• Bruges & Brussels – Ideal for a Twin Centre Break by Rail

    by  • August 31, 2014 • Bruges, Brussels, Christmas Markets, City Breaks, Rail

    A visit to the Belgian cities at Christmas Market time is highly recommended

    The contrasting Belgian cities of Brussels and Bruges combine together to make the ideal twin centre city break.  The easiest form of travel from the UK is by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brusssels Midi. Brussels is reached in just 2 hours and from there the journey continues by local train to Bruges (approx 1 hour).  Both cities have a lot to offer the tourist at any time of year but are particularly popular at Christmas Market time.

    Bruges Christmas

    The delightful city of Bruges is ever popular as a short break destination.  Its medieval city centre charms tourists with its canals and bridges, medieval Flemish architecture and higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets.  The Grote Markt, or market square is one of the liveliest in Bruges and has been used as a market place since 958. For a wonderful view over the city it’s worth tackling the 370 steps of the 13th century Belfry, with its carillon of 47 bells.

    This year the Christmas Market in Bruges will take place daily from 21st November until 2nd January 2015.  With an abundance of cobbled streets, historic buildings and sparkling canals there can’t be many places more beautiful than Bruges during the festive season. Numerous illuminated Christmas Markets are located on Simon Stevin Plein and Grote Markt, forming a ring around an open-air ice rink

    Brussels is a city of contrasts with enormous diversity when it comes to places of interest and things to do.  The Grand Place, with its ornate baroque and gothic guild houses, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It’s an ideal spot for sitting at an outside café and watching the world go by.  It is also a venue for many concerts & events throughout the year and during the warmer months has a vibrant, daily flower market.

    The Christmas Market in Brussels will start on 28th November 2014 and run right through until 4th January 2015.  The festivities, named “Winter Wonders” will create a lively festive atmosphere in the Grand-Place and around the Bourse, the Place de la Monnaie, the Place Sainte-Catherine and the Marché aux Poissons.  The main features will include a Christmas market with approximately 250 chalets, fairground attractions, an ice rink and a Christmas tree and light show on the Grand-Place.