Bruges, Belgium
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Photos That Show Why Bruges May Be the Cutest Town in Europe!
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Bruges is that charming little town tucked in the northwestern part of Belgium. Medieval gabled buildings that date back to the earliest centuries dot its landscape, along with narrow cobbled streets, bustling market squares, church spires and crisscrossing canals with fetching stone bridges.

Bruges, Belgium Canals

Like some of you, probably, I’ve been introduced to Bruges via Colin Farrell’s movie In Bruges (No, it wasn’t the TV series The White Queen. That one I’ve yet to see.). Not the best of introductions, I know, but I fell in love with Bruges when watching that film. And probably not the best movie there is, too (at least not for me), but if its goal was in marketing Bruges, you could say that it was most effective as I was utterly persuaded that I had to see the real thing. And see it I did.

I was finally able to visit Bruges during last summer’s trip to Europe and what I saw didn’t disappoint. Bruges in the flesh, so to speak, is postcard perfect! It’s gorgeous, very scenic and utterly captivating. More colorful than what was in the film, I was mighty glad to be there!

Bruges, Belgium Canals

What makes Bruges stand apart from other European towns, I believe, is the quaint, yet charming, juxtaposition of its long winding canals and imposing brick medieval buildings. The blending of those two is just awe-inspiring, and if you reflect on the long history that this place has been through, then it becomes humbling. Peppered around town are captivating canal scenes like these.

Bruges, Belgium Canals

Bruges, Belgium Canals

Bruges, Belgium Canals

With buildings looking like they came straight out of story books.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium Historium

Activities and happenings are mostly found in the market square, where travelers and the rest of the crowd gather in outdoor cafes and restos (seats are in demand so you have to order and keep on doing so if you want to hold on to your spot). While Bruges gets lovely weather during summer, it can get a little bit crowded as well.

Bruges, Belgium Market Square

Bruges, Belgium Burg Square

People also mill about in the Burg Square, where the Stadhuis, Bruges’ City Hall, as well as the famous Basilica of the Holy Blood (where you can find the vial containing Jesus Christ’s blood) can be found. During the middle of the week, this large square is occupied by an outdoor market selling mostly produce like fruits, veggies and other what-nots.

Bruges, Belgium Burg Square, City Hall

Since Bruges is a fairly compact town, everything can be reached on foot. Biking is always a great way to see the town since it’s a much faster option and Bruges is very bike-friendly (bike rentals are aplenty). Going around, you’ll see scenes like these.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

If you want to escape the crowd and find some quiet (as I often did), there are plenty of inner streets and alleys that offer just as amazing views.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is as picturesque at night, too—mysterious, cosmopolitan, romantic, and every inch European.

Bruges, Belgium

A walk along the quiet, lamplit cobbled lanes is a nice way to get a feel of this magical burg and wonder what could have transpired on these centuries-old streets.

How do you like Bruges? Would you be adding it to your bucket list?

On a final note, when in Bruges, don’t forget to take notice of the doors of most buildings as a lot of them are such works of art. You can see that they’ve been given some careful thought. I don’t know why, but Bruges residents seem to have a thing for doors (I had a wonderful time door-watching, in fact!). The one below is one of the simplest I’ve seen, but it’s such a beauty, nonetheless—a red hot one at that.

Bruges, Belgium Door

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of Bruges. As always, happy travels and stay safe!

16 Comments

  • Rhonda Albom

    October 23, 2015

    Beautiful photos which brought back a lot of memories. I agree, it is an adorable city. I love that night shot on the canal.

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    • Olivia

      October 24, 2015

      Thanks! It’s one of my favourite photos as well.

      Reply
  • Tanja

    October 23, 2015

    HI! I came across this post by Weekend Wanderlust travel link up. Great photos! I’ve been to Bruges too, it’s really like something out of a fairy tale:)

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    • Olivia

      October 24, 2015

      Yes, it is. It was truly a wonderful visit for me. Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  • Such a lovely collection and pictures and the architecture is just stunning. The last pic with the red door is just gorgeous.

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    • Olivia

      October 24, 2015

      Thank you! Love that red door, too.

      Reply
  • Meagan: A Friend Afar

    October 23, 2015

    These photos are beautiful! I found your link on the #WeekendWanderlust Link Up. My friend was just in Bruges, so I’ll be sharing this with her as well!

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    • Olivia

      October 24, 2015

      Thank you. I hope she had a wonderful time in Bruges as well.

      Reply
  • Lydia C. Lee

    October 23, 2015

    I really want to go there!! I hope I manage it one day!!

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    • Olivia

      October 24, 2015

      Hoping you get to visit Bruges, too. It’s a lovely experience.

      Reply
  • Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

    October 24, 2015

    Wow! Such fantastic photos! I’m heading to Europe in 2016 and I think I’ll need to add Bruges to my list!

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    • Olivia

      October 26, 2015

      Thank you! Please do, it’s a marvelous town 🙂

      Reply
  • lavidaglobal

    October 25, 2015

    I also found you through the #WeekendWanderlust link up and I’m glad I did. I will be in Bruges in 6 weeks and loved your photos. Can’t wait to experience the Christmas Markets in the square. Now to read you Rothenburg post as I’m heading there as well.

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    • Olivia

      October 26, 2015

      That’s fantastic! I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time in both places. Haven’t experienced the Christmas Markets in Bruges, but Rothenburg’s own is spectacular! Lots of stores, but the cheaper ones are those farther from the center. I love both towns, and I just can’t decide which of the two is my favourite, so I guess they’re equal in that sense. 🙂

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  • RobRob @TravelLatte(.net)

    December 8, 2015

    Hi Olivia – What beautiful pictures! We were debating whether to visit Bruges last year, and decided against it. Kind of regretting that decision now! For now, the city remains on our Bucket List.

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    • Olivia

      December 11, 2015

      Hi, thank you! It’s a charming city; pretty sure you’ll have a wonderful time there.

      Reply

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