Bruges City, Belgium. The capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders.
It is the 7th largest city of Belgium by population.
The Area of the city amounts to more than 138.4 square kilometres.
The historic city center is a prominent World Heritage Sit of UNESCO. It is oval in shape and about 430 hectares in size.
The city has a total population of more than 117,000 people with 20,000 living in the city center.
The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 616km square. It has a population of more than 255,000 inhabitants.
It has significant economic importance due to its port and is one of the world’s chief commercial cities.
Bruges is famous as the seat of the College of Europe, a university institute for European Studies.
7 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN BRUGES
- Don’t carry high heels. Instead carry comfortable footwear and be prepared to walk many miles on cobblestones.
- Do not go unprepared and assume that everything will be arranged while there. Instead, do a little pre-trip research and get a map or visitors guide.
- Don’t plan to stay for too little time. Instead, plan to stay for long in order to explore several places for better experience.
- Do not hire a car but instead use bicycles to explore the city. It gives better views.
- Don’t just try white beers! Try Leffe Brune (looks serious but isn’t), Kwak (just for the glass) or De Garre (only available in a little bar down a side street between the Markt and the Burg. Apparently they can legally only serve you two!)
- Do not go to restaurants near the touristic centers. They are very expensive. Instead, walk a bit further to the locals restaurants.
- Avoid using hoarse carriages. The are overpriced. Instead, wander the city by foot and save your money!
11 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BRUGES CITY
- Bruges is famous for its lace making.
- It has more castles than any other country
- The is a whole bar dedicated to potatoes. Even the bar is made from potato crates.
- Bruges is haunted and has many ghost stories.
- There are more than 80 bridges in Bruges city.
- A lot of people reckon that the Belfry Tower is slightly leaning.
- You can see the Bruges Highway from the moon.
- Bruges is less than one hour from Brussels by train.
- Virtually everything is closed in Bruges on Sunday.
- The oldest windmill is Bruges is the only mill standing in its original position.
- There’s a big blue whale made out of trash just opposite the Jan Van Eyck.