When I first think of Europe, a small charming village usually comes to my mind, something like the village you see in Beauty and the Beast if you know what I mean. After visiting capital cities after capital cities of the many close-knit countries in Europe, my personal notion of the typical European city completely changed. That is until I made an impromptu stop in this northern city in Belgium, a small touristic city called Bruges or Brugge locally.
Originally my plans were to spend an extra day in Brussels, but we decided that we had seen enough of Brussels and wanted to branch out to travel somewhere people don’t usually go. Don’t get me wrong, Bruges is an extremely popular tourist destinations and everything in the city is built around tourism, but there’s just something different about the charm of this city.
Bruges is the classical European city I’ve always imagined in my head, and I’m sure that I’m not alone. To say that this village is just “charming” would be an understatement.
Curious tourists from all over the world usually make a stop in Bruges when travelling to Brussels. We arrived by a 3-hour train ride directly from Brussels which is how most people get to the city. There is also a cruise port nearby where cruisers can come and go. Spending a day in Bruges is the perfect length of time. The moment we stepped off the trains we realized that this was not a typical city in Europe we’ve been used to visiting. You know, the cities like Paris, London, Berlin, Rome and the list goes on. Instead, this was different. Everything felt smaller, but not in an uninteresting way whatsoever.