Bruges is an unspoilt medieval town in Belgium that’s often referred to as the Venice of the North. Cobbled streets, medieval buildings and canals are all great reasons to visit Bruges, but the city has much more to offer than you’d expect.
Why you should totally visit Bruges
Just as Guinness tastes better in Dublin, beer tastes better in Bruges. The De Halve Maan brewery is worth visiting at the beginning of your trip; you’ll learn all about how local beers are produced and it will help you navigate the extensive beer lists at every pub, bar and restaurant in the city.
Unlike many other historic cities in Europe, no bombs fell on Bruges during either of the two world wars. The entire city is a UNESCO world heritage site and there are medieval buildings to greet you at every turn.
Residential Bruges to the locals, although it’s mere minutes from the central squares. This area is home to the historic Jerusalem Chapel as well as a number of start-up trendy restaurants and design firms. You’ll also find the windmills here and a few nice pubs.
Everyone I spoke to in Bruges was friendly, helpful and welcoming. We were in Bruges the night Belgium lost to Argentina in the World Cup and watched the match with locals on a big outdoor screen in the centre of town. The atmosphere was fantastic and despite losing I didn’t see any animosity or fights brewing.
The city is always full of tourists which would drive me crazy (all us people slowly wandering around, looking up and posing for photos by the canal) but the Belgians seem to embrace it. They’re brilliant fun and genuinely want to help you make the most of their city.
I love the water, whether that’s the sea, a lake or a canal. So I bloody loved Bruges. The canal network winds round the city and the bridges are as old and as picturesque as you’d imagine. Bruges might be described as the Venice of the North, but it reckon it’s Venice that’s the Bruges of the South.
Have you had a chance to visit Bruges? I was surprised by how much I loved it!