@PMM: by the time the chalets are lit and populated it will still look lovely. I have been visiting since 2004 and each year it looked better. The ice-rink was always a big draw so be interesting to see if the crowds pop by for the Gluwin with extra Amaretto. The Snow & Ice exhibition was always a fun place to freeze your ears off for an hour. Bruges has a lot to offer away from the square as well. Hoping it has lots of new visitors this year and we can see them. Cheers from the UK.
Mon 18 Nov. Well - re the new Christmas ‘initiatives’ sound as if they have not gone down well in the square - was just going to post how nice it was to see the street decorations starting to go up and read Richard’s report. :(
I got lost in that belfry tower as a child in 1982 on a school trip we were walking up the winding stairs I turned around there was no one infront or behind so I ran back down and there where a few doors I opened one and I was a big room and couldn't find my way back to the stairs eventually I made it outside from a different entrance we came in I was terrified!
Market opening 25 November it seems. Quote: Bruges Telegraph: The organisers of Bruges' iconic Christmas market and ice-sculpture festival have reacted furiously after city authorities announced radical changes to make the tourist attraction more environmentally friendly. The medieval city has cancelled the ice sculpture festival, a fixture for the last 18 years, amid fears that its cooling systems consumed too much energy. The ice rink, which is usually given pride of place in the Flemish city’s Unesco World Heritage square, will be moved elsewhere and replaced with a plastic rink, under the plans. Rather than in the heart of the marketplace, dominated by the famous Belfry tower, the plastic rink, which uses less energy, will be put on a pontoon on the Minnewater, Bruges' “lake of love”.Traditional Christmas lights have been spared the chop. Organisers of the Christmas market and ice-sculpture festival, which happen at the same time, were outraged. "
thats a shame, was so looking forward to ice skating on Dec 18. will still wave though.
i remember reading last winter that there will not be an ice rink. this is what i have found: The ice rink, which is usually given pride of place in the Flemish city’s Unesco World Heritage square, will be moved elsewhere and replaced with a plastic rink, under the plans. Rather than in the heart of the marketplace, dominated by the famous Belfry tower, the plastic rink, which uses less energy, will be put on a pontoon on the Minnewater, Bruges' “lake of love”.
Yes, seems a little sad that there's to be no ice rink here this winter.
OK, who forgot to pack the ice-rink this year?
E Natal ta chegando, muito linda essa praça com a pista de gelo, gostaria de star aí...
Fri 1 Nov. Surely it won’t be long until the Christmas decks go up. Interesting info re Ghent v Bruges - we did not get time to visit Ghent when we were over there but would love to visit one day.
18 Dec for me another visit
I must amend my 5 days in Bruges. I arrived there early and spent the next day in Bruges. Then took the train to Antwerp the 3rd day and Brussels European District day 4. Then to Ghent day 5. However, walking the canals at night and having a wine listening to music-wonderful. I did not miss out on anything as it is all so close together.
Paul, personally I liked Ghent better. Less people and more of a vibrant atmosphere due to the university. Bruges is for romance and with me being solo, loved it and met many people but Ghent worked better for me. Lots of walking thru the Patersol in Ghent that is like walking the St Anna district in Bruges. Just a bit more to see and do there.
Hello, Deborah was there much difference in ghent as opposed to Brugge ? We have visited brugge 4 times in the last 2 years and we enjoy the culture and as you mentioned the friendly people!
Just got back from 1 month in Europe and spent 5 days in Bruges-it was wonderful. Everyone is so nice and friendly and I loved getting lost and finding my way out. I also stayed 2 days in Ghent and that was also wonderful.
Great Bruges marathon today then. Nice.