Historic Centre of Brugge

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
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Since 2000, the Historic Centre of Brugge has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Regarded as one of the best-preserved examples of a medieval European settlement, the historic center is among the first places you should visit in Bruges, according to past visitors. Take time to wander the cobblestone paths or a hop on a boat ride through the canals that lead to the Gothic and neo-Gothic buildings that make up this historic city. Once a bustling metropolis of trade, this area was also a hub of the Flemish Primitive style of painting.

Recent travelers advise that you spend two to three hours in the area. They also recommended taking a boat ride down the canals and advise sitting and enjoying a pint of beer and a waffle.

You'll find this neighborhood right in the center of Bruges, which is strollable anytime.

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Considered one of the most photographed areas of Bruges, Rozenhoedkaai, or Quay of the Rosary, is a picturesque spot where the Dijver and Groenerei canals meet. Sit back and relax while enjoying the lovely canals, beautiful old buildings and charming bars, restaurants and hotels.

Visitors also recommend checking out Rozenhoedkaai during the evening hours and say it's a great spot to hop on a boat for a canal tour.

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