I was first in Bruges just after uni. It was a brief trip, just 3-4 hours, and what I remember best was cleanliness! Not so much as a gum wrapper littered the cobbled streets. Years later, I returned with Ali. Possibly an even shorter visit. So when VisitFlanders invited me to have a closer (and longer) look at Bruges, I was quick to accept.
Bruges is known as a fairy tale. You might remember Harry (Ralph Fiennes) so… erm, eloquently, addressing Ray’s (Colin Farrell) lack of enthusiasm for Bruges:
(you may want to pop on headphones if little ears are around – the language is a bit on the rough side).
Another major player starring in the movie In Bruges is the town’s tall belfry from 1240. I see no sign of Colin or Ralph, but of course I must climb the belfry.
Filled to the brim with rich history, beautiful architecture, cultural events and great cuisine, Belgium may be small but certainly packs a punch. Museum fans will find a little paradise in this underrated country. These are the 10 best Belgium museums, fun and fascinating places that cover everything from fine art to world-changing inventions.
10 Best Belgium Museums to Visit
In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres
Let’s start this list with what is arguably the best World War One museum in the world. That might be a serious claim, but anyone who’s visited the In Flanders Fields Museum will agree that it’s absolutely amazing, humbling and fascinating.
Located in the historic Cloth Hall of Ypres, which lay on the very frontline during the Great War, this museum is exceptional because it does not glorify warfare.
The highly recommended Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, is the world’s only museum that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You won’t have any trouble finding visit-worthy historic and cultural sites in Antwerp, Belgium, but there’s one that’s among the most exceptional in the world. The Plantin-Moretus Museum is the only museum in the world that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everyone who visits Antwerp should at least consider visiting this superb museum.
The Birth of Mass Printing
In the 16th century, printer Christophe Plantin moved from Paris to Antwerp, a city that was basically the beating heart of northern Europe in the 1500’s. He established a printing business in the city center. The business was well-supplied by its huge harbor and home to many skilled craftsmen.
Haven’t yet heard of Leuven, Belgium? You’ll want to start booking tickets after you see our top 10 places to visit here.
Leuven is one of the hidden gems of Europe that more tourists have begun to uncover. Its historic centre has proven to be one of the most beautiful in Belgium and its Catholic university is the oldest in the world, having been founded in 1425.
The city has a rare blend of energetic youth – due to its 35,000 students enrolled in the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – mixed with its rich history. There is much that appeals to both old and young, from lively nightlife to stunning historic sites like St Peter’s Church and Castle Arenberg. Learn more about the best things to do in Leuven…
Belgium is known to be the land of waffles, chocolate, beer and frites. Brussels, is one of Europe`s unexpected hotspots. The Belgian capital is a free spirited, dynamic and multicultural metropolis – Find the heartbeat of Europe in Brussels.
A Metropolis at the Heartbeat of Europe
Brussels might be an underdog compared to other European cities, however, the the diversity and cultural richness of this city are striking. Marvellous squares, an exciting artistic scene and vibrant night life – Brussels has this feel of Paris, Amsterdam and Milan all at the same time. Find out 10 reasons to visit the Belgian capital.
A World Record with more than 3000 beers
Belgian beers are world famous. It is the complexity and rich flavors of Belgian beer – from fruity, to spicy, from herbal to earthy – that is enjoyed by beer fans from all over the world.
BRUGES, Belgium (AP) — Walking through central Bruges is like a romantic journey into the past.
With centuries-old gabled buildings lining a web of canals and cobblestone streets, the vibe is quintessential old-world Europe.
Bruges also is one of the most beautiful cities in Western Europe, a place that has been called the Venice of the North.
Located about an hour northwest of Brussels not far from the North Sea, Bruges is the capital of West Flanders in the Flemish region of Belgium. The city was spared major damage during the two world wars, so much of its medieval architecture is intact, earning the historic center of town a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in 2000.
Just walking the streets and along the canals is worth the trip, but there are a few must-see sites around the city, including an early work by Michelangelo.
Brussels is a complex city. Both historic and modern, ornate and sleek, busy and quiet, the city has different personalities in only the span of a few blocks. But despite these contrasts (or maybe because of them), there’s something new and different at every turn. And I loved every bit of it. My Brussels visit was a rather quick one. I had just over two days in Brussels to explore this expansive capital city and the administrative center of the European Union, but I made the absolute most of my time. As I pounded the pavement, bused my way through the city, and even climbed high above it, I discovered that there are more than just a few fun things to do in Brussels. Here’s a look at my lucky 13 favorite activities.