After visiting our friend Sam in Copenhagen we had three days before meeting up with my best friend in Paris. We researched the countries adjacent to Denmark and discovered a visit to Bruges, Belgium would be the perfect destination for a long weekend before continuing on to meet our friends in France.
As we drove into the historical center of Bruges, we were instantly charmed by the medieval homes and tree-lined canals glistening beneath the warm September sun. Bruges is the capital of West Flanders in the Flemish region of Belgium, and famous Flemish painters such as Hans Memling and Jan Van Eyek called Bruges home in the 15th century. The city center is a UNESCO world heritage site and the main square (called Markt) hosts festivities throughout the year, including a legendary Christmas market.
We stayed at Hotel Heritage, a beautiful family-owned property near the center that is best described as a jewel box, with richly painted doors and moulding, and chandeliers gracing every room – even the bedrooms. I truly felt like a princess during our stay, both due to the beautiful surroundings and the incredibly gracious hospitality of the staff, who made us feel like Hotel Heritage was our home. Be sure not to miss the sundeck on the top floor for incredible views and photos of Bruges’s signature stepped roof lines.