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Zeebrugge is a port in northwestern Belgium, 10 miles north of Brugge and 60 miles from Brussels. Interestingly, it is actually an "artificial port," built because the existing marine channel to Brugge at the time had become clogged with silt. Because of its strategic location, Belgium has often been targeted by opposing military forces, which has contributed to Zeebrugge's rich history. In 1918, during World War I, British naval forces sank block ships in Zeebrugge's harbor to block the entry of German submarines. In 1944, the entire port was destroyed by the retreating Germans.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
One of the best views of the area can be found at the Markt or Market Square. Situated at the center of the ancient walled city of Bruges, the Market is lined with 17th-century gabled houses and dominated by the 14th-century Belfort or belfry. Visitors can climb the 350 steps to the top of this 270-foot tower for a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
|Make the most of your stop and explore nearby Brugge. Walk its quaint cobblestone streets and over its flower-lined canals. Admire the many beautiful bridges for which the city was named ("brugge" means bridge in Flemish). Gaze upon rows and rows of spectacular gothic buildings and attractive gabled homes.|
|Take a quick tour of the medieval city of Gent as well, and see some of the countless works of art in its renowned Museum of Fine Arts.|
|Walk through the world-famous Grand Place, one of Europe's most beautiful squares. The extraordinary ensemble of Baroque façades was built on the very spot where Brussels' first inhabitants held their market in the 12th century.|
Much of Belgium's cuisine is similar to that of its neighbors to the north and south. Moules marinieres (marinated mussels), lapin a la biere (rabbit in beer), and croque-monsieur (ham and cheese toasted sandwich) are some of the local specialties. Belgian chocolates are considered some of the best in the world.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Belgium. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
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Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.