Bruges Travel Guide - World Capital of Chocolate
Bruges (or Brugge, in Dutch) is the capital of the Flanders region, and is one of Belgium's most popular tourist attractions.
Bruges boasts many monuments and cultural attractions as well as breathtaking medieval architecture, which has earned its historic city centre a place as a UNESCO world heritage site.
From the medieval opulence of the Burg Square to the idyllic tranquillity of the Beguinage, Bruges is a wonderful place to explore on foot or by canal boat. It also has its fair share of more exciting happenings, with an impressive calendar of City Festivals running throughout the year and covering everything from world music to pop and cinema events.
Bruges is also the self-proclaimed 'World Capital of Chocolate', and this is no idle boast! With 49 chocolate boutiques, a chocolate museum, chocolate trail and a chocolate fair, chocolate lovers can browse, sample and buy to their heart's content.
A diverse selection of food is always available in Bruges' bistros, cafes and restaurants. The city also has a varied nightlife, with many bars serving excellent Belgian beers as well as a variety of clubs and live music venues.
Bruges also has excellent travel connections into and from Europe with a number of ferries from the UK sailing there.
You can cross the channel with DFDS Seaways ferry to France and then make the short drive to Bruge -it's just 47 miles. If travelling from the North of England, DFDS Seaways ferry to Holland from Newcastle provides an excellent way to travel to Bruges, and is less than a 3 hour drive from the ferry port in Amsterdam.