I feel privileged to have visited Bruges at a time when tourism is down 30% to 50%. There were no lines a popular sites and restaurants are fighting for customers with delicious full meal specials. At the same time my heart goes out to the Belgian people dependent on tourism. If you are wondering whether to cancel a planned trip--don't.
I am sitting in Chicago right awaiting my flight for my holland/Belgium 11 day rs tour starting on wednesday.
Flying into Amsterdam then taking the train to Brussels tomorrow on sunday. Cant wait until the adventure begins
Yes! I so agree! Bruges is one of my favorite places in Europe, so beautiful! Why is the tourism down? Same as other places, fearful people? Just wondering. Anything can happen anywhere, won't let it stop me from traveling! Can't wait to go back one of these days... :0)
2 years ago we made the decision to go there on the flight across the Atlantic. We booked 2 nights when we arrived in town from the train station, then booked 2 more nights at another property. I went back last year for another 3 nights. I love pretty much everything about that town. As a beer connoisseur there really is no place like it. Canals, bikes, and beer...it's a place where I'm never disappointed.
I also love Brugge. Nice market at Christmas.
We spent a weekend there 10 years ago in August. It was wonderful even though it rained and I was freezing cold. Hands down the best chocolate I have ever had. I wish I knew the name of the place, it was in Rick's book, just a small shop. I remember eating chocolate while riding around the canals, beautiful. No one was there then either.