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Unlike many areas of the world, the Conference Centre in Bruges comes with historic charm. From the outside, it looks like a castle. Inside, it hosts talks and sessions, including the International Meeting on Nuclear Applications of Accelerators. Elsewhere in Bruges, other annual events include the Christmas Market and Ice Sculpture Festival.
Bruges hotels often serve outstanding frites and mussels, which make for a basic yet tasty meal. Visitors to the area should venture off the beaten track to find restaurants that serve local food without charging the earth. Watch out for restaurants presenting bread at the beginning of meals, as they may charge extra for eating it without letting you know.
Like much of Belgium, Bruges hotels are only a stone's throw away from chocolatiers. High-quality artisanal chocolate isn't hard to find, so leave space in your luggage for some. Authentic lace work from Bruges is truly unique, but do make sure your chosen seller is offering a legitimate price.
It isn't hard to find a historic canal or house in Bruges, as many of the city's areas are so quaint they feel like Disneyland. Try the Brewery de Halve Maan for a beer-museum experience. To experience Roman and Gothic architecture coming together, try the Onze Lieve Vrouwkerk. Chocolate lovers should also check out the Choco-Story Museum.
Sport in Bruges revolves around cycling and football. Each year the Tour of Flanders kicks off there, before moving through other areas of Belgium.