Bruges picturesque fairytale medieval town to visit
Bruges a picturesque fairytale medieval town to visit
If you want to visit a fairy-tale medieval town it will be difficult to beat on central Bruges (Brugge in Dutch). You will follow picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches and old whitewashed almshouses. Don’t miss Hof Bladelin, Groeninge Museum, Church of Our Lady, and Belfry and Market Halls.
Bruges is a city of colourful bricks and mortar, long in the tooth but shedding the memory of the terrible wars and revolutions that have brought death to its streets with an invincible spirit of survival.
With its center surrounded by a canal system, it deserves its nickname of “Venice of the North“. I highly recommend a small boat trip on the canals. Allow 30 minutes with a guided tour in French, English and Dutch by drivers. We go from the history of the city, architecture, small stories and tourist advice.
Bruges is situated on the Belgian motorway network.
From Brussels, you will have a one hour transit via the E40 (exit number 8). When coming from Paris, take the A1-E17 to Lille, then the A22 until you can turn onto the A17-E403 to Bruges (Brugge in Flemish).
Once in Bruges, opt for a hotel with garage or targeting one of the 6 public parking lots downtown. Driving through the city centre can be a nightmare best left to the locals.
By train:Bruges is on the European rail route London – Brussels – Cologne.
You can easily go to Bruges from France via the Paris Nord linking – then Brussels to Bruges. Ultimately, the journey takes only 2h30. Bruges Railway Station is 20 minutes walk from the city center. Many buses allow get to from the station. Hourly direct trains from Bruges to Ostend (up 3 per hour), Ghent (2 / h), Brussels (2 / h), Antwerp, Kortrijk, Lille, Leuven, Liege, Verviers.