We spent two days in Bruges, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. A very important port in medieval times, Bruges lost access to the sea in the 16th century and with it its trading importance. Today it is a small city intersected by canals with a perfectly preserved old town. The most important sights are the 14th century Town Hall on Burg Square, the 18th century Provincial Court and the 13th century Bell tower on the Markt Square. A couple of impressive Gothic churches still stand today, together with the 11th century St. John’s Hospital. Most tourists visit Bruges as a day excursion from Brussels, so it’s kind of empty at night. You can walk about its streets and admire its charming buildings surrounded by silence. Yes, massive tourism can be avoided!