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Unusual mix of darkness and beauty

Lost in time – that’s how you feel in the heart of Bruges, Europe’s best preserved medieval city. This is a dreamy city that could convert the most modern poet into a romantic: nothing upsets the peace and equilibrium of this medieval destination - no high rises, rare neon lights and hardly any blights of modern development. A waffle stall on every corner, romantic carriages on every street, and an airy main square with 47 chiming bells are just some of the city’s unique features.

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Famous A square surrounded by Bruges' oldest Renaissance buildings

A square surrounded by Bruges' oldest Renaissance buildings

Stay.com Editors' Note

The Burg is a public square a few feet away from the Markt in the center of Bruges. Surrounded by an array of beautiful and historic buildings, the square is a significant piece of Belgium’s history.

Here, Baldwin Iron Arm, Count of Flanders, built a fortified castle (or burg), around which the village which is now Bruges grew up.

Recently restored, the Oude Civiele Griffie (Old Civic Registry) is built beside the Town Hall, the oldest Renaissance facade in the city. Dating from the early to mid 16th Century, this building now houses the city archives. The buildings flanking on either side date from the mid 17th Century, and also represent milestones in architectural excellence in their own right. Finally, a superb bronze statue graces the square know only as “The Lovers.”

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Burg Square, Bruges