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Bruges is known as a medieval city brimming with extraordinary charm, but what happens when the snow starts to fall and the ‘Venice of the North’ unboxes its Christmas lights? We take a look at what comes about when Bruges dons its winter jacket.
Pictured below is the Grote Markt, the main square that bathes in warm lights as soon as the sky grows darker.
It’s also the location of Bruges’ charming Christmas stalls, along with the Simon Stevinplein and the Minnewater, for five glorious weeks.
And the holiday cheer doesn’t stop there. Bruges and its inhabitants get a special kick out of embracing the Yuletide joy with as many decorations as they can conjure up.
After the holidays, winter walks in Bruges are still guaranteed to provide stunning scenery. Even with barren trees, the Minnewater park, lake, and bridge – one of the city’s picturesque nature sites – still look like this.
And the béguinage (or ‘begijnhof’ in Dutch) delivers an almost eerie sense of peace and quiet.
Visitors can brave the cold underneath a blanket as they explore the postcard-perfect town the old-fashioned way, in a horse-drawn carriage.