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Prettiest areas

Green Point...
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Prettiest areas

We have got accomm sorry. Just want to know the prettiest (trendy) areas to visit. We love lots of greenery and water.

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Champlon, Belgium
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1. Re: Prettiest areas

Just visit the areas that are spoiled by being overwhelmed by tourists, the rest of Brugge isn't pretty anyway.

Quorn, United...
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2. Re: Prettiest areas

Because - that’s a nice helpful answer. Care to elaborate?

Quorn, United...
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3. Re: Prettiest areas

*Becasse

Manchester, United...
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4. Re: Prettiest areas

Ignore that nonsense.

Early morning and evening can be nice and quiet.

The old town has many pretty sites which you’ll come across whilst meandering around.

Download a self guided walking tour, or get one from the tourist office or a guidebook and you can’t go wrong

Birmingham, United...
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5. Re: Prettiest areas

Central brugge is pretty and picturesque , water in the form of its canal system will not take much finding.

Atb steve

Bruges, Belgium
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6. Re: Prettiest areas

Next to the typical tourist sites there are some very beautiful places often overlooked by most tourists, and places we as locals really cherish:

What most tourist overlook is the moat around bruges, with a great walking path just next to the water, with lots of trees and greenery, passing some of the old gates, the small local harbor, and the windmills. You can start from the side close to the station. Coming from the train station, cross the road in front of the station square, and go into 'Westmeers'. Immediately after passing the first bridge, turn right and follow the water. A little further you come at the 'Minnewater' (lake of love). Go straight by crossing the bridge, and follow this beautiful walking path next to the moat (canal) around Bruges. You will pass the 'Gentpoort' (old city gate), a bit further the walking bridge is for the moment under repair, so here you have to take the next bridge behind the harbor, and come back at the other side. Continue following the walking path next to the water until you reach the 'Kruispoort' (old city gate). Here you follow the path further and pass four windmills. After the fourth windmill, you can turn right and follow the canal into the centre following the 'Potterierei'. A very picturesque walk, with lots of places to have a picnic, in between the windmills is a perfect picnic spot if the weather allows.

There are two beautiful parks worth visiting: the 'Minnewaterpark' ( you pass in on to your left after the bridge over the Minnewater) and the 'Astridpark', (close to the fish market), with beautiful houses around it, and both parks are also great picnic spots.

A very romantic spot is the little bridge 'Bonifaciusbridge' behind the church of our Lady, between 'Gruuthuuse' palace and the Groeningemuseum.

The Sint-Anna quarter of Bruges is also worth visiting, it is close to the windmills: the area around the 'Jeruzalemchurch', 'Balstraat', 'Rolweg' and 'Sint-Anna church'. It is a very quiet area with many typical small houses, an area mostly overlooked by tourists. The Jeruzalemchurch with the lace museum next to it and some almshouses are well worth the visit.

Last tip: visit some of the almshouses, places built in the middle ages for the poor, where today the most needed are still housed. The white houses are all built around picturesque gardens and those inner gardens are open for visit. You find some nice examples in 'Nieuwe Gentweg' : The Meulenaere Hospice and Hospice St. Joseph, in the 'Stijn Streuvelstraat': Almshouse Paruitte and Schippers, you can find more on this site: https:/…godshuizen-almshouses

I wrote some blogs about picnic spots and two blogs on bicycle routes: https://chefmaison.org/?s=picnic%2C+brugge&submit=Zoeken

Hope this helps!!

Bruges, Belgium
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7. Re: Prettiest areas

I just see I wrote a mistake: you have to turn 'LEFT' after the four windmills to go along the 'Potterierei into the centre.

Green Point...
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8. Re: Prettiest areas

Thank you so much for taking the time to give me all that comprehensive infomation. We know the Bonifacius name well and are very interested seeing or learning about it's connection with Bruges as well.

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