Tip: you'll get the best full view of the beautiful designs from the balcony of the town hall.
Bruges began on the banks of the river Reie, and as it grew, so did a series of waterways connecting it to the Zwin estuary and the North Sea.
Victor Horta was the most influential architect and designer of the early 20th-century style known as Art Nouveau.
Or tour the canals by boat, which you can take from any of five landings.
Among the most recognizable sights in Belgium are the beautiful belfry and Halle, which dominate the main square of Bruges.
Grand Place was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding blend of architectural and artistic styles.
The square is busy with tourists and locals at all times of year, but especially in August of alternate years, when the center is filled with the 75- by 24-meter Flower Carpet, made up of more than 700,000 cut begonias.
Today, the canals are beautiful reminders of Bruges history, and cruising or walking along them is one of the most popular things to do in Belgium.