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Discovering Bruges

A May 2000 trip to Bruges by Re Carroll

Vlissinghe Pub Photo, Bruges, Belgium More Photos
Quote: This little town is an hour away from Brussels by train but centuries away in atmosphere.It is one of Belgium's most visited towns but even crowded with tourists, it's a destination not to be missed.

Discovering Bruges

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Overview

Bruges Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Bruges is a very well-preserved medievel town and deserves at least a couple days visit to soak up its charm. The 2 main squares (Markt & Burg) are side by side and have many beautiful buildings, including City Hall at Burg 12 - one of the oldest gothic city halls in the Benelux. It is especially attractive at night with the inside lights shining through the delicate stained glass windows. Minnewater Park is a great place to relax and watch the swans float by on the little lake. Check out one of the many chocolatiers in town (try Deplas which is located alongside a canal near the Old St. John's Hospital). A boat ride along the canals is a relaxing way of seeing Bruges - just remember to duck ...Read More

Adele's B&B￿

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Hotel | "Adele's B&B"

Adele's B&B Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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This spacious B&B is located in the historical Sint Annarei district and is less than a 10 min. walk to the centre of Bruges. It is really a suite comprised of a very large bedroom/sitting area and a private 4 piece bath. There are 2 twin beds as well as a couch that pulls out to a double bed. The continental breakfast is supplemented with cheese and there is a kettle, coffee maker and tea & coffee supplies in the room all the time. The only drawback is that the room is up 3 flights of stairs that get progressively narrower (but hey, it's good exercise). Adele is very friendly, the accomm. are spotless and there is lots of tourist info. in the room, including dining suggestions. email: j.meyns@...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2000

Adele's B&B￿
Jeruzalemstraat 28
Bruges, Belgium
32 50 673716

Gran Kaffee de Passage

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Restaurant | "Passage Restaurant"

Gran Kaffee de Passage Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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This was one of the dining recommendations from my B&B host. It is located on the main floor of the Passage Hostel but has a separate entrance off Dweerstraat so you don't have to go through the hostel.I came for a late dinner and there was a warm and cozy feel to the place - candles flickering on the tables, old pictures and antiques decorating the walls and lively conversation happening throughout the restaurant. My waitress was very friendly and I was lucky enough to get a table at the window so I could watch the people strolling along Dweerstraat as I waited for my meal.The menu featured Belgian specialties like steamed mussels in a wine and garlic broth and waterzooi, a type of st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2000

Gran Kaffee de Passage
Dweersstraat 26
Bruges, Belgium 8000
32 50 340232

Verdi Tea Room

Restaurant

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I stumbled upon this restaurant during a walk and can't remember the address other than it was down a side street and only a few blocks from the Markt. It is a large restaurant that serves light meals at lunch and is frequented by lots of locals. The food is well prepared and attractively presented. They had lots of asparagus dishes since it was asparagus season. My mushroom omelette came with a green salad and made a filling lunch. A number of customers came in to enjoy tea and dessert and there was a good selection of cakes to choose from.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2000

Verdi Tea Room

Bruges, Belgium

Vlissinghe Pub

Attraction

Vlissinghe Pub Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Located in the historical Sint Annarei district, this is the oldest pub in Bruges and was built in 1515. It is decorated in period furniture and has mugs hanging from the ceiling beams. There is a nice outside garden area that is a peaceful place to have drink. The staff don't mind you dropping in for a peek, even if you don't purchase anything. Closed on Tuesdays.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2000

Vlissinghe Pub
Blekersstraat 2
Bruges, Belgium

Church of our Lady

Attraction

Church of our Lady Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Although it is going through some renovations and the outside is covered with scaffolding, this Church is worth a visit. The Church was completed in the 15th century and has the tallest spire in the city at 400 ft. The highlight is the white marble sculpture - Madonna and Child by Michelangelo. The church also houses the mausoleums of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the Bold. It is closed on Sunday mornings and there is no charge to enter.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2000

Church of our Lady
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerkhof Zuid
Bruges, Belgium
050/34-53-14

Downtown Bruges Walking Tours

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Attraction | "Walking Tours"

Downtown Bruges Walking Tours Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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There are loads of things to see and do in Bruges and most are concentrated in a relatively small area that is easy to walk around. The Tourist Information Office at Burg 11 recommends a couple of walking tours that will take you by the main sights. How long it takes to do each walk depends on how long you stop at each sight along the way. As well as the main points of interest, there are a couple of areas that are less crowded but still worth a visit. I liked the area around Kruispoort. This gate was part of the wall that encircled and protected Bruges in the 13th and 14th centuries. The elegant white sand brick building was restored in 1972 and looks like a mini castle with spires. A canal ru...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 28, 2001

Downtown Bruges Walking Tours

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Canal Boat Tours

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Attraction | "Bruges by Boat"

Canal Boat Tours Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Bruges is sometimes called "Venice of the North" because of the many canals and waterways. One of the best ways to see the town is by boat and there are a number of companies that offer tours.To get to the boat, you walk down a flight of stone stairs to where a number of large, open boats are lined up. Each boat seats 30-40 people and during the busy tourist season, they are always full. The guides speak a number of different languages and point out many of Bruge's historic buildings and sights.One of the major points of interest is the Old St. John's Hospital, parts of which date from the 13th century. Part of the building juts out over the waterand these sections were known as plague h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2001

Canal Boat Tours

Bruges, Belgium