Bruges has a fairy tale quality that enchants its visitors with beauty and charm. As a World Heritage City it is one of Europe's top destinations for people who enjoy culture and antiquing in equal measure. Recently the backdrop to the Hollywood movie "Bruges", starring Colin Farrell, you can expect it to be busy in the high season. But don't worry Bruges is a wonderful City to visit at any time.
The narrow 15th century gothic streets are packed with galleries of high class art and antiques. Forget the car, get a map and enjoy walking around the cobbled streets, to rest your feet an absolute must is a canal ride that takes you through the very heart of the city and under some very low bridges. Mind your head!
Make sure to visit the the Basilica of the Holy Blood, with its Romanesque St Basil's Chapel, art and religious relics. The Town Hall is an imposing 14th-century Gothic building housing a collection of historic artefacts.
Dijver street has the Groeninge Museum housing fine Belgian and Dutch paintings, including works by Jan van Eyck and Hieronymous Bosch. Dijver street also has the Gruuthuse Museum with a fine collection of medieval art and impressive lace collection.
To the south the Church of Our Lady wonder at Michelangelo's Madonna with Child or head over to the Memling Museum which displays the Flemish painter Hans Memling's work inside one of Europe's oldest surviving medieval hospitals.
If you want to splash out on accomodation try the Keminsky Hotel Dukes' Palace which occupies a prime location in Bruges' historic old town.
If you need a break from the site seeing head over to Minnewater, in the south of the city known as the Lake of Love, with its swans and willows which is an ideal place to have a picnic.
Essentially Bruges is a must visit location