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Fall for flanders and all its medieval beauty

Fall for flanders and all its medieval beauty

No trip to Brussels would be complete without taking the one-hour journey west to Bruges. You can catch the train either at the Brussels Nord, Central or Midi stations. No reservation needed (or taken) and trains leave about every half hour. When you get off the train in you only need to walk a short distance, crossing over a canal by bridge to discover what some have called the "Venice of the North."

Standing over the bridge you’ll see a series of canals, grass parkways with a blanket of wildflowers, white buildings with orange rooftops and benedictine nuns parading in old-fashioned habits. This is a great walking town, but if you’re looking for romance or charm (easily found in Bruges), hop in a horse-drawn carriage or take a canal boat tour.

About Benelux

For a high-flying vantage point, climb the 366 steps of the belfry of Bruges, a medieval bell tower in the town’s historical center. What once served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger, today, for a small fee, you can see more pleasant things – like orange rooftops as far as the eye can see, and a maze of canals webbing around the town. After such a workout, head back down (try not to get dizzy) and stop at a café for a glass of cherry-flavored Belgian Kriek beer.

Bruges is well known for its delicate lace production. For a small fee, watch women move their hands ever so quickly to craft these beautiful crocheted creations. Bring home a tablecloth or set of placemats to remind you of Bruges every time you sit down to eat.

Bruges is just the beginning of your journey into Flanders. See what sparkles in Antwerp, center of the diamond trade, and be there in less than 90 minutes. For more riches, Oostende, also known as the "North Port" is where you’ll gawk at million-dollar yachts. For more medieval charm, Ghent, just 30 minutes away, used to be one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today, it’s the biggest car-free area in Belgium, allowing you to walk freely among the well-preserved architecture. Travel to Bruges using a Eurail Benelux Pass.

Bruges is special for its intense beauty. Yes, there are museums to see and towers to climb, but most come to simply "be" here. Walk through busy squares. Take a moment to reflect in a quiet park. Stop for a bite at a café on an intimate cobblestone street. And make "old times" new again.

When in Bruges, you can taste the famous mussels and fries. They are delicious! You can ask any locals to help you find a nice place to eat. They will be glad to help.

Why not buy some chocolates when in Bruges? There are many chocolate shops in the city. Head to Wollestraat where you will find high quality artisanal chocolates.

Bruges Tourist Office
PO Box 744, B-8000 Bruges
Tel: +32 50 44 46 46

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Bruges can be found.

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    St Pancras - Brussels | George g. | 2013/10/15
    "Unfortunately the train was held up for 45 minutes just before the tunnel because power had gone off in the tunnel. While this was an inconvenience for many passengers who had connecting trains to catch, I did not and was tired from the previous days traveling, so I slept through the delay. "

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    Train travel made easy | Robyn m. | 2013/09/27
    "We travelled from Paris to Brugge by train , the trip was via Lille. The trains were on time .We booked through Rail Europe.. We found the service provided by this site fantastic. The trip itself went smoothly , but be warned the 2 nd class carriages had little room for bags! There was also a very quick station and train change at Lille. "

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    The Thalys train is great! | Peter f. | 2013/06/17
    "We travelled from Paris to Bruges on this train. This leg of the journey was very good with a meal being served as part of 1st Class service. The train was comfortable but our seats were in the group of four with a person sitting opposite. We were also travelling facing the rear of the train. It might sound a bit silly but we booked this train as soon as online bookings opened up. I would have thought we would have been allocated better seats and also been told the meal was included. We thought we were ahead of the game on this one and bought food prior to boarding. The journey actually began in Amiens but we could not find a train to go from Amiens to Bruges unless it was via Paris. "