Bruges (aka Brugge) is a tour destination city on Scheldt River cruises visiting Ghent, Belgium. These European river cruise deals are inclusive of the bus travel between Ghent and Bruges - one of the oldest towns in Flanders. Among the excursion's highlights are the city walks visiting the Church of Our Lady (with the Madonna and Child sculpture made by Michelangelo), the Beguinage courtyard (inhabited by nuns), the town’s network of river canals. The most famous landmark is Bruges' 13th-century belfry, which houses a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells. Bruges still employs full-time carillonneur, giving free concerts on a regular basis.
Bruges is the largest city and capital of the West Flanders province in the Flemish Region of Belgium. The area of the whole city is more than 13,840 ha, including 1,075 ha off the coast, at Zeebrugge (meaning "Bruges on Sea"). Bruges' historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is oval and around 430 ha in size. The total population is 117,070 (as of January 2008), of whom about 20,000 live in the city centre. Bruges' metropolitan area covers an area of 616 km2 (238 ml2) and has a total of 255,840 inhabitants as of January 2008.
Along with several other canal-based northern cities, like Stockholm and Amsterdam, Bruges is often referred to as "The Venice of the North". It has a significant economic importance due to its port and was once the world's chief commercial city. Bruges is famous as the seat of College of Europe, elite university institute for European studies, "the EU's very own Oxbridge".
The Bruges cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Bruges, Belgium.
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