Beautiful Brugge, Belgium

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I recently saw a request for information here on Insiders regarding a trip to Belgium, and thought I'd post some photos of Brugge (or Bruges in French).  It's been about 5 years since my first and only visit to this quaint and historic city, but it still stands out as one of the most memorable places that I've visited, and I long to return.  Brugge is filled with many interesting attractions, and is very pedestrian and cyclist friendly.  In fact, touring Brugge by foot or bicycle is really the best way to see this city, as it's very compact.  It's filled with beautiful architecture, cobblestone streets, has many museums and churches, city hall, town center, restaurants, shopping, pubs and breweries, canals and lakes.  There is so much to enjoy about Brugge.  Brugge is known for it's lace, so be sure to visit some lace shops to purchase gifts for yourself, family or friends.  Of course Belgium is know for it's fine chocolates, and while there are many chocolatiers in Brugge as well as all of Belgium, I have heard that the most inexpensive places to purchase Belgium chocolates are in their grocery stores.  A good place for Belgian beer in Brugge is 't Brugs Beertje, an excellent pub that offers hundreds of Belgian brews.  It's a bit touristy, but good nonetheless.  Places in Brugge to visit are the Grote Markt, Groeninge Museum, the Begijnhof, and the Burg (city hall), in addition to many beautiful gothic and romanesque churches that are not to be missed.  Enjoy shopping on Katelijnestraat. Although you will see horse drawn carriages in Brugge that are available for hire, they are quite expensive (about 40€ for 1/2 hour, but the carriage can fit up to 5 people).  For an equally (if not better) way to see Brugge, consider taking a guided boat tour through the canals, which is very reasonably priced, 7,60€ plus an obligatory tip to the driver/guide.  In fact a canal boat ride is essential.  Then walk along the canals to see all of the medieval gates that were used to control the traffic in and out of the city.  Brugge is easily accessible from Brussels by train, then either a bus can be caught from the train station, or one can walk into the city.  Expect a lot of walking in Brugge, so wear a comfortable and durable pair of shoes.  It rains often in Belgium, even in the summer, so an umbrella is always advisable as well.  Brugge is an easy day trip from many places, and is not to be missed.  If all you can spare is one day however, you will always yearn to go back as there is just too much to explore, discover and enjoy in Beautiful Brugge, Belgium.