Celebrating World Chocolate Day, we take a look at one of the magnificent chocolate capitals of the world, the lovely city of Bruges.
The city’s streets have featured prominently in popular culture over the years, most notably the comedy caper ‘In Bruges’.
In recent years, the city has a seen a surge in popularity with tourists arriving all over the world to enjoy Belgium’s beautiful second city.
After joining us to explore the appeal of city, you will soon begin to understand why.
Bruges really is rich in history. The capital of West Flanders, visitors to Bruges can expect to find lovely cobbled streets and a UNESCO-listed historic center.
Key places to visit include the central Markt, Belfry of Bruges, and the Church of Our Lady Bruges.
The main Markt (pictured) is a must-visit for anyone looking to relax and perhaps enjoy a bite to eat.
Exploring the Gothic charm of Bruges, visitors often find themselves arriving at the city’s canal.
We thoroughly recommend taking to the water on a canal cruise where you can admire the sights at a leisurely pace enjoying the beauty of some of Bruges’ oldest buildings.
Resting right up to the water’s edge at points, these historic buildings are full of charm and character.
Also in the West Flanders region and close to the city, the town of Ypres is a key tourist spot for travellers.
Surrounded by former WWI battlefields, Ypres is home to number of poignant monuments paying tribute to the fallen during the war.
Menin Gate (pictured) is one such iconic location.
When in the area, we thoroughly reccommend visiting both the Cloth Hall and In Flanders Fields Museum where you can learn about the area’s history, particularly during the turbulent WWI period.
The final resting place of thousands of soldiers, Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest commonwealth cemetery in the world.
Quite often tourists visit this extremely poignant location to pay their respects to the fallen.
Yes, a visit to the city would not be complete without an mini adventure exploring the variety of chocolate shops found across the city.
Belgian chocolate is renowned around the world and rightfully so, it can often prove to be the perfect accompaniment to a nice refreshing coffee enjoyed in the centre of the city.