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Impeccably preserved across so many centuries, the ornate, Gothic grandeur of Bruges has made it one of Europe’s most beloved destinations. Not only is it a picture-postcard realm of pretty churches, quaint townhouses and cobbled squares, but you also get to explore the tranquil canals that have earnt comparisons with Venice. It almost goes without saying there are plenty of artistic attractions around town, and even a novice will come away with a working knowledge of great Belgian art. That said, you can just as happily spend your whole visit just wandering the pretty streets, tucking into mussels and frites, sampling the delicious local chocolate, and just basking in the caught-in-time charm of the city.
Living in Bruges is something most of us can only dream about, but Bruges holiday rentals provide the next best thing: a home from home in the heart of this medieval marvel. By opting for a Bruges holiday apartment rather than a hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy complete privacy and much more space than a traditional hotel guestroom. Having your own, real kitchen will also mean you can prepare your own dishes at home rather than having to eat out all the time – not only will this save the holiday budget for other things, but planning your day’s activities over a leisurely breakfast or lunch in the kitchen or living room will add a new dimension to your stay in Bruges.
Among the many grand old icons of the Bruges skyline, the Church of Our Lady stands apart. Dating back to the 13th century, it boasts one of the tallest brick towers in the world. If you step inside you’ll be met with gilded tombs and artistic treasures, including a famous Madonna and Child sculpture, hewn from marble by Michelangelo himself. Perhaps the most celebrated structure near holiday rentals in Bruges is the Belfry, which looms over the bustling Markt square. Famously featured in the movie In Bruges, the Belfry isn’t just awesome to look at. You’ll also want to climb the steps to the top, for unrivalled views across the streets and canals. To appreciate the artistic heritage of Bruges, you’ll want to visit the Groeningemuseum, which features masterpieces by the Flemish Primitives. Among the quirkier things to do is a tour around the Frietmuseum, which really is an entire museum devoted to potato frites, and will make your mouth water.
This compact jewel of a city is also very bicycle-friendly, and you can readily rent a bike while here. And let’s not forget the canal boat tours. Going on one of these is a real rite of passage in Bruges, and will let you see the sumptuous architecture from a whole new angle. And, if you’re keen to get out and see more of Belgium during your stay, hiring a car is always a good option.