West Flanders


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The Essential
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Situated at a trading crossroads in northern Flanders, Bruges became a commercial capital from the 12C. Its wealth made it beautiful - the centre is now a Unesco World Heritage site - with churches, monuments and fine houses built around a network of canals, giving it the nickname Venice of the North. Bruges is also the birthplace of Flemish painting, and has long been renowned for its flags and lacemaking, and its Ascension Day festivities culminating in the procession of the Holy Blood.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Bruges

Memling museum Memling museum
Memling museum
This museum occupies the former St John
Belfry and Covered Market of Bruges Belfry and Covered Market of Bruges
Belfry and Covered Market of Bruges
These two buildings form a lovely
Groeningemuseum Groeningemuseum
The Groeningemuseum houses a wonderful
Markt Markt
The centre of Bruges life, Markt is
Bruges Begijnhof Bruges Begijnhof
Bruges Begijnhof
A peaceful haven not far from a canal
Gruuthuse Museum Gruuthuse Museum
Gruuthuse Museum
This 15C Gothic brick palace was