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Bruges: A Medieval Gem

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A May 2000 trip to Bruges by T-bug

Quote: If going to Belgium, skipping Bruges would be an INSANE decision. Despite increasing tourist popularity, Bruges has easily retained its charm. One of the most well-preserved historical towns with its winding, narrow, cobblestone streets, and its Flemish, gabled buildings, it was quite a delight for us after our afternoon in Brussels! From here, you can take bike rides and tours further into the Flemish countryside. Whatever you do, I would recommend you spend at least a night here. Bruges is worth more than a "day-trip".

Bruges: A Medieval Gem

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Overview

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In Bruges, the key is to wander, explore, and soak up its charm... Try a waffle, enjoy some chocolates, and sip a beer. You will discover what YOU enjoy most about Bruges, Flanders, and Belgian delights! Quick Tips: When in Flanders, don't speak French. Although the official languages of Belgium are both French and Flemish (Dutch), the Flemish-speakers would rather speak English than French! However, if you are an avid e-mailer to folks back home, watch out for the French keyboards! Unless you are already a poor typer, the letter placement will drive you crazy and you will give up after only a few sentences. Just save yourself time and money by waiting until you get to anot...Read More

Bauhaus Hostel

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Hotel | "Bauhaus International Youth Hotel"

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This hostel is listed as one of the Top 10 in all of Europe. Here are the reasons we enjoyed it:

*Great location
*Excellent dinners
*Includes a bar (where even some locals take their beer!)
*Great place to meet other travelers
*Nearby laundromat

Dorm-style rooms from 380-1300BF (depending on number of beds). Breakfast available for extra (approximately 60F). Reception 8a-2a. Reservations recommended a few days in advance.

To get there from the train station, take bus #6. Tell the driver where you want to go. You'll be taken to the appropriate stop and given directions from there.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 10, 2000

Bauhaus Hostel
Langestraat 135
Bruges, Belgium 8000
00 32 (0)50 34 10 93

Medieval Bruges

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No matter how much you like or dislike history, architecture, or how little you know about Flemish culture, you will fall in love with Bruges. And although tourists can be found around just about every corner, the city still retains its charm. Because Bruges is well-preserved, free from the destruction of World Wars, you need not search far and wide, for its enchantment will allure you! You can explore this city by foot, bike, or bus. You can see Bruges independently or with an organized tour. Boat tours along the canals are available as well. No method is 'better' than another, just pick one according to your tastes. As you explore Bruges, you w...Read More

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Medieval Bruges

Bruges, Belgium

Quasimodo Tours

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Attraction | "Quasimodo Tours - Bruges by Bike"

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To begin, I must let you know that I LOVE bike tours. You get some exercise (although it isn't strenuous), you learn a little about the city (often times more than a guidebook can give you), you see some areas that you couldn't cover on foot, and you meet some great people! We took this tour for those reasons and were satisfied by all. But be prepared! Rain is common in Flanders and you may end up biking in a downpour! We had the pleasure of this experience, but were glad that the tour motivated us, otherwise we think we would have sat in the hostel waiting for the rain to die down (which it didn't for several hours). It is on this laid back tour that you will have the opportunity ...Read More

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Quasimodo Tours
Leenhofweg 7
Bruges, Belgium

Quasimodo Tours

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Attraction | "Quasimodo Tours - Triple Treat"

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Lode, native of Flanders, offers a laid-back, entertaining tour of his homeland. He is passionate, knowledgeable, and funny. Enjoy the countryside of Flanders and listen to what Lode has to offer. You'll stop for lunch and have time to chat. The Belgian waffles served after lunch (included in the trip) are fresh and warm. Later you will stop and see Belgian chocolate being made. Sample some yourself, and if you like, you will be more than welcome to buy some to take home! Finally, you will end your tour at a local brewery in Bruges. You can choose whether you just want to sip one of the many varieties of Belgian beer or take the tour before enjoying your bevera...Read More

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Quasimodo Tours
Leenhofweg 7
Bruges, Belgium

't Brugs Beertje

Attraction

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This bar, serving over 300 varieties of Belgian beer, attracts tourists and locals alike. It is often packed, so come early or prepare to stand. When you order your beer, it will be brought to you, opened, and poured into its own special glass. Food is served as well. So if you go with a group, order some sandwiches and cheeses and do a little taste-testing.

The bar is closed on Wednesdays, so if you happen to forget and wander around for a beer, just hop into De Hobbit across the street. This is more of a restaurant and doesn't have quite as huge of a selection for beers, but the atmosphere is great.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2000

't Brugs Beertje
Kemelstraat 5
Bruges, Belgium

Belgian Beer

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A fellow traveler said, 'The Belgians treat their beer like the French treat their wines.' This is true! Belgians are very proud of their brews and offer over 500 varieties, which is believed to be more than any other country. Each beer is delicately poured into its own 'special' glass. While in Belgium, learn a bit about the beers and do some taste-testing. Visit a brewery. Try the big names: Jupiler, Leffe, Duval. Enjoy some fruit beers: Kriek (cherry), Frambroise (raspberry), and Pecheresse (peach). And finally, venture off the popular path and try different varieties... i.e. blondes and triples (9% alcohol). Even if you aren't a beer lov...Read More

Waffles and Chocolates

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Mmmmm! The delights of Belgium are on the tip of your tongue. While in Belgium, you must try both waffles (gaufres) and chocolates. Be aware, however, from where you buy your waffles! A tour guide warned us that many stands buy frozen waffles and warm them up for tourists. Check the place out before you buy them. My two best waffles were homemade. Our tour stopped for lunch where the waffles were made fresh and warm. They only had a few waffle irons, so they weren't served to the whole tour group at once! I had another delicious waffle in Ghent - a light apple filling on the inside and topped with whipped cream. As for chocolates, the two popular 'gou...Read More