Bruges (in Flemish Brugge, in French: Bruges) is a Belgian city. It is the capital of the province of West Flanders. Located in the extreme northwest of Belgium, 90 kilometers from the capital Brussels, it has a population of 117,000 inhabitants in its urban center.
Its name comes from the ancient Norwegian «Bryggia» (bridges, docks, berths). It is interesting to note that in the Flemish / Dutch language «Brug» means «bridge», and that this city has the plural name of this word because of the large number of bridges that exist in it.
The greatest attraction of Bruges is its historical center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.1 Although it has been largely rebuilt, this urban center is one of the greatest European attractions, as it keeps the medieval architectural structures intact . Like Amsterdam and Stockholm, among others, Bruges is known as «the Venice of the North», due to the large number of canals that cross the city and the beauty of them.