Tourists keen to see a different side of Europe can experience living history first hand just 3.5 hours from London this spring. White Rooms in Bruges, the latest hospitality project by renowned interior designer Natalie Haegeman, is urging those planning a city break to look closer to home and discover living history up close and personal in the UNESCO world heritage site.
A postcard pretty medieval town, Bruges short breaks combine the best of old and new. There are 26 fine art museums to explore, each filled with treasures dating back hundreds of years, to the rich 15th century merchants who sailed to Bruges and filled majestic city palaces with priceless works of art. The imposing Sint-Salvatorskathedraal is a picture perfect old church, while even the hospital looks straight out of a set of a period drama.
Beautiful old buildings sit side by side with cobbled streets and miles of canals. There are also a handful of world heritage sites to explore; for anyone who plans to visit Bruges for a weekend break, the challenge may be deciding what to pack each day with. Must sees include the Belfort tower, the Procession of the Holy Blood in May which has taken place since 1304, the Stadhuis and charming whitewashed almshouses that dot the town.
Good restaurants in Bruges are plentiful and it is the ‘chocolate city par excellence’ meaning gourmets will also find a host of treasures to tempt their taste buds, whether staying for a few days or a longer mid-week break. There are more than 50 chocolatiers in Bruges, a chocolate museum charting the town’s love affair with the coco and chocolate back to Mayan times. Even the town’s own official chocolate has a lofty history, inspired by an unpopular 15th century emperor.
Exuding authentic charm and recently renovated by acclaimed interior designer Natalie Haegeman, guesthouses in Bruges don’t come any more historically inspired than White Rooms. A beautiful collection of two two bedroom apartments near the historic Market Square, White Rooms are ideally positioned for those who want to absorb all that the UNESCO world heritage site has to offer. Ms Haegeman said, “Bruges is without doubt one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in Europe. History lives and breathes around every corner, with centuries old buildings open to the public, ancient traditions upheld and a strong sense of legacy informing the food, exhibitions, art and even chocolate. It presents a unique perspective and is a city break with a difference. If you have 48 hours to spare, live history in Bruges!”
To discover Bruges with White Rooms guesthouses, visit http://www.white-rooms.be