Every tourist destination has it’s attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary’s gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
Brugge (Bruges in French) is a time-capsule of life in the 17th Century. It was once a great trading center, but as its connections to the sea silted up, it lost its influence and significance. It was virtually abandoned until the 19th Century when it became one of Europe’s early tourist attractions.
Today it is one of the most popular destinations in the Low Countries and delights millions of travelers annually. Don’t miss Brugge for at least the following reasons:
1. A canal ride through the exquisite city center is a must for all visitors.
2. Markt (Market) Square is the most popular gathering place in the city. The Dutch architecture around the square is stunning.
3. A highlight of any visit to Brugge is a stop at the Basilica of the Holy Blood, on Burg Square.
4. In Brugge’s Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral, one can find one of the few Michelangelo sculptures outside of Italy.