Fodor's To Europe!

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Day 11
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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
  • Architecture

Experiences

  • There's no shortage of Flemish Primitives in the Groeningemuseum. Bosch, Bruegel the Elder and Younger, and van Eyck are all hanging here, along with a strong collection of Dutch and Belgian works from the 15th to 21st centuries.
  • The Markt, or marketplace, has been at the center of the action in Brugge since 958, with the iconic belfry tower on the north side dating to the 13th century.

Festivals

  • The Procession of the Holy Blood is held on Ascension Day in early May.
  • The Day of Carillon, when the bells are rung throughout the area, is the third week in June.

Side Trips

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

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