As suggested by our host in Brussels, we decided to visit two of Belgium’s smaller cities, Bruge and Gent. I was especially looking forward to visiting Bruge because this was the city in which the movie “In Bruges” starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson was set, and I remember saying to myself, “What a quaint little town” while watching that movie.
Known as the Venice of the North, Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was a justified motive that prompted UNESCO in 2000 to include the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage list. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. The wealth of museums is a striking image of this city’s stirring history. Bruges is also home to contemporary culture, such as the new Concert Hall, which is one of the most prominent music complexes in Flanders.