Once the most important town in Belgium, being its comercial and industrial heart between the 13 and 15 centuries thanks to the Zwin canal, that linked the tow to the sea, Bruges was forgotten after the stagnation of the canal, in the 15 century. Losing its access to the sea, Bruges was left isolated. After years of recession, the small charming town turned the tables rising once again to become the European Capital of Culture in 2002 and its city center is now a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
Its medieval atmosphere, reflects a city where little had changed during the centuries, giving those who wander its small, stoned streets the sensation of traveling back in time. Despite being such a explored tourist destination, Bruges remains a smalll city, its donwtown can be fully visited in only one day, which makes it perfect if you are planning a one day trip, leaving from Brussels or Ghent.