When it comes to winter there’s nothing more festive then a Christmas Market, unless of course that Christmas Market means a weekend away in Brugges.
Having arrived at our accommodation, Hotel de Medici Friday night we were pleased that we had the whole of Saturday to explore the town.
Our Hotel overlooked the canal and outside the cobbled streets wound their way in every direction.
There were various a shops on route and all of them had very festive window displays. Here’s some pictures below…
It was only about a 10 minute walk to the town square where the market stood.
Towered over the market square stands the Blefry of Bruges.
Here are a few interesting facts:
– The medieval tower was built in 1240.
– It used to be home to the treasury and the city’s archives, until a fire destroyed them in 1280.
– It was also used as an observation post.
– There are providing 366 steps to the top.
– There are a total of 47 bells in the tower which chime at various times of the day (as most bells do) but these bells also chime Christmas melodies to the people exploring the markets below.
The markets of course had plenty of stalls selling a variety of trinkets, decorations, snow globes, hats scarves gloves, bags amd any other kind of present you could think of.
And tasty treats ranging from waffles, bratwurst, fries, hot chocolate and mulled wine to name a few.
Not to mention the ice rink amd horse & carriage rides have proven to be popular.
Cobbled streets, amazing architecture, ice rink, festive snacks and Christmassy trinkets, what more could we ask for?
After a full day of shopping and exploring, we found ourselves taking a stroll to Delaneys Irish Bar and enjoyed live music and a few ciders.
All in all a great way to spend the weekend admiring the Christmas lights in the cobbled streets.
The next morning we decided to head to The Historium for a hot chocolate and to take in the views of the square from above.
And of course we had a bratwurst before we headed home.
Have you been to any Christmas Markets this year? Do you have a favourite? Would be Inretested to hear your experience.
Thanks for reading, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!