Bruges canal
Belgium,  Europe

Keri’s Bruges photo album

Although I do love the lights and skyscrapers of modern cities, there’s a soft spot in my heart for those smaller, ‘prettier’ cities that really ooze history – visiting Bath, for example, feels like you’re stepping back into the Georgian era!

Bruges is another of those places thanks to its gorgeous canals, winding cobblestone streets and gothic architecture. I couldn’t get enough of exploring this city, and I feel that my three-day trip here only let me glimpse just a little of what Bruges can offer visitors.

I hope my Bruges photo gallery makes you want to visit the city yourself!

Bruges Photo Album (1 of 18) If, like me, you’re a lover of history and like to get a real feel for the past of a city you’re visiting then I recommend a visit to Bruges’ Historium. Quite a new attraction, you move from room to room following the story of a young apprentice working for famous Belgian artist Jan Van Eyck. Taking in many of the main sights of the city, it gives you a glimpse into life back in the 1400’s.

Bruges Photo Album (2 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (3 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (4 of 18)Above the Historium you’ll find the Duvelorium – basically a posh name for a bar dedicated to serving Duvel beer. Although I’m not a beer drinker myself, when my fellow travellers settled in for a bevvy, I ventured out onto the terrace where I discovered some wonderful views of Markt below. Bruges Photo Album (6 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (7 of 18)I may not be that great with a camera, but that didn’t stop me from me being trigger happy as we explored the city, because every corner you turned would uncover another wonderful street full of unique architecture or beautiful statues!

I absolutely adored the canal tour too, as seeing the city from its waterways was beautiful. Thanks to our wonderful guide I learnt much more about Bruges, uncovering some wonderful stories about the buildings and also some of the city’s famous inhabitants. Although a little less cultured, I also enjoyed looking out for sights I recognised from the movie ‘In Bruges’ as I’d put it on the night before we travelled just to get me in the right mood!

Bruges Photo Album (8 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (9 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (10 of 18)If you think the streets of Bruges are beautiful, then wait until you venture inside some of its buildings. One of my personal favourites was the City Hall, which had an amazing Gothic Hall hidden away inside…

Bruges Photo Album (11 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (12 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (13 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (14 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (15 of 18) Bruges Photo Album (16 of 18)Bruges has to be one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited and I’m eager to head back. Having seen it in winter, I’d love to see how it looks in the spring or summer. I also stayed very centrally, so next time would love to grab myself a bike and head out a little bit, perhaps going to visit the windmills that lie on the edge of the old town.

Although Bruges is often looked at as a location for a short city trip I really believe you can only get a glimpse of Bruges in two or three days, so I look forward to seeing what’s left for me to uncover.

 

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

2 Comments

  • Ania

    What a beautiful city, another one to add to my list 😉 Some of the buildings remind me of those in Amsterdam, but judging by these photos, Bruges has certainly got its own look and a lot of history.

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