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Best things to do and see in Bruges
Bruges is one of the main cities of Belgium and the capital of the West Flanders part, located in the northwestern part of the country. It stands out mainly for its canals, being classified by many as the Venice of the North, with permission from Amsterdam. In addition, one of its hallmarks is its medieval buildings that make you can imagine several centuries ago with its cobbled streets, highlighting the bell tower (Belfort) dating from the thirteenth century with more than 80 meters high that is close to the Markt Square. The port of the city, Zeebrugge, is considered an important focus of trade at European level as well as a very favorable place for fishing activity. Belgian cuisine stands out above all for its chocolates, as well as its fries (they don't make them the same anywhere else in the world).
The already mentioned Grote Markt square located in the most central part of the city, as well as the Church of Our Lady (Vrouwekerk) and the dock of the Rosary bathed by the Dijver, possibly the most important channel in the area, stand out as essential places in Bruges . Other points of interest that are also worth visiting are the Minnewater Park (Lake of Love) south of the old town, the Burg Square which has the presence of some of the emblematic buildings such as the Town Hall (Stadhuis), the Palace of Justice or the Basilica of the Holy Blood, another place you should visit is Begijnhof (the Beatoria of Belgium were declared a World Heritage Site) near the Minnewater park. And you shouldn't leave without first seeing the two most prominent museums: Groeninge and Memling as well as the Cathedral of San Salvador.
In the case that it is your first visit to Bruges, it is highly recommended that you do a free tour with a local guide to help you locate the most important places in the city. In fact, in addition to seeing and listening to the history behind the monuments, buildings, streets and canals, they will also advise you on where to eat, how to get around or what areas are worth visiting beyond the old town.
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