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Cities that get under your skin and that immediately captivate you with nothing but their charisma, are rather rare. Bruges is this kind of city. Sauntering through the picturesque alleys past the Heiligblutbasilika, “Basilica of the Sacred Blood”, or the Royal Beguinage , makes the rich history of the city suddenly tangible and it come alive.
Bruges is relatively uncomplicated to reach via the airport in Brussels. Once you have arrived, it is possible to explore by bicycle, minibus or horse-drawn carriage. The best way to discover Bruges is by boat. With a journey through the canals that are laid out like an extensive network, you will discover many scenic nooks and crannies, that would otherwise have escaped your attention.
At the extremely atmospheric market with its historic charm, you will see the most impressive landmark in the city, the Belfry, which always rendered an invaluable service for the inhabitants of Bruges during wartime and it can still be climbed.
You can find out everything you need to know about the national drink at the Bruges Beer Museum, and you will even put your acquired knowledge to use at the beer challenges.
You do not have to search long to find cultural highlights in the World-Heritage City with its official UNESCO award. One of the highlights of the year in Bruges is the Heiligblutprozession, “Holy Blood Procession” on Ascension Day, whose roots go back as far as the medieval times. Equally, the city´s love affair with classical music also dates back to this time. The regular concerts in the contemporary Stadsschouwburg are an impressive testimony of this.