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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

insider tips

  • Brave the chill and visit during the winter months for the glistening Christmas markets.
  • Learn why chocolate is an aphrodisiac whilst taking an educational tour of Bruges’ Chocolate factory. Chocoholics should also join the queue at Chocolate Line, a specialty chocolate boutique or head to Spegelaere for its signature chocolate-covered marzipan 'grapes'.
  • Watch the day pass by over lunch outdoors at one of the Markt Square cafés.
  • For beer lovers, go shopping at any of the beer halls, beer retail stores or beer museums, including 2be.
  • Cruise the beautiful and charming canals on a boat tour.
  • new!   if you are thinking of visiting Bruges in summer, be mindful that the narrow streets are often 'chocked' with tourists.

what we think

You won’t need a map in Bruges – half the fun is getting lost in the narrow streets and the maze of canals. Bruges is enchanting, charming and thoroughly romantic. It is so quaint, it’s almost as though time has stopped and preserved this medieval town. For the culinary hedonist, it offers delicious chocolates, mouth-watering moules and frittes and the most extensive selection of beers in the world. Its main square is one of the most charming in Europe, especially when the Christmas markets are in full swing. Another reason to visit Bruges in the winter is to enjoy the traditional experience of ice-skating in the main square and rewarding your exercise with a cup of steaming mulled wine. Bruges is the most visited city in Belgium – once you’ve been there you will understand.