recognized as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations (UNESCO). Photo: Telegraph.

With a dense network of canals in the city center, Bruges is often referred to as the "Venice of the North". Sitting on the boat, visitors will see the reflection of ancient buildings and willow trees in the blue water of the canal. In the evening, the city lights up, illuminating the waterways creating a magnificent scene. Photo: Tripadvisor.
In the 15th century, Bruges became the cradle of primitive Flemish art, setting the stage for Renaissance culture to develop. Visitors who love painting can enjoy these artistic masterpieces at famous and old museums such as Gruuthusemuseum, Historium Bruges, Sin-Janshospitaal (Saint John's Hospital)... Photo: Dinh Kien.
The Church of Our Lady is the most magnificent structure in Bruges, with a height of 115 m. It also houses Michelangelo's marble sculpture and the precious statue of Madonna. Visitors visit the basilica of the Holy Blood to admire two beautiful chapels in Gothic and Romanesque styles. Photo: Dreamstime.
The 700-year-old Belfry Bell Tower is located in the Grote Markt, "the heart of Bruges". Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Bruges after completing the 366 steps to the bell tower. Inside Belfry also displays the seals, medieval texts of the city treasury. Photo:
Listening to the ringing of bells is an interesting experience when tourists come to Bruges. In the 16th century, the city installed carillons - musical instruments consisting of keyboards that control bronze bells - on church bell towers. Visitors can hear this pleasant sound when walking or cycling through Bruges market square, theological institute, Lissewege church... Photo: Dinh Kien.
Bruges has many famous beer brands such as The Brugse Zot, Straffe Hendrik Burgundy, Flanders... Beer is a specialty and is present everywhere in the city. Visitors join the Beer Walk or the Bruges beer festival to enjoy the taste of this famous drink. Photo: Dinh Kien.
Bruges is the city of chocolate. Here, visitors can enjoy traditional handmade chocolates or special ones like chili. Olivers store has become a familiar place for chocolate lovers with its chocolate hazelnuts. The city also has a choco-story museum that introduces the production process and history of chocolate. Photo: Europensie.
Visitors will be immersed in the fragrant scent of wisteria flowers as they walk the streets of Bruges. In spring, tourists visiting Begijnhof Ten Wijngaarde will feel the faint scent of blooming daffodils. Photo: The Guardian.
Shopping centers are concentrated on the main streets of Bruges such as Reginstratt, Vlamingstratt, Noorzandstratt... In which, the most famous is the covered shopping area Zilverpand. In addition, visitors can visit the fish market (Vismarkt) along the canals. Photo: Tripadvisor.

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