Charming Bruges

Bruges has everything you'd expect from a medieval city: winding lanes, picturesque canals, and splendid medieval buildings. Perhaps the reason it maintains its charm is that billboards and high-rises are not allowed. A visit to Bruges is a step back in time.


Europ Hotel

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by akakd on September 19, 2004

From the train station, we took a bus to Market Square, and then wound our way through narrow, picturesque streets to our hotel. This small hotel with 26 rooms is in the middle of old town, so it was only a short walk to and from Market Square and all the major sites.

Rooms were rather small with televisions and bathrooms equipped with a toilet, sink, and a shower.

The breakfast room (breakfast was included) was large and cheery. Breakfast was a very adequate cold buffet.

The hotel is rated as a two-star hotel, and I would say it is a good value for the location it’s in. Judging by others on this particular trip, I would say Europ Hotel is more like a three-star property. We paid $61 per person per night, or $122 for the two of us.

Europ Hotel
Augustijnenrei 18
Bruges, Belgium
050/33 79 75

Tea-Room Laurent

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by akakd on September 19, 2004

Looking for a REAL Belgian waffle with a wide assortment of toppings? Tea-Room Laurent is the place. Although they have a window for take-out, as well as outdoor seating, we elected to sit indoors.

Since it was my husband's birthday, we celebrated with Belgian waffles. He with one covered in strawberries & whipped cream. (The waitress added a sparkly ornament for his birthday.) I had one with bananas, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. Ummm...yummy.

If you sit indoors, look for the funky light fixture near the entrance.

We only had waffles, which were quite pricy, so I'm not sure what an entire meal would cost.

Tea-Room Laurent
near Market Square
Bruges, Belgium

The Belfrey

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by akakd on September 19, 2004

Dominating Market Square is the 13th century Belfort (or Belfry). It is a stunning octagonal tower where the city's medieval charter of rights is held. On the ground floor are rotating exhibits. When we were there, the exhibit was selected works by Rodin. Of course, I couldn't resist.
Belfry Tower/Belfort of Bruges
Markt Square
Bruges, Belgium

Burg Square

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by akakd on September 19, 2004

A short distance from Market Square, is Burg Square. On one corner is Oude Griffie, the Old Recorder's House, which is now an Information Center.

The grand Stadhuis, or Town Hall, stands stately in this square. Built between 1376 and 1420, it is one of the oldest and finest town halls in Belgium.

Wait! Before exiting through Blind Donkey Alley into the 18th century Vismarkt, take time to visit the Heilig Bloed Basiliek, located in a corner of Burg Square; easily overlooked if you're not aware of the treasure contained within. Heilig Bloed Basiliek, or "Basilica of the Holy Blood," holds sacred a crystal vial said to contain a drop of Christ's blood, brought from the Crucifixion to Bruges by Joseph of Arimethea. Every year, on Ascension Day, the Relic is carried through the streets of Bruges during a solemn and colourful procession.

The Burg Square
Near Market Place
Bruges, Belgium

Church of our Lady

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by akakd on September 19, 2004

Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, or "Church of Our Lady", dates from 1220. This massive church employs many architectural styles. Its spire is Belgium's tallest.

Most notable is Michelangelo's Virgin and Child sculpture, possibly the most celebrated piece by Michelangelo outside of Italy. It dates from 1501. Also worth seeing are the pulpit with cherubs hanging off the sides, and the Manger Scene carved into a tree trunk.

For Da Vinci Code readers, you might note that the marble Last Supper in front of Michelangelo's sculpture clearly shows Christ at the center, six on each side. Eleven are clearly men with beards and one is clearly a woman, at Christ's side. One man holds a dagger or sharp blade. No chalice is present. Hmmm...

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

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