In Bruges

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And today, I take you to Bruges – a city which has no sightseeing points but is still named as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The entire city is a spectacle – a sight to behold – it’s like one fine painting where every stroke was done with a lot of detailing but more so love.

Bruges at night
Bruges at night

I reached Bruges in the dead of night. From the train station, it took roughly 30 minutes to walk to the historic city center. The picture you see above was my first view of the city. Guess what, it was the love at the first sight.

Bruges at night
Bruges at night

Next few days passed away like a breeze. Most people visit Bruges for a day or two and there I was who could have spent an entire lifetime walking around this little joy.

Bruges by the day
Bruges by the day
WIndmill Bonne Chiere
WIndmill Bonne Chiere

Bruges has been really lucky as far as historical sites are concerned, none of its medieval attractions was damaged during the two world wars. Walking on the cobbled streets to the sights of medieval architecture and sounds of the horse-drawn carriages, it felt like I had time traveled to middle ages.

Church of Our Lady
Church of Our Lady
Historical Center
Historical Center
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Statue honoring local heroes who fought against French King Philip IV
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Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
Miss Walking Shoes sitting on the blind donkey alley
Miss Walking Shoes sitting on the blind donkey alley
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On streets of Brugge
On streets of Brugge
On streets of Brugge

The other thing I loved about Bruges for was its canals and bridges. Bruges resembles the Italian Venice minus the gondolas. I prefer Bruges over Venice (YES!!! I have visited both) for the canals and lakes of Bruges are surrounded by extraordinarily picturesque facades and manicured waterfronts.

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These channels are home to delightfully regal and graceful swans.

Symbol of Bruges - Swans
Symbol of Bruges – Swans

It is believed that citizens started raising and feeding swans after they were punished by Emperor Maximilian-I for wrongly killing his advisor Peter Lanchals. In memory of Lanchals (meaning ‘the long neck’ ), he asked his people make sure swans live in Bruges forever.

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Entrance to the Begijnhof
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The Peaceful Minnewater or ‘Lake of Love’

A visit to Bruges is something I totally recommend. There are some places that deserve to be visited for the charm and warmth they extend. Picturesque canals, cosy streets, garden of Love, towers, bridges, water rides, churches, swans, restaurants, and chocolate shops; it’s difficult to understand why world took so much time to discover Bruges.

Bruges is a heaven for Chocoholics. Such interesting shops can be spotted everywhere
Bruges is a heaven for Chocoholics. Such interesting shops can be spotted everywhere.
Dali Muesem
Dali Museum
Crafts of Middle Ages on display
Crafts of Middle Ages on display
In Bruges
In Bruges

So if Bruges is in your bucket list, here are some quick suggestions:

  • The city is not meant for big crowds so book your stay beforehand.
  • Please, please, please take the boat tower. You might feel it is touristy, but it is a wonderful way of discovering Bruges. Not expensive (6.40 euros for a ride), it will take you to corners otherwise unreachable for not every canal runs next to a street.
Canal Tour - totally recommended
Canal Tour – totally recommended

P.S. If you are a Bollywood lover there is a big chance you have already seen Bruges and that you still might not ever consider visiting it. A couple of days before, Aamir Khan- starrer PK was being telecasted and it was the first time ever (for me) that I switched off the movie in few minutes. The way the scenes were shot did no justice to a place as unusually beautiful as Bruges. Sorry for being overly sentimental! But what can I do, I have left pieces of my heart everywhere I go and any injustice to these lands bring disappointment to me.

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35 thoughts on “In Bruges

  1. u r my hero…though i dunno whether i wud evr be able to travel or write about it like u…i still keep it as my best wish…n until i start on my ventures i will travel tru ur eyes…

  2. Hi,
    Thank you sharing your trip with us. It sounds like a very calm and salubrious place. I can read that there is a plenty of stuff that a traveler like me could do out there. I have heard that the place has started attracting a lot of crowds. What do you suggest would be a great time to visit?

    1. Hi Jaspreet. Honestly, there is not much a traveler can do there. It is a really tiny place. It is meant as a place to relax. As you already know, this place has started attracting crowd. I would recommend you to go in the month of September to April. That’s when the tourism is less in entire Europe. I will suggest September/ April as it would neither be too hot nor too cold. Hope this helps. Do let me know if you need any more info. Cheers.

  3. The city has got its own beauty and your words always act like a wizard, whose stick make the blood of excitement to flow with a blow. Your clicks are enough to make someone jealous(in funny tone :P) to visit the heaven of peace(Bruges) at least once. :)

  4. I have been three times to Brugges and it’s a superb place. As I write Brugges City Film Office is looking into In Bruges Film sequel😀 try Gruuthuse Hof restaurant great value great food

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