Declared as a UNESCO heritage site in 2000, Bruges is a beautiful and well preserved historical city. It is located in the north-western part of Belgium. This city is commonly referred to as ‘Venice of the North’ due to its beauty and canals. The cobbled streets and time captured atmosphere give an aura of past eras. Its harbour gave it importance all through the history. The harbour remains one of the most important in Europe. A visit to this city will take you back into time with the surety of the modern amenities.
As a visitor, you can get to the city through three different means: by road, air, or water. Brussels airport and Ostend-Bruges International airport service Bruges. These are within an hour’s drive of the city with a rental car. Using the sea, you will arrive at the port of Zeebrugge. Trains connect the city with other cities including Brussels, Ostend, and Antwerp, among others. The public transport of the city is highly effective. Driving within the city is discouraged and most people cycle.
Most historical places are located within the city centre. The Markt, or market square, is the first places you should visit. You can look at the medieval style buildings, a statue, and the neo-gothic provincial court. The Belfry Tower, originally built in 1220, makes for another interesting stop. Make sure to climb the stairs to have a panoramic view of the city. The Gruuthuse House and Museum, together with the St. John’s Hospital, built in 1188, will give you a refreshing history lesson. Leave your car for hire in Bruges at the public parking facility outside the city, as vehicles are not allowed within the city.
Restaurants in Bruges make delicious cuisine from all over the world. The outdoor restaurants are especially charming with the romantic twinkling lights of the city. If you have accommodation in the city, it is very convenient, as you will not have to hire a car in Bruges to get there. You can also easily go shopping in the various shops. Concerts and other artistic performances are a must-miss-not.
Cities surrounding Bruges are by their own standards great attractions. You can drive to Ostead, the historic beach resort, or Antwerp and Ghent, all of which have other attractions. Damme is another tiny city that you can access with a car or a cruise boat. Using a cruise boat is particularly interesting, as you get to see picturesque landscapes. Ypres is ideal for exploration as it is wrapped in history with monuments, great battles site, and cemeteries.
Even though you do not need a vehicle to get around within the city, arranging for a car rental in Bruges is necessary for explorations outside town. Make sure to make all necessary reservations before you embark on your trip.
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