City Guide: Bruges, Belgium
Called the “Venice of the north,” Bruges has a network of picturesque canals and preserved medieval charm that make it a must-see for couples in love. A center of trade in the Middle Ages, Bruges is now home to some of the finest beer, sausages and chocolate in Europe. What’s not to love?!
What to do: Take a cruise around the canals and learn about the fascinating history of Bruges. Climb the Belfry tower and take in panoramic views of the city. Enjoy waffles, chocolate and beer (not all at once!) in the many quaint cafes surrounding the Grote Markt. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or just walk hand-in-hand around the cobbled lanes.
Where to stay: Get the Royal Treatment in Kempinski Hotel Dukes’ Palace, the 15th-century residence of the former Dukes of Burgundy. Choose from one of the palatial rooms and suites–some are even heritage-listed—and spend a day relaxing in the gardens or the spa. Rooms start from €128 and include marble bathrooms and 300-count cotton sheets.
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