Bruges is suspected to be named after the old Dutch word for bridge, which makes sense as this city has over 80 of them. Remote workers in search of coliving spaces find great beauty in one of the world's best-preserved Medieval towns.
Bruges is known for its beautiful old buildings and the architecture that comes with it. There’s even a free walking tour to learn about them. It is also home to 50 of the 470 castles in the region. Don’t try to do much on a Sunday because nearly everything is closed.
With only 30 minutes to get across town on foot, Bruges is one of the most walkable cities. Getting around by bike can be faster, but there are many pedestrian-only streets so walking is the best option. You can catch a taxi but driving is not recommended unless you have experience driving extremely narrow streets. Busses exist but are primarily used for transport to the train station. The country is well linked up with trains to Brussels taking only 80 minutes.
Summers are warm generally around the mid-70s during the day, while winters are cold, a bit above freezing in the high 30s and low 40s. The sunniest months are in summer while the most precipitation falls in winter, a mix of rain and snow.
Remote workers who are also foodies love finding a coliving space here. Home of the french fry, they are easily a must-try - Bruges even has a bar dedicated to potatoes. Some of the world’s best chocolate comes from Belgium and you can certainly find local producers in town. The city even has a specialty beer called ‘brugse zot’ - a beer only made in Bruges.
Here are some fun facts about Bruges:
- Bruges is apparently haunted by ghosts
- The Bruges superhighway system is the only man-made structure you can see from the moon
- The city’s official mascot is the swan
- The city was occupied by the Germans in both world wars but was astoundingly spared destruction both times.