Boat rides on the canals of Bruges, Belgium, are one of the best ways to tour this historic Flemish city

Though this Flemish city is small enough to see on foot, one of the best ways to experience it is to take a boat ride on the historic canals of Bruges, Belgium. Bruges began life in the 9th and 10th century with a settlement on what is today likely Burg Square. To facilitate trade, canals were dug from the city center to a tidal inlet known as the “Golden Inlet,” which provided direct access to the North Sea. By the time Bruges received its city charter in 1128,…

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