This prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest city and the capital in the province of West Flanders in Belgium. 20,000 people alone live in the city center with almost 120,000 in the whole city. It is often called the Venice of the North due to its massive canal system that draws in even more visitors every year. It is also a chief commercial city of the world due to its seaport, making it crucial to Belgium's GDP. Recent years have seen major restoration for many of the historical churches and other sites adding to its appeal around the world.
Location: In Northwestern Belgium, Right on the Coast
This capital city is located in the north-western part of Belgium, putting it right on the coast of the North Sea. The whole city spans over 13,000 hectares, with over 1,000 located off the coast. Because of the area it spans, its geography varies with grass fields and willow trees dominating the south and oceanic climate in the north. The whole city has canals running through it much like other romantic cities.
Business: Economic Powerhouse for West Flanders
The port has historically made it crucial to the economy of not just the province of West Flanders, but of the whole country of Belgium. Today, its industries remain important to everyone. Most residents are employed in the manufacturing industry, the main items being textile, furniture, machinery, and food. Its workforce is also highly educated with access to large spending in education.
Culture: Theatre, Music, and Museums
Medieval history is present anywhere you look in the beautiful city with most of the original architecture intact, and many sites have been turned into museums. There are also many unique museums, such as Historium Brugge commemorating the Golden Age with a wonderful performance. Music is an important part of culture as well with dozens of festivals each year and concert halls for those with a more classical taste. The Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Belfry, and the City Hall are only some of the most popular photo motifs.
Activities: Romantic Trips and Fantastic Sites
Magically green parks, beautiful castle courtyards, and bike rides through the historic town center are just a few of the things that make Bruges a romantic getaway for many. It has begun to rival Venice, Rome, and Paris with its seaside views and winding canals. There is always something amazing to see and learn for the whole family with archaeological evidence of a history dating back to the Iron Age, which is also what draws history buffs from around the world.