I promise - you will not be disappointed.
The only downside is that this town is not so secret any more. Everyone seems to know about it. The town's charm draws over 2 million visitors per year, especially in the summer months. We visited in early May, and while busy, I didn't find it overwhelming.
Bruges offers plenty to see/do/experience. For those who love museums, there are over 30 to explore, ranging from art (including a Salvadore Dali exhibit) to history, a torture museum and, on the "lighter" side, beer and chocolate. We didn't have time to go through the museums, but a quick peek into the beer museum looked quite interesting, as did the history museum.
Being in Belgium, Bruges of course shows off its specialties very well. The lace was beautiful (although I didn't look close enough to make sure it was really from Belgium). Chocolates shops and waffles were plentiful, and a "quality" check confirmed just how tasty they really are.
I've always known that the "mussels in Brussels" are quite good. The same can be said for the mussels in Bruges. Fresh and delicious, if that's your thing.
Equally fun was walking through the farmer's market that was set up in the city center square. The fresh fruits and vegetables looked delicious, the pate inviting, but I wonder why the nougat stand had the longest lines?
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