Beer & Buildings
Bag yourself a city break in beautiful Bruges, a city full of awe-inspiring Gothic buildings, cobbled streets and quaint medieval houses
Belgium’s most popular city, Bruges is best enjoyed at a slow pace. It’s easy to explore on foot, but the more romantic won’t be able to resist the opportunity to hop aboard a canal boat and see the city dubbed ‘the Venice of the north’ as it was meant to be seen.
With its thriving chocolate and lace industries, Bruges is a gift-hunter’s delight, and these specialities can be easily found in the vibrant open-air markets all year round, but especially so in the winter months where Christmas markets light up the city.
Bruges is a favourite destination for beer and wine lovers, especially for its ‘brown bars’ and cafes showcasing some of the finest examples of the brewer’s art. An authentic Belgian beer with a ‘genever’ (fruit gin) chaser is a taste not to be missed, and you can complement this with Flemish specialities of mussels, or carbonnade, a rich, hearty beef stew.
If you are feeling restless, stretch the legs with a climb to the top of the 13th century Belfort in Grote Markt for a view which will encapsulate the true feel of Bruges. Fancy a museum? Don’t let the name of the ‘Basilica of the Holy Blood’ put you off, It is a beautiful Gothic style church on the Burg square housing a relic - a vial of blood that is said to be that of Jesus himself.
Bruges city breaks are a relaxing, unpretentious experience offering plenty of genuine Flemish atmosphere and hospitality and fantastic for all ages. Check with The Co-operative Travel now for availability of Bruges city breaks, and book your getaway today!
The main square has a few attractions worth doing such as the ‘Belfry Climb’, where you can climb the 366 steps to the top of the 83-metre high Belfort tower for excellent views of the city. Romantics can also get a horse and cart ride around old Bruges and admire the beautiful architecture and colourful buildings.
Snow and Ice sculpture festival
If you plan your trip well and visit between the end of November to January… you can witness the marvellous ‘Snow and Ice sculpture festival’ on the station-square of Bruges. Built by an international team of 40 professional artists from no less than 300 tons of crystal clear ice and 400,000 kilos of fresh snow..it is simply amazing!
Even the museums are cool in Bruges…you can go to ‘Brewery De Halve Maan’, a beer museum offering a tour of the beer making process, ‘The Choco-Story Museum’, describing chocolate's transition from cocoa into chocolate (complete with samples) or the ‘Diamant Museum’, with a large range of diamond exhibits ranging from mining all the way to polishing and all the history in between. They even have our personal favourite…’The Friet Museum’… the world's only frites museum which tells the story of the humble potato and how it has evolved into the popular chip!