Often, the best thing about Christmas is the dramatic build up to that one big day. Throughout November and December, it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the little things that make the festive season extra special, from sipping cinnamon-spiked lattes to adorning snow-flocked trees with kaleidoscopic baubles. Before you know it, it’s December 25th and the holidays have whizzed by in a blur, leaving you with a serious case of post-Christmas blues.
We’ve got the perfect cure: a restorative getaway to one of Belgium’s most winsome cities.
Banish the Blues at ‘Die Schone’
In its native land of Belgium, Bruges has earned the nickname ‘Die Schone’, which translates roughly as ‘the beautiful one’. The perfectly preserved Medieval city is just the place to relax and explore after the madness of Christmas. If you’re feeling uncomfortably full after too many turkey and cranberry sandwiches, avoid the rush of airports and stressful re-routed flights by travelling via ferry. Simply hop on one of our ships from Hull to Zeebrugge and unwind in a comfy cabin before driving the short 25 minutes to ‘Venice of the North’.
End of Season Highlights
If you’re still in the festive spirit, the famous Bruges Christmas markets are still up and running all the way through to December 31st, presenting the perfect opportunity to purchase some late season bargains. You’ll be able to glug on gluhwein and feast on gingerbread to your heart’s content before making those pesky New Year’s Resolutions!
New Year’s Eve Nostalgia
If you’re visiting Bruges on New Year’s Eve, you’re in for a real treat. New Year’s (or Sint Sylvester Vooranvond as the locals call it) is a grand affair in Bruges. The big celebration occurs in the largest square not far from the train station – there’s live music, glittering fireworks and a great atmosphere. Plan where you’re going to eat on New Year’s Eve in advance, as restaurants book up early and put prices up dramatically but don’t worry about New Year’s Day – all the shops and restaurants are open as normal.
Soak Up All the Sights
If you visit Bruges in January, you’ll find it’s the least busy time of year. The atmosphere is quieter but the fairy-tale town is arguably even more beautiful without the constant crush of tourists. Walk the 366 stairs to the top of the Belfry Tower, mosey around the picturesque cobbles streets and explore the awe-inspiring churches at your leisure. All the main attractions in the historic centre of the city are open including museums, restaurants and chocolate shops.
If you’ve been inspired to plan your very own Bruges adventure, check out our Hull to Zeebrugge crossing.
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