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Top 12 Facts about Bruges

Canal in Bruges
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Canal in Bruges

If you’ve chosen Bruges as your holiday destination, the following facts about the Flemish capital might come in handy.

In its relatively small territory Bruges has concentrated more castles than any other country in the world. More than 50 of Flanders’ 470 castles are located in this city and its surroundings.

Thanks to its large number of canals and bridges (of which there are more than 80) Bruges is often referred to as Venice of the North. Tourists can explore the city by sailing along its canals. During the Middle Ages, due to its dense network of waterways, Burges was considered to be one of the major commercial centres of Europe.

Carriage on the ancient streets of Bruges
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Carriage on the ancient streets of Bruges

Although there are plenty of shops here that sell chocolate, only some of them specialise in local produce. If you want to buy chocolate made specifically in Bruges, look for shops with the word “handmade” on the windows.

Bruges is famous for its liberal worldview. Voting in elections and referendums, however, is obligatory to every citizen.

Education is highly valued here – the city has several internationally-approved colleges and universities. The law prohibits anyone from leaving school before the age of eighteen.

A chocolate shop in Brugge
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  A chocolate shop in Brugge

The famous pop singer Gotye, the author of the hit song Somebody That I Used to Known, was born in Bruges.

The city is known for its exquisitely beautiful lace products.

The belfry of Bruges, or Belfort, erected in the 12th century CE, has been rebuilt several times due to fires. During the past four centuries, the 83-metre-high belfry lurched to the left by as much as one metre. To reach the top, you’ll have to climb 366 steps.

Jewellery is a good keepsake to buy from the city – the jewellers of Bruges polish the jewels with a special technique that’s been used for many centuries.

Every year, the city hosts an important religious celebration – the Procession of the Holy Blood. The date of the event shifts from year to year, depending on the timing of Easter. The procession began in 1149 when a certain Flemish count brought to Bruges a receptacle used for storing Christ’s blood. The count bought this valuable relic during the Crusades. Now, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims come to Bruges to bow to it. A huge procession takes place, with people dressed in ancient cult and knight garments.

Bruges, Belgium
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bruges, Belgium

Halve Maan is a brewery that makes Brugse Zot – a beer made only in Bruges. The brewery has been located in the same spot in Walplein Square since its beginnings in 1564. Tours are available, and they all culminate in a tasting.

This is the city where the American director Martin McDonagh shot his movie In Bruges. The main roles were played by Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. Many of the city’s attractions can be seen in the movie – the Belfort, the central square, and the city’s picturesque canals.

Comments (1)

Amellia kallin   13 days ago  Edited
Burges is a dreamland for nature lover. i like the beauty of this place so much and just wanna have a tremendous time there