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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.