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|17 Jul|3 mins

Is This Europe’s Most Instagrammable City?

Fill your feed with gems from this often forgotten medieval city
Lucy E Cousins
17 Jul
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When it comes to Instagrammable cities, Europe has more than its fair share. We’re thinking Paris, Venice, Prague… but one city that is often forgotten on the Instagram Richter scale is Belgium’s tiny hamlet of Bruges. This medieval walled city, which dates back to the 12th century, is so cute that sometimes American tourists ask what time the city closes… like it’s a Disneyland attraction.

So what makes it so perfect for your news feed?

Advice
|17 Jul|3 mins

Is This Europe’s Most Instagrammable City?

Fill your feed with gems from this often forgotten medieval city
Lucy E Cousins
17 Jul
Share:

When it comes to Instagrammable cities, Europe has more than its fair share. We’re thinking Paris, Venice, Prague… but one city that is often forgotten on the Instagram Richter scale is Belgium’s tiny hamlet of Bruges. This medieval walled city, which dates back to the 12th century, is so cute that sometimes American tourists ask what time the city closes… like it’s a Disneyland attraction.

So what makes it so perfect for your news feed?

Image via @travel_belgium

There are canals galore

Think Venice mixed with Amsterdam, but much smaller and less busy. Bruges is centred on a series of canals that once formed inland ports – in fact Bruges was once bigger and more important than London! For the best photos, take a 30 minute boat ride around the five kilometres of central canals (and try to nab a spot at the front). Opt for mid-morning or later afternoon when the sun isn’t so bright and there are fewer people.

Image via @leguidedesvoyageurs

Lots of foodie photo ops

We all know that #foodieheaven is a killer hashtag for engagement, so after your canal ride pick a seat at one of the waterside bars to try a local brew (our favourite is Bourgogne des Flandres) and a bowl of hot, steaming mussels or local meaty stew. The national obsession with fries and waffles is also a bonus for newsfeed love.

Image via @deirdremullins

Art around every corner

Every three years, Bruges hosts the Triennale – a series of outdoor art installations. This year, the most popular is an incredible breaching whale made entirely from plastic found in the ocean. Or head to the Church of our Lady to see Michelangelo’s Madonna – the only statue of his that you won’t have to wait hours to photograph. Plus, if you’ve seen George Clooney in The Monuments Men, you’ll know this is the statue that they recovered from Germany after Nazi soldiers stole it.

Image via @andthedancingfox

Hip hotels to sleep in

Even though the city is several hundred years old, Bruges has incredibly Instagrammable hotels. These tend to be small, modern and housed in historic buildings – the perfect combination for taking photographs. Look for hotels that are near the canal for evening and early morning shots. Our pick? The uber trendy Hotel Monsieur Ernest – it’s on the water and has a sophisticated, European design that looks amazing in photos.

Image via @kevin.gosselaire

Beautiful architecture

Not only is Bruges ringed by canals and waterside cottages, it is also home to 16th and 17th century architecture that is just asking for an Instagram post. The best time to photograph the stunning main square is after midday when the market closes down, but head to the churches early morning before the crowds.

The secret to getting the best Instagram shots of the canals is to stay overnight in Bruges. Most tourists just visit for the day, so after 7pm at night the streets are nearly empty and the canal is quiet – the perfect combination for a fashion shot or too.

Image via @besttravelbook

Lucy E Cousins
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