With just one evening to soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible, we headed straight for The Markt of Bruges. Sitting centrally at this main square is an ice rink, surrounded by Christmas market stalls. It took around an hour to enjoy a couple of drinks and wander around the cobbled circle, after which we set off to explore the rest of Bruges, passing the 13th-century Belfry (with 83m tower with panoramic views) on our way. And that's when things really became magical!
As we all know, this girl loves Bruges (most recently popping there for my birthday in the summertime), but seeing the quiet side alleys and still canals by night and surrounded by Christmas lights was truly something else. You find yourself caught up in the romantic atmosphere, and not looking for the next sight or 'big thing' - instead simply enjoying the moment. And what could be better than that?
If you're planning a trip to Bruges, I can guarantee its beauty at any time of year. Though a Christmas visit isn't complete without a trip to the beautiful Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop, warm drinks enjoyed at the markets and a wander through the quiet cobbled streets taking you past the Dijver Canal - where you can admire the sight of the (famous) weeping willow hanging over illuminated waters!