Welcome to Bruges
Welcome to Bruges – The City of Culture and Fairytail
Bruges is one of Belgium’s best preserved medieval cities and worth a visit at any time of the year. It is located in West Flanders. The greater Bruges hosts about 120000 inhabitants while approximately 20000 of them live in the inner historical city, which is prominent of World Heritage Site of UNESCO. That happened when the canal of Bruges linked the city to the sea, a guarantee of wealth and prosperity, bringing international merchants to built up Bruges into one of the largest Hance cities. As a result, in the 15th century the city flourished as never before and large parts of the medieval heritage remained intact. Soon after that Bruges became a great point of interest, looking at growth and inspiration for art and music since the 19th century when theatres started being developed. Until 2002 Bruge was the Cultural Capital of Europe.
Information and Facts
There is plenty of nightlife to be found in Bruges during the week and especially on the weekends. The Egg Market, placed next to the ‘Markt’, is the main hang out providing a variety of dance cafés in a small cosy square. Apart form the Egg Market, however, nightlife can be found in the clubs and bars of student neighbourhoods such as Langestraat, Kupierstraat and Kraanplein. If you want something different you can still try the nightlife of nearby places in Ostend or Ghent.
In Bruge you can find a wide array of quality shopping available regarding fashion, jewellery, antiques, comics, music and literature. Bruges is known for having high-quality Lace, chocolate and beer. Furthermore, from the end of November till the beginning of January, there’s a great Christmas market in the Simon Stevin square next to which you will find an artificial open-air ice rink.
Bruges is also known as the Venice of the North. The attractions of this magical place include a wide range of museums, churches, historical buildings, canals and streets that can be explored by boat, foot or horse. Furthermore, it hosts many special events every year. The Cultural Summer Happenig which is from the 26st of July until the 10th of August the urban festival ‘Klinkers’, offers a wide variety of contemporary cosmopolitan music
Central European Time Zone(UTC+01:00)
Bruges has a temperature maritime climate due to the influence of Atlantic weather patterns which encourage milder summers and warmer winters. During winter the overall average temperature is around 4C while in the summer the city enjoys an average temperature range of 12-21C.
There is usually some rain all year round, however the weather in Bruges is notoriously predictable irrespective of the season.
The public transportation system in Bruges consists of a great network of buses, however, most of the attractions are within a walking distance of the town Hall.