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Bruges: Where The Time Stands Still

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Nothing seems to have changed in Bruges since the Medieval Age. The capital of West Flander in north-west Belgium looks for all the world as though it has been plucked from the pages of a medieval fairy tale with picturesque cobblestoned lanes, beautiful canals and marvellous centuries-old buildings.


The history of Bruges (or Brugge in Dutch) dates back to the first century when it was used as a fortification by the Roman to protect the coastal area against pirates. With its strategic location at the crossroads of the southern and northern trade routes, Bruges grew into a commercial metropolis in the heart of Europe during the medieval time.

Apart from the religious wars in the 16th century and the French Revolution, Bruges refrained from the devastations associated with other conflicts in this part of Europe, including both World Wars. Most of its medieval architecture was left intact, making it one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in Europe.

Minnewater
Chuch of Our Lady
Walstraat

Bruges’s most popular landmark is Market Place where a 13th-century belfry is located. Named as Béguinage, the 22 metres high bell tower houses a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells. Other sights include the City Hall, hospitals, the religious and commercial complexes as well as the historic urban fabric. The city illustrates an exchange of influences on the development of art and architecture, particularly in brick Gothic, which is characteristic of northern Europe and the Baltic.

Béguinage (or Belfort)
Canal in Bruges

Practical Information about Bruges

  • The train from Bruxelles-Midi to Bruges takes less than one hour, making the city an ideal destination for day-trippers from Brussels. It costs around 15€ per ride, but you can opt for a Weekend Ticket which is 50% cheaper
  • Bruges’s old town is relatively small. You can either explore it by feet or by horse carriage. A canal cruise is also an option if the queue is not too long.
  • Try visiting midweek, because the city is packed with tourists on weekends (and certainly on holidays). The crowd reaches its peak in summer months.
  • Belgian mussels and fries is a classical Flemish dish. Try it at Bruges or any fishing village and town along the coast.
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30 thoughts on “Bruges: Where The Time Stands Still”

  1. Bruges really is a magical town!

  2. Jules & Verne – Hey, we're Jules and Verne (travelling 'alter egos')! After many years travelling for work, we embarked on a for-fun round the world trip in 160 days! julesvernex2.com
    Jules & Verne says:

    Great pictures Len! I was in Bruges only once, and it was unfortunately raining. The city is still fantastic, but those reflections of blue skies in the canals bring it to a whole new level 🙂 -Verne

  3. Uma Srinivasan – Take a ride on the time machine with me as I ruminate and take you on journeys far and wide! I enjoy travelling, reading and meeting people and I have grown for the better through these. I love telling stories! I am deep down a traditional person with a twist of the modern. I love reading, music, travelling and spending time with friends and family. Teacher, administrator, trainer, TQM…been there, done it all and enjoyed every moment. My strength lies in my joie de vivre, beautiful family and wonderful friends!
    Uma Srinivasan says:

    Bruges is magical. I loved the day trip I took with my friend. Your pix are beautiful

  4. Bama – Jakarta, Indonesia – Based in Jakarta, always curious about the world, always fascinated by ancient temples, easily pleased by food.
    Bama says:

    Your second photo has this classical feel, with the church at the background, framed with vibrant colors of trees, stillness of the canal complete with swans. You do have an eye for good photographic spots!

  5. Mel & Suan – Singapore – Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!
    Mel & Suan says:

    In rain or shine, the city or town should we say – sparkles.
    Great weather you had. Beautiful city indeed.

      1. Mel & Suan – Singapore – Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!
        Mel & Suan says:

        Now that is truly something to think about. We lived close enough to drive but never visited in winter. We also heard it does not snow that often in the Benelux so that would indeed be a rare chance to see!

      2. Oh, so the weather is the same as Hamburg. We do not have much snow here. Only rain and icy wind!

  6. Jolene – Sydney, Australia – Jolene is a banker by trade, a writer at heart, and is a contributor to Thought Catalog. You are welcome to peek into her adventures and reflections on films and life at "SoMuchToTellYou", her ultimate love affair with words.
    Jolene says:

    Really pretty… lucky with the weather you had! From an outsider looking in, European cities seem to take on similar vibes after a while don’t they?

    1. Yep! They share similarities because the merchants did not only trade goods, they also exchanged culture.
      I know it might get dull after a few visits. That’s why I always include different activities into my trip, or example, museums visiting. I highly recommend you to visit Science Museum in Europe. It’s awesome! You don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy them 🙂

      1. Jolene – Sydney, Australia – Jolene is a banker by trade, a writer at heart, and is a contributor to Thought Catalog. You are welcome to peek into her adventures and reflections on films and life at "SoMuchToTellYou", her ultimate love affair with words.
        Jolene says:

        Yes, I will be going through a few museums in my spare time to get deeper into their culture (although more the bespoke museums). Glad you ended by clarifying we don’t have to enjoy science, being a science dropout in high school isn’t very flattering.

  7. Nano @ Travels With Nano – Tokyo, Japan – Hi, I'm Nano! Welcome to my site! Travels With Nano is filled with everything I am passionate about: uncovering the world one sight, bite and cultural experience at a time. I'm here to share savvy travel tips and inspire (not influence!) your future travel adventures. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have you here reading!
    Nano @ Travel With Nano B. says:

    I read so many great things about Bruges, and it certainly looks so charming and atmospheric.

  8. Seeking Wonderful – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Hi. I'm Janja from lovely little country in the heart of Europe called Slovenia. I am constantly planning new trips, even if I can't afford to take them. Seeking wonderful in the world around me and travel with my love to see some more of it. Love big cities, green nature, little surprises, Taiwanese ice teas, chocolate and sea.
    Seeking Wonderful says:

    Ooh wow! It is so charming. I would love to visit it during Christmas time for all those lovely markets, but I guess its really busy then as well.

    1. I’m sure the town would be full of people! But I think Bruges will be more pretty thanks to the Christmas market. If there were snow, it will become a winter wonderland 🙂

      1. Seeking Wonderful – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Hi. I'm Janja from lovely little country in the heart of Europe called Slovenia. I am constantly planning new trips, even if I can't afford to take them. Seeking wonderful in the world around me and travel with my love to see some more of it. Love big cities, green nature, little surprises, Taiwanese ice teas, chocolate and sea.
        Seeking Wonderful says:

        Exactly.

  9. pattimoed – USA – digital nomad, writer, instructional designer, photographer, eLearning specialist, editor
    pattimoed says:

    Great post, Len. We tried the mussels and they were delicious, as well as their potato fries. 🙂 We haven’t been here a long while, but you reminded me of how beautiful the city is.

      1. pattimoed – USA – digital nomad, writer, instructional designer, photographer, eLearning specialist, editor
        pattimoed says:

        Yes! A huge portion!

  10. Pierre P. – Hi, I'm Pierre. I'm the manager of Pierre P. Photography, the blog where I share most of my photos and stories that go with them. I write about where I live, Paris, and also where I travel, mostly in France: Lyon, Amiens, Strasbourg, Rouen, etc.
    Pierre P. says:

    It’s a city on my list of the cities I must visit. Your pictures remind me that I shouldn’t wait so long

    1. You should do it before the town is overwhelmed by tourists 🙂 It’s an easy day trip from Paris. I guess it takes 2-3 hours, including changing trains.

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