Okay. So maybe you have heard of Brugge, but I never had before planning the Christmas vacation of my dreams. It truly is one of the most magical places I’ve ever laid eyes on. Of course, I happened upon Brugge as giant floppy snowflakes fell from the skies, so I may be extraordinarily partial. It’s the largest city in the Flemish Region of Belgium. The canal-based layouts create an atmosphere like that of a fairytale (in fact, the region has more castles than any country). The architecture reflects the timing of Brugge’s golden age, during the 15th and 16th centuries. Despite it’s small size, Brugge has over 80 bridges, all perfectly quaint as the canals below are frequented by swans.
If you visit, you must stop in at De Halve Maan Brewery. It’s quite cozy, with a fireplace to snuggle up beside as you sip a glass of Brugse Zot (the only beer brewed within the city of Brugge) or one of the other many offerings. Talk about a family-run local business–it has been owned by the same folks since 1856.
The Beer Wall is one of the most unique bars I’ve ever been to. It’s located in the 15th century mayor’s house, with a prime location on the water, looking out toward some of the best views the canals have to offer. Scroll down a few more images and you’ll see The Beer Wall itself. Plexiglass lines shelves filled with bottles of all the beers in Belgium. If you’re a fan of Christmas Markets, this is your kind of town. The city center has an iceskating rink surrounded by stands with sweet treats and warm drinks.
There seem to be an endless amount of chocolate shops in the city. If you’re looking for something made entirely in Brugge, make sure the sign indicates that the chocolates are handmade. In case you hadn’t noticed already, Belgians take their beer seriously. If you’re a beer-lover, you won’t want to miss The Brugge Beer Experience. This informative museum is fascinating and fun. It also ends with a drink at the bar, so who could complain? (Also, Beer Walls are really a thing.)
I urge you, if you’re ever in Belgium, don’t leave without visiting this little slice of winter paradise.
Belgium is magical!
Went there in 1958 and a couple gave me a doll with Belgian lace apron and silk dress as they thought my childish self was so cute!
oh how wonderful and kind!
I was going to say that I think a lot of people will have heard of Brugge solely because of the 2008 film – and naturally you now had to check this out – but then looking it up I see that that’s ‘In Bruges’ set in the Belgian city of Bruges. Are these the same place, translation aside? I don’t know. Your looks lovely though.
I believe they are the same place indeed! I have seen the movie. It was funny! and it really is a darling city. Have you seen the film?
I have seen the film – once – and from what I remember it looked a lot darker and squeezed together than your wonderful airy photos reveal it to be. The lies of cinema. I’m sorry you had such a bad time though.
haaha! Oh I had a wonderful time, robbery aside. I really did enjoy the country and the cities I was able to visit!
The snow makes everything more amazing!
That’s the truth!
Cool post, it looks so different in winter time! I went around summer and wrote a post on it to (https://denissesamantha.com/2019/06/13/deewanderlust-brugge-belgium/)
oh I’ll have to check it out!