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1 Week Romantic Getaway

A March 2006 trip to Bruges by Monique Witsel

Tranquil Photo, More Photos
Quote: The historic city center was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

1 Week Romantic Getaway

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Overview

Places of Interest Photo,
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It is difficult to sum up the magic of Bruges in just a few words. The city's impressive cultural and artistic heritage is famed throughout the world, and has turned Bruges into one of Europe's major tourist destinations. The medieval streets, winding canals, and green ramparts charm, add to the romantic atmosphere of this city. Bruge is keen to ensure its cultural future and has invested heavily in major restoration projects, contemporary architecture, and modern infrastructure. Various cultural institutions organise numerous events in the field of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, etc.In order to reduce traffic in the city centre, the mobility plan, introduced a couple of ...Read More

Ryad Moroccan Restaurant

Restaurant | "Ryad Morrocan Restaurant"

Ryad Moroccan Restaurant Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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On our last day we just happened up on this restaurant during our long walk to visit the Windmills (Sint-Janshuysmolen) at the edge of town.Once entering through the glass door you are transported to another land, Morocco to be exact. The decor is suitable to the theme, adding to the enchanting and romantic atmosphere. The restaurant is set up on two stages. The upstairs section is set up with the traditional Moroccan seating, where one can enjoy a tea and smoke a "Chicha"(traditional water pipe).After enjoying our delicious meals of Couscous and Tagine (both Vegetarian), we enjoyed a cup of nouss nouss and took in the sweet aroma of the Chicha. A great experience no...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Ryad Moroccan Restaurant
Hoogstraat 32
Bruges, Belgium
+32 (0) 50 331 355

Cafe Brasserie Craenenburg

Restaurant | "Cafe - Brasserie Craenenburg"

Cafe Brasserie Craenenburg Photo,
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On the corner of the Market Square in Bruges, you will find "House Craenenburg". The name originated from its inhabitants of 1305. During 1905 Craenenburg became the local pub for the Bruges smokers' club. Craenenburg was renovated in 1956 with its current distinctive frontage. The main room has been decorated in a typical Flemish style, including the wooden entrance porch, wooden beams on the ceiling, copper light fittings, a lovely freeze with inset tiling, and wooden benches along the walls. The bar is superbly sculptured and the windows are set in lead with features reflecting the various brewing processes and skills. Since 1966 the business Craenenburg is run by the family...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Cafe Brasserie Craenenburg
Markt 16
Bruges, Belgium

De Vier Winden

Restaurant | "De Vier Winden (De Sneeuwberg)"

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A fine setting accompanied with a delicious dinning experience, at good prices. The Restaurant is located directly on the Market Street and catches one eye immediately due to the rather surprising display of small thin screened televisions perching through the front windows.The Restaurant is split in to two sections, including a second stage. The orange room, as I call it, has a large screen TV hanging, which was showing at that time the latest mode from around the world. But I am certain that changes during popular Sport Events. The more relaxed atmosphere is in the adjoining room, (where there is no TV), presenting itself in a romantic light with fire place, decorated in a classical styl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

De Vier Winden
Markt 9
Bruges, Belgium

HetHof van Rembrandt Photo,
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In the heart of Brugge, you find the court of Rembrandt. This café/Pub, with its good reputation and large terrace, is a valued hot spot of Brugge. During the summer it is delicious to stay on the terrace, where about 90 people can sit and a spot in the sun is guaranteed. On cold days this terrace is also heated. But also in the winter the court of Rembrandt holds a trump card, with its sociable bar, and relaxed indoor atmosphere. The court of Rembrandt also offers various bottled and on draft beers. You may choose from a wide variety, such as some of their local beers: the renowned Bruges Tripel, among others: Jupiler, Hoegaarden, Duchesse, Leffe in the blonde and dark versions, the Konin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

HetHof van Rembrandt
Eiermarkt 10
Bruges, Belgium
+32 050 33 7450

Saint-Amour Restaurant

Restaurant | "Saint-Amour ('t Voermanshuys)"

Saint-Amour Restaurant Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Just a few steps down and you are transported in to Bruges underworld where cellars and vaults form a world apart. This romantic restaurant is full of mysteries and secrets. Here you can experience an incredible culinary adventure, directed by the selfsame young man who won the Best Flemish Cook award, whose staff presents you with a creative and refined cuisine.  Vegetarian dishes included.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Saint-Amour Restaurant
Oude Burg 14
Bruges, Belgium 8000
32 050 33 71 72

Belfry Tower/Belfort of Bruges

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Attraction | "The Belfry of Bruges"

Belfry Tower/Belfort of Bruges Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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In the ancient town of Bruges,In the quaint old Flemish city,As the evening shades descended,Low and loud and sweetly blended,Low at times and loud at times,And changing like a poet's rhymes,Rang the beautiful wild chimesFrom the Belfry in the marketOf the ancient town of Bruges--Taken from "The Belfry of Bruges Carillon," written by the popular 19th-century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.The 83m-high Belfry tower and the Cloth Hall, dating back from 1240, still dominate the Market Square of today. Not only did it function as seat of government and marketplace for sale of cloth (hence the name "cloth hall"), it symbolized the economic, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Belfry Tower/Belfort of Bruges
Markt Square
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges Things to See (Summary)

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Story/Tip

Silence Please Photo,
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Bruges is the Capital of the West Flanders province, connected by canals with Zeebrugge (North Sea). It is also a Rail Junction for commercial, Industrial use (including: Lace, Textiles, Ships, Industrial Glass), and of coarse for the use of tourists.Bruges was founded on an Inlet of the North Sea in the 9th century and turned in to a Center of Trade with England in the 11th century. It flourished as a major "Entrepôt" port, and was one of the chief wool processing centers of Flanders, turning Bruges in to one of the major commercial hubs of Europe during the 14th century.The City held extensive political privileges and played a major part in the chronic struggle between Eng...Read More