Saturday, 22 May 2010

Brugge

If you ever come to Brussels you must make a one-day trip to Brugge.
Looking at the Belgian landscapes passing before your eyes an hour passes quickly, and when you get off the train and meet with the city such as Brugge, you will see that you didn't make a mistake (the trains are fast, clean and most importantly, accurate)
The first impression of the city are channels for which Brugge is often called the Venice of North. But Brugge is a little deeper inland than Venice because the Flemish coast in the past, was repeatedly flooded by the north sea. Flemish name "Brugge" probably comes from the Latin word "Rogi" (which is the Latin name "Reie" a river that flows through Brugge), and the Scandinavian word "Bryggia" which means 'harbor or mooring place'. Driving these channels is genuine adventure. I can not say with certainty how long it lasted, I only know that with a good driver and guide all has gone in a minute. I enjoyed every moment. Nice experiences.












































After driving channels we went to Market of Brugge. The square is full of cafes and restaurants and here you can freshen up and have fun. The central location of the Market Square indicates that this was the medieval heart of the city. The market place (Grote Markt) is free from traffic since October 1996. It has been completely refurbished and now is one of most attractive parts of the city. The main monument is of course the Belfry tower.





The Belfry tower is no less than 83 meters high! On your way to the top you will discover the old treasury room, an impressive clock mechanism and a carillon with 47 bells. After 366 steps, you will be rewarded with a breath-taking view of Brugge and its surrounding countryside.










View from Belfry tower is fascinating.









































When approaching Brugge you can see from afar the highest tower of the city, tower of the Church of Our Lady. Although this church is not the most important one on the level of religion (St. Salvator's church is) it attracts most visitors because of the very important works of art that one can admire here Madonna by Michelangelo and the splendid tombstones of Mary of Burgundy and her father Charles the Bold.




Brugge is a city with two squares. The largest one is the Market and the second square called the "Burg". Here was, and still is, the heart of the administrative Brugge. Brugge Town Hall built between 1376 and 1420 is one of the oldest.





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