Belgium, the name itself conjures up images of decadent morsels of chocolate, and Bruges, one of the larger cities of the country is not far from that. The cobblestoned, winding streets of the city, which is also referred to as “the Venice of the North” are home to several chocolate shops, which also offer samples! Imagine that! There are canals that crisscross the city, little bridges connecting different areas, making it all look like the backdrop for a fairy tale, with a happy ending. On a more realistic note, this beautiful city is popular among honeymooners as well as pensioners for its many attractions, great accommodation options as well as superb shopping opportunities. Major attractions include a canal tour, a visit to the Chocolate Museum, the Historic Centre of Brugge, as well as the Benedictine Convent Beguinage. There are several magnificent churches and a beautiful lake to spend time at, along with the city’s Markt to buy souvenirs.
Accommodation comprises several historic hotels, simple bed and breakfasts, and simpler boutique hotels in Bruges. The Hotel De Orangerie is favored by many thanks to their superb amenities, as well as aesthetic décor. The décor is reminiscent of a local’s home, comfortable and cozy! The Oud Huis de Peellaert is also a popular hotel in Bruges, and very closely resembles a chalet with its sloping roofs and wide shuttered windows. Most of the hotels in Bruges strive to offer their guests an authentic stay, and they do succeed.