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Travellers wishing to spend a day or two in the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges can reach the city from several European destinations by flying into Ostend–Bruges International Airport, but the majority of international passenger airlines fly to the nation’s capital, Brussels. Anyone wishing to take flights to Bruges will find it easier to search for airlines that provide direct services from major cities to Brussels, such as United and Jet Airways, which fly from New York direct to Brussels in just 7.5 hours. Other airlines operate flights that involve one or two stop en route, such as Aer Lingus and British Airways, which fly from Boston. From Australia, flights can take anything between 25 and 40 hours, depending on the carrier. Emirates and Qantas operate regular flights from Sydney to Brussels and these services involve one stop en route. Brussels Airport is 1 hour 15 minutes away from Bruges, but there are various transport options to reach the city, including a regular train system that connects the airport to Bruges in just 90 minutes.
The ancient city of Bruges is an incredibly romantic destination, as it is blessed with cobbled streets that wind around medieval buildings and alongside quiet canals. Famous for its lace and chocolate shops, Bruges is a picture-postcard destination that offers a wealth of unique sites within its ancient walls. At its very heart the Market Square is dominated by the 12th century Belfry tower, which offers superb panoramic views of the city. Here visitors can tour the narrow streets by horse drawn carriage or enjoy a guided canal ride to see the city’s many landmarks, such as the magnificent Church of Our Lady, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Provinciaal Hof.