Senior Citizens Visit Bruges

Jun 24th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country. Due to all the canals, it is known as the Venice of the North and these make Bruges one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was a justified motive that prompted UNESCO in 2000 to include the entire historical city center 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 current city boundaries still coincide exactly with those of the medieval city center, and the spaces and structures that were so typical of Bruges in the past have been preserved. Bruges is a fantastic preserved medieval city, divided by many canals. But unlike any other European city, Bruges is unique, and the town authorities do the utmost to preserve the medieval-looking image of the city.

Let’s start off with the “Ten Musts” in Bruges that are highly recommended. Bruges is renowned for its very rich cultural heritage, its world-class museums, fascinating events, a cozy pleasant overall atmosphere and for its shopping and dining facilities. The wealth of museums is a striking image of this city’s stirring history. The restaurants in Bruges which offer gastronomic cuisine and the exclusive hotels are a true feast for those who enjoy the good things in life.

45.000 people live in the old center of Bruges (120.000 if you count the suburbs). Many senior tourists take day-trips to Bruges, but there is too much to see here to fill only one day. Bruges is located 20 km from the Belgian coast and directly between Amsterdam and Paris. Brussels is 1 hour away by train, and new  train and ferry links connect to London. It is suggested that the best way to visit Bruges is to spend at least one night in one of the many beautiful and cozy hotels or a B&B. One of the great charms of the museum collection of the City of Bruges is its splendid diversity: from the Flemish Primitives to contemporary art, from classic ‘fine arts’ to archaeological finds, furniture, silver, folklore… In short, something for everyone!

As usual here I go to TripAdvisor for additional information to keep seniors fully advised. The Historic Center has to be a major highlight.  One tourist wrote…“Spend more than one day, and you’ll start to find your own favorite nooks and crannies in this wonderful, enchanted town. Make sure you find Papa Peter’s waffle cart. Order a Liege Waffle. They’re among life’s greatest pleasures.” This is a city that defies classification. This art city has earned its fame in Europe through its impressive cultural heritage. Its medieval street pattern, meandering canals and green ramparts enthrall many senior visitors each year! And, by the way…do take one of the canal tours and a few extra memory cards for the hundreds of photos you will want to share with friends when you return home.  jeb



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