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A visit to Bruges is akin to travelling back in time, to the charms of yesteryears. Soak in the slowness or indulge in some sweet, chocolaty sins!

Day 1

Arrive at timeless Bruges Square and kickstart your Belgian tryst with chocolaty indulgence at one of the best chocolateries in town – Olivier’s. Sample the assortment of homemade chocolates and warm yourself with a hot chocolate, while you admire the Belfry of Bruges, Belfort. The magnificent bell tower originally housed the treasury and municipal archives and served as a watch-tower. About 366 steps take you 83 metres high to splendid views of the city. Make sure to tinker with the carillon with its 47 melodious bells. Art aficionados must explore the Salvador Dali museum, with its rich collection of worldfamous art and sculptures – the largest collection of Dali’s works outside of Figureres.

It’s time for some lip-smacking food. Dig into Belgian-style Mussels or Frites while indulging in Europe’s favourite past time of people-watching! Post lunch, visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood. A flamboyant 16th century façade greets you to two holy chapels: the Romanesque Saint-Basiliuschapel and the (neo) gothic Holy Bloodchapel.

Perhaps, Bruges’ claim to fame is Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk or the Church of our Lady, with its 115 metres tall tower. Crowds throng here for a glimpse of Michelango’s masterpiece – a sculpture of the Madonna and Child carved in white marble, back in 1504.

As the dainty lights light up the square, enjoy a leisurely horse cart ride through the quaint streets, while doing some window-shopping on-the-go! Belgians are known to create beautiful, intricate lace-work, a great souvenir! A fitting end is a Belgian-style dinner with Waterzooi, a Flemish stew.

 

Day 2

Get set for some religious relics, with the SaintSalvator Cathedral dating back to the 12th-15th century. Explore key landmarks such as the late Gothic choir stalls, the Louis XVI -styled pulpit, the baroque rood loft with its impressive organ, the Saint Jacob chapel, and the paintings of the Flemish school. Step out to get some late afternoon fresh air, enjoy a boat-ride on the criss-crossing canals. At Rozenhoedkaai, enjoy hidden perspectives of the city by boat or feed the swans that float alongside.

End your last day on a sweet note at the ChocoStory, The Chocolate Museum. Learn about the Belgian speciality – world-class chocolatemaking! Take home some gooey goodness for your loved ones! For dinner, you can enjoy a sit-down meal at the famous Craenenburg in the Market Square, or devour classic Belgian waffles on the streets

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