A medieval village that makes you feel as though you have walked into a fairytale. Hilarious British movies with the same name aside, this quaint town is full of fun activities and sites to see. Stroll along picturesque canals while munching on sugar-coated Belgian waffles and take in historical Flemish Belgium. Towering buildings and cobblestone pathways, Bruges is a true European dream.

A beautiful and culturally rich town in Belgium, and also famous cinematically for the classic comedy *In Bruges*. Visit Bruges for a truly cozy Christmas, with Christmas markets equipped with Belgian waffles and mulled wine and the best hot chocolate in the world. Bruges has comfort food, Christmas spirit, and scenic displays all covered on your wintertime checklist.

Christmas Markets, medieval architecture, and historic canals, this UNESCO World Heritage site is high on my list of places to visit in the winter. Since Belgium is known for spectacular chocolate, warming up with a hot chocolate at one of the many cafes is a must!

Home to one of Europe’s most magical Christmas markets, Bruges (also spelt “Brugge”) is an must-visit spot if you’re a lover of the holiday season. Once you’ve had your fill of Belgian waffles and Gluhwein, wander up to the top of the Belfry for spectacular views of the city— it’s worth every one of the 366 steps. On your way to the Chocolate Museum you’ll pass plenty of canals and cobbled streets, while the Gruuthuse Hof restaurant (one of the oldest in the area) will provide the backdrop for an authentic dinner. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, head to the Chocolate Cafe and feast your eyes (and your stomach) upon the extensive hot chocolate menu. If you find yourself falling in love with Belgian architecture and festive markets, hop on a train to nearby Ghent: a university town offering more beautiful sights a mere 25 minutes away. 

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