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Bruges, a City of Historic Medieval Feel

Bruges, a City of Historic Medieval Feel

Bruges offers one of the most unique experiences in Europe and listed below are some of the reasons why. Before visiting the city, make sure you have your trusty Bruges Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map.

Like Living in a Fairytale

Bruges looks and feels out of this world, like a place out of a Disney storybook mainly because most of the city has remained unchanged through the centuries. It still has its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and swirling canals. Many of the buildings have also remained the same, still sporting architecture from hundreds of years ago. The city being fairly small also means you can do all your exploration on foot.

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Captivating Canals

Bruges’ fascinating winding canals earned it the nickname of “Venice of the North”. The waterways also make exploring the city through canal boat rides. Many boat operators are also quite knowledgeable Bruges’ history so they can teach you a lot during the boat ride. Just keep in mind that canal boat riding is a favorite activity of tourists visiting the city so it is better to go on one in the morning to avoid long queues.

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Tasty Chocolate

Bruges has numerous chocolate shops and all of them sell high quality, authentic chocolate. Many of them also use their own original recipes so their chocolates cannot be found anywhere else. Some even offer sample boxes for tourists who want to have a free taste. The most famous chocolate box is probably the one sold by Chocolatier Dumon.

Different Beers

Beer is a mainstay of life in Bruges. Aside from beerhouses, almost all restaurants and eateries also serve and extensive assortment of beers. One of the city’s most infamous booze is the Pauwel Kwak which is served in a tall, funnel-like cup and is known for its unique crisp taste. If you want to visit just one beerhouse, the 2be makes a great choice since it has one of the largest collections of beers in the city.

Calm Atmosphere

Unlike most European cities that are noisy and fast paced, Bruges is serene and calm. Most of the activity is on the town square. The rest of the city is as laid back as most rural towns. Bikes and walking are the main modes of transportation and most establishments close early.

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Top 6 Reasons to Visit Geneva, One of the Greatest Urban Locations in the World

Top 6 Reasons to Visit Geneva, One of the Greatest Urban Locations in the World

Geneva lies literally on the French border, occupying the westernmost corner of Switzerland. It has the Alps on one side and the Lake Geneva on the other. Here are a few reasons to visit Geneva. Check out the Geneva Travel Guide and Offline City Street Map for more detailed information. World’s Best Watches

Many of the world’s best watchmakers are in Switzerland and no other location has more of them than Geneva. If you want to go shopping for watches there is no better place to go. Some of the great watch houses even have their own museums. Some of the most popular watch brands based in Geneva are:

  • Patek Philippe
  • Breguet
  • Rolex
  • Vacheron Constantin
Geneva Rolex Watch
Geneva Rolex Watch

Authentic Swiss Chocolate

Geneva also houses boutiques from the most famous chocolate producers in the world many of which offer tours around their factories. Some such chocolate makers include:

  • Teuscher, La Maison du Cacao
  • Zogg
  • Chocolaterie des Bergues
  • Stettler
  • Auer
  • Chocolaterie du Rhone

Museum of Art and History

The Musées d’Art et d’Histoire is considered by many as the country’s national museum due to its unparalleled collection of literary works, artworks, and historical artifacts. On one floor you will find an abundance of French sculptures and on another floor an Egyptian mummy carbon dated to have been buried around 9th century BC.

The Infamous Jet of Water

The Jet d’Eau is the official symbol of Geneva. It is simply a natural wonder. The spray can tower up to a remarkable 450 feet (137 meters). Water gets sprayed so high up in the air that you can see it from anywhere along the lakefront.

Geneva amazing Jet of Water
Geneva amazing Jet of Water

The Red Cross headquarters

Ever wondered why the original emblem of the International Red Cross looks like a color-reversed version of the Swiss flag? Well, that is because the organization is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The base also houses one of the most famous museums in the continent.

Lake Geneva Cruise

Experience the best view of Geneva and the surrounding regions by going on a boat cruise on the colossal Lake Geneva. Several towns on the Swiss side and the southern French Coast have boats departing regularly.

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