Venice of the North
Bruges is one of the most unique cities in the Northern part of Europe. Because of the various canals that wind around and within the city, many have dubbed it the Venice of the North.
An old city, it was once one of the most important cities in all of Europe, it has been cited as a really historic area and is home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The closest airport to Bruges is the Ostend-Bruges International Airport, yet the Brussels Airport, about an hour away, is the more likely destination for air travelers. Most people will arrive via train as it is a major stop on the Thalys line.
World Heritage City
Unlike so many other cities across the world, Bruges has made an incredible effort to keep most of its architecture intact, with most of the buildings dating from medieval times. Because of this, the entire center of Bruges is considered to be a World Heritage Site.
In order to truly enjoy Bruges, it is a great idea to wander around the old historic city center. There are a number of buildings to see that are quite historic including the Church of Our Lady, which includes the famous Michelangelo sculpture Madonna and Child. Some of the other must see buildings would include the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Markt (market square), and the Belfry, which allows visitors a panoramic view of Bruges from the top.
Enjoy the Canals
One of the best activities that visitors love to partake in when in Bruges is really enjoying all of those lovely canals. For the very best views of the city, and to learn a bit of history as well, consider taking one of the many canal tours that are offered.
There are a number of places located along the canals that offer the opportunity to hop on the boats to take a ride along the canals. From there sites like the Quay of the Rosary and many of the very old homes that line the canals, it truly makes for a great experience.