19 Photos To Make You Fall In Love With Bruges' Winter Charm

© GagliardiImages/Shutterstock
© GagliardiImages/Shutterstock
Photo of Nana Van De Poel
7 December 2016

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.

The Grote Markt during the day | © Rod-20/Flickr
Grote Markt | © Richard Barrett-Small/Flickr
Grote Markt | © Rod-20/Flickr

It’s also the location of Bruges’ charming Christmas stalls, along with the Simon Stevinplein and the Minnewater, for five glorious weeks.

Christmas market | © Jan D'Hondt/courtesy of Toerisme Brugge
Christmas market | © Jan D'Hondt/courtesy of Toerisme Brugge
Ice skating on the Grote Markt | © Jan d'honda/courtesy of Toerisme Brugge

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.

Christmas decorations | © Rod-20/Flickr
Nativity scene | © Rod-20/Flickr
Christmas tree out of lights | © Shaun Dunhill/Flickr
Burg square | © Simon Caulton/Flickr

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.

Minnewater | Public Domain/Pixabay
Minnewater | © Jan D'Hondt / courtesy of Toerisme Brugge
Minnewater | © Richard Barrett-Small/Flickr

And the béguinage (or ‘begijnhof’ in Dutch) delivers an almost eerie sense of peace and quiet.

Beguinage | © Jan Darthet/courtesy of Toerisme Brugge
Beguinage | © Jan Darthet/courtesy of Toerisme Brugge

Visitors can brave the cold underneath a blanket as they explore the postcard-perfect town the old-fashioned way, in a horse-drawn carriage.

Horse and carriage | Public domain/Pixabay
Horses and carriages on the Grote Markt | © Richard Barrett-Small/Flickr

Or they can take refuge in quaint living room-style pubs like ‘t Brugs Beertje (the little Bruges Bear) and the oldest bar in town, Café Vlissinghe.

't Brugs Beertje | © TravelingOtter / Flickr
Café Vlissinghe | © Marc Ryckaert/WikiCommons

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