Bruges: beer, mussels and chips & nbsp; fried
August 23, 2018 - Few cities in Europe can be compared to Bruges, the most romantic city on the continent. Located a few steps from Brussels, Bruges seems to have come out of a fairy tale, especially at night, when it empties from tourists and brings out its medieval part, which it still preserves intact. The brick houses, the bell towers, the old bridges, the cobblestone streets and the canals that run through the city: here's what to see in Bruges, an enchanted city.
The city of Bruges is full of extraordinary corners but one of the most beautiful spots is the Market Square, the so-called Grote Markt. During the Middle Ages, it was the point where the commerce of the city developed, today it is the center and the point of greatest tourist interest. Here you can see the typical colored houses with a pointed roof. Once they were the headquarters of the corporations, while now there are numerous cafes and restaurants.
Here we also find the Palace of Justice and the Belfort, the symbolic tower of Bruges, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Going up the 366 steps you reach the bell tower, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view over the whole city.
In reality, the most beautiful view is the one seen from the balcony of the bar of the Historium Museum, considered the most incredible view of Bruges.
Very close to Grote Markt is Burg, one of the city's main squares. Here, in addition to the beautiful Gothic town hall, we find the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which houses a sacred relic: a fragment of the fabric used by Joseph of Arimatea to dry the blood of Christ after the crucifixion.
Also known as the "Church of Michelangelo", the Church of Our Lady is a splendid example of Flemish art. Inside, the Madonna of Bruges is preserved, a sculpture by Michelangelo in Carrara marble, the only work by the artist in Belgium. The statue was purchased in 1506 by the Mouscron family, when Michelangelo was still alive.
The Groening Museum, also known as the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, contains most of the works of art from the 15th to the 20th century by artists who lived in Bruges. Masterpieces by Flemish authors such as Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling and Hugo van der Goes and also paintings of Flemish expressionism and post-war works.
The Memling Museum, on the other hand, housed in the old hospital complex of San Giovanni, is the hospital and ancient pharmacy museum. Here are stored furniture, documents and medical instruments that relate to the history of the hospital. In the chapel, numerous works by the great Flemish painter Hans Memling, including the Teca di Santa Orsola, a wooden casket containing the relics of the saint.
Not far from the center, there is the Begijnhof, the Beguinage of the Bruges vineyard, a very quiet area where you can enjoy peace and relaxation even in high season. Originally it was a convent, where pious, often widowed women lived, who decided to devote themselves to God.
Not only culture, Bruges is also famous for its chocolate and fries museum. Indeed, these two foods are among the most representative of the local gastronomic culture. The chips are served with dozens of different sauces, including the most tasty Belgian mayonnaise. Chips accompany another of the specialties of Bruges: mussels. Often, in fact, the two dishes are served together (le Moules et frites).
You cannot leave Bruges without having tried at least two or three types of Belgian beer. First, a visit to a brewery and the De Halve Maan museum, to enter the right atmosphere. The brewery, founded in 1856 and completely renovated in 2005, is located in the center and can be reached on foot.
Belgium is one of the eleven countries where Trappist beers are produced, the beers produced by the Trappist monks, which use the revenues from sales for the maintenance of the monastery. In Belgium there are six abbeys where Trappist beer is produced and beer lovers cannot but visit at least one.