The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges is known for making visitors redefine their concepts of romance and tranquility. DW’s Eesha Kheny took a trip to northwestern Belgium to experience this magic in person.
After an early flight into Brussels, I caught the next mainline train heading to the coast. There are multiple connections daily, making it an easy one hour train ride from Brussels to Bruges.
On the way, a sudden craving for Belgian waffles led me to make a quick stop in Ghent. A small yet bustling student city, Ghent is well known for its pedestrianized city center lined with medieval buildings and cozy cafes. After a delicious breakfast I climbed up the 91 meter (299 ft.) tall Belfry, one of three Ghent towers, for a bird’s-eye view of St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the rest of the city. Although the exterior of this massive cathedral is interesting, the real highlight is the unique 24-panel altarpiece painted by Hubert and Jan van Eyck in 1432, which can be accessed for an admission fee of 4 euros (US $ 5).