Bruges is the capital city of Western Flanders, which lies in the Flemish region of Belgium. The City Centre is the prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It has got a port which makes it a significant financial centre. Bruges has got numerous medieval sites which are still intact. A must for those interested in the history of Bruges is the Church of Our Lady. With a total of 48 bells among other features, the church is one of the most unusual attractions.
Other well known buildings in Bruges include the Beguinage, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Old St-John's Hospital, Saint Salvator's Cathedral, and the City Hall on the Burg Square. The draw of Belgian chocolate should never be underestimated. Bruges alone has more than 200 dedicated chocolate shops, so there are no excuses for not indulging. You can try Stef’s on Breidelstraat which is very reasonably priced or the Chocolatier Van Oost on Wollestraat which is famous for its high quality artisanal chocolate. Kathelijnestraat is also a great destination for the chocolate-hunting tourist. Make the most of a visit here to watch as the chocolates are created by skilled chocolatiers.
Dumon, a family owned shop is very famous for its handmade chocolates. It is run by Lady Dumon along with her two sons, Stefaan and Christophe. Chocolate Line near Market Square offers eighty exclusive varieties of chocolates. It includes a Buddha-shaped ginger chocolate and a white elephant saffron curry.
Verheecke offers an array of liquor filled chocolates. Chocolate Corner is known for its tea-flavored pralines. One can also order handmade chocolates from Sukerbuyc's choc-online website. Choco-Story is one of its kind chocolate museums in the world. The free chocolate which is offered is more than enough of a reason to visit this place.
There are local supermarkets which sell a good range of mass-produced chocolates at very reasonable rates. It is a good option for all those people who do not want to buy from chocolate shops or are looking for inexpensive options. Chocolate is just one culinary delight which is available to tourists in Belgium – try a traditional dish such as mussels and enjoy a Belgian beer at the same time.
With so many shops to visit, car rental is a must. There are also plenty of other attractions such as theatres which are within easy reach once you have arranged car hire. Many buildings in the city boast breathtaking architecture and fine examples include the Aquariustheater, the Concertgebouw, Biekorf and Sirkeltheater. Catch a film at the Cinema Lumiere or Cinema Liberty and other tourist attractions which are worth a look include the Museum of Folklore, Gentpoort, and City Hall. The city hosts several music, cultural, and food festivals. Try festivals such as Fuse on the Beach and plan your trip to coincide with one of these spectacular events.
The chocolate shops and medieval feel to the city helps to maintain its romantic image and Bruges is a great place for a romantic break for two.