Known as the Venice of the North, Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the north-west of the country.
The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It's egg-shaped and about 430 ha big. The surface of the complete city amounts to more than 13,840 ha, including 193.7 ha off the coast, at Zeebrugge. The city's total populuation is more than 117,000, of which ca. 20,000 live in the historic centre.
Bruges has a quite big economic importance, thanks to its port, and it's also home to the College of Europe.
It was a justified motive that prompted UNESCO in 2000 to include the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage list. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. The wealth of museums is a striking image of this city's stirring history.
Bruges is also home to contemporary culture, such as the new Concert Hall, which is one of the most prominent music complexes in Flanders.
The restaurants in Bruges which offer gastronomic cuisine and the exclusive hotels are a true feast for those who enjoy the good things in life.