By Leanne M. Wandoff
Brugge
Belgium
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Cozily situated in northwestern Belgium, Brugge has served as an important port for the region. With origins dating back to the first century BC, the city of Brugge received its official charter in 1128 AD. It was in the twelfth century when a wool market, a woolens weaving industry and a market for cloth that the fibers of what is modern-day Brugge began. 
   
EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders -- in the Flemish Region of Belgium. The most direct route to the city is via the Brussels International Airport (BRU), which is about an hour away by rail or automobile. Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com: To do so, please follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, when booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, please refer to our top selections of hotels in the Brugge city center for assistance with finding accommodations. Then click on this link to book with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Our top selection for hotels in the city is the Crowne Plaza.

Upon your arrival in Brugge, there is a long list of sites, activities and nightlife for visitors. To begin your tour, EscapeWizard.com suggests getting acquainted with the city through its arteries. Discover secret gardens, picturesque bridges and plenty of medieval architecture while traversing the scenes in the traditional way, by boat, in this canal-based city. Brugge, along with a few other northern cities is often referred to as the “Venice of the North.”

Having most of its medieval architecture in tact, the sights are plenty in Brugge. While most of the structures are noteworthy, it’s the Church of Our Lady, boasting a brick spire that reaches more than 400 feet heavenward, which is on of the world’s highest brick towers/buildings. Additionally, the church is also home to Michelagnelo’s Madonna and Child sculpture, believed to be the only sculpture to leave Italy within his lifetime. Continue on toward the ringing of 47 bells to the thirteenth century belfry; the Beguinage, Basilica of the Holy Blood; Old St. John’s Hospital; Saint Salvator’s Cathedral; City Hall; and Provincial Court. Of course, those seeking medieval thrills should not miss the Burg, one of the city’s handsomest squares, or the fourteenth century city hall, which is one of the oldest in the Low Countries.

Due to Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy, setting up court in Brugge, the city became very attractive to artists, bankers and other prominent people of Europe. Regarding the artists, it’s at this time when the new Flemish-school, oil-painting techniques gained wide acclaim.  EscapeWizard.com encourages visitors to view these world-famous collections as well as contemporary art at the Groeninge Museum, Brugge Museum, Arents House and Forum to name a few.

No trip to Brugge would be complete without generously sampling would famous chocolate and waffles. EscapeWizard.com recommends the Triple Treat mini-bus tour where guests will discover the Belgian delights touring the Flemish countryside. There travelers will find Chocolate World, two grand castles, delicious waffles, a chocolate factory and become acquainted with belgian beers. Those wishing to take in a more recent part of history can tour the WWI Battlefields which includes visits to Passendale, Hill 60, underground dugouts, abandoned trenches, bunkers and craters, Menin Gate at Ypres as well act memorials to British and Empire troops.

While quaint Brugge does not boast the raucous haunts typically found in larger cities, it does have a host of lovely establishments to dine and many cafe-bars to sample Belgian beers and take in the city lights. Here at EscapeWizard.com, we recommend grabbing the latest copy of Brugge around the Clock pamphlet upon entering the city. The pamphlet has an extensive listing of events as well as detailing some of the best pubs, bars and nightclubs.

Whether you’re seeking some of the finest lace available, exquisite chocolate or amazing architecture, EscapeWizard.com can promise you that Brugge is ideal for all aspects of life. Most sites are easily accessible on foot or city bus. Just click the link above and book your next vacation to beautiful Brugge, Belgium with EscapeWizard.com.

Hotels in Brugge
By Adam J. Mohney
Crowne Plaza
Burg 10 Brugge, Belgium
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EscapeWizard.com invites you enjoy the comforts of home as you venture through beautiful Belgium by booking the luxurious Crowne Plaza Hotel-Brugge. Located in the heart of downtown of the old city Brugge, Belgium, Crowne Plaza Hotel-Brugge offers its guests premium amenities and comfort throughout their stay.

Local attractions include the 10th century city wall, 12th century Roman Choir, Belfry and Halles and the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Also nearby is an accessible beach, the gorgeous canals of Brugge and several area museums and history centers.

The 96 guest rooms at Crowne Plaza Hotel-Brugge include a tea and coffeemaker and minibar to get the day started or the night ended right. Rooms also include a television, free wireless internet access, a work desk, phone with voicemail capabilities, a hairdryer and ironing supplies. Guests arriving by car may also park on-site for a fee.

EscapeWizard.com guests booking the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Brugge will appreciate the recently updated fitness center throughout their stay. These facilities include a heated pool, sauna and fitness center, open from 5:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. each day. International travelers can also make use of the multilingual staff and currency exchange offered by the hotel.

Crowne Plaza Hotel-Brugge offers EscapeWizard.com guests the finest Belgian cuisine and seasonal outdoor dining in the beautiful Brugge streets. The De Linde offers a wide selection of Belgian beers and specialty dishes, including lobster. The full-service restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Also on site is The Bar, which opens at 5 p.m. and features an array of cocktails and beers. For guests wishing to remain in the comforts of their Crowne Plaza room, 24-hour room service is also provided by the hotel.

An adventure in the historic streets of Brugge, Belgium is only a few clicks away. EscapeWizard.com invites you enjoy the beautiful streets, canals and architecture of Brugge, Belgium, which dates over 1,000 years. Get started by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).