Fodor's To Europe!

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Day 6
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Belgium's biggest draw outside of Brussels itself, the medieval town of Brugge is as beautiful as you've heard, and simply wandering the streets is enchanting. The city also has a wealth of art from the country's primitive era.
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  • History
  • Food and Wine

Experiences

  • There's no shortage of Flemish Primitives in the Groeningemuseum. Works by Bosch, Brueghel the Elder and Younger, and van Eyck hang here, along with a strong collection of Dutch and Belgian work from the 15th to 21st centuries.
  • The Markt has been at the center of the action in Brugge since 958; the iconic belfry tower on the north side dates to the 13th century.

Festivals

Side Trips

  • The fishing village of is 4 mi/6 km to the north and is accessible by paddle steamer.
  • The seaside attractions of Oostende are 17 mi/27 km west of Brugge.

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