being steeped in rich heritage and having picture postcard beauty, it's no wonder it's known as the Venice of the North.
visitors now flock to explore the cobbled streets and old guild houses in the Market Place but it is the canals with their ancient humped bridges that create its unique character. Small enough to explore by foot, horsedrawn carriage or by canal boat, there is much to see museums and art flourish, good restaurants abound and pretty shops sell lace, Flemish tapestry, speciality beers and chocolates.Things to do, places to see...in Bruges:The Historic Centre and Belfry
with its 366 step staircase leading to the top where panoramic views of the city can be seen the Burg
, the heart of the administrative Bruges, with its Romanesque Sait Basil's Basilica and Gothic City Hallthe Basilica of the Holy Blood
, a chapel that contains a phial which allegedly contains Christ's blood, brought back from the Crusadesthe Minnewater Lake
or 'The Lake of Love', one of Bruges' most romantic beauty spotsthe Beguinage
, founded in 1245 and occupied by nuns of the Order of Saint Benedictthe Church of our Lady
with its 122mt spire and what is claimed to be the only Michelangelo statue to have left Italy in his lifetimeGroeninge Museum
, an art gallery which houses a permanent collection including world famous collection of Flemish Primitive paintingthe Markt
, the medieval commercial centre of the city filled with restauranrts and shops.