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Bruges, a fairy-tale medieval town

Venice of the North in Belgium

Literally translating as 'bridge', Bruges is arguably the most well-preserved city in Europe. Known today for its cultural and historical heritage, this canal-based city is frequently referred to as the 'Venice of the North'.

The Belfry is Bruges' most iconic structure and offers unparalleled views of the city below. Fans of cult hit In Bruges will enjoy the Belfry as a place of pilgrimage due to its central role in the film.

The market square is the ideal place to eat and drink, accompanied by the Belfry's melodious carillon-played 47 bells.

Bruges high concentration of canals offers the opportunity to soak up the city from the calm of a gondola.

The horse-drawn carriages offer another unique method of seeing the city, often enhanced by the drivers who are prone to share knowledge and anecdotes not found in travel guides.

A church gets its name from its possession of a relic of the Precious Blood, a phial held to contain some of Christ's preserved blood.

The Groeninge Museum houses Bruges' most distinguished collection of art, including works by Jan van Eyck and other Flemish masters.

A day trip to Flanders is sure to be a sombre one, but visiting the area is beneficial in learning more about the area's recent history, especially in a guided tour.

The Church of Our Lady is notable as the tallest structure in Bruges and for its possession of several major works of art including Michaelangelo's Madonna and Child.

Bruges' lace-making tradition dates back hundreds of years. The Lace Centre offers demonstrations of the craft in action, and visitors are able to buy the real thing to take home as a souvenir.

Tired sightseers will find rejuvenation in sampling some of Bruges' most famous export. Sold in a large number of charming shops, every chocolate type imaginable is found here, often crafted into bizarre and humourous sculptures.

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