Bruges, Belgium

Trip to Bruges- Belgium

Trip to Bruges- Belgium

View of the Dijver canal in Burges, Belgium
View of the Dijver canal in Burges, Belgium

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.

Tourists on a boat cruising the Dijver canal in Burges, Belgium
Tourists on a boat cruising the Dijver canal in Burges, Belgium

The area of the whole city amounts to more than 13,840 hectares, including 1,075 hectares off the coast, at Zeebrugge (from Brugge aan zee meaning “Bruges on Sea”. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

Tourists at the Market Square in Bruges, Belgium
Tourists at the Market Square in Bruges, Belgium

It is oval-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. The city’s total population is 117,073 (1 January 2008), of whom around 20,000 live in the city centre. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 616 km2 (238 sq mi) and has a total of 255,844 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008.

The Belfry of Burges - Burges, Belgium
The Belfry of Burges – Burges, Belgium

Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam and Stockholm, it is sometimes referred to as “The Venice of the North”. Bruges has a significant economic importance thanks to its port. At one time, it was considered the “chief commercial city” of the world. “Rise, fall and resurrection make up the life story of Bruges, a city that glittered in Northern Europe with as much panache as Venice did in the Mediterranean World

2 thoughts on “Trip to Bruges- Belgium

    1. Dear Becky, thanks for taking time to comment on my blog. I have not been to Belfry tower, but, I hope that I will be there once in my life. I have also visited to your blog. It is so lovely and informative.

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