You will find Bruges to be an exquisitely small but very lively city. The historic city centre is a paradise for pedestrians: cars are banned as much as possible, so you can stroll around in all tranquility. Bicycles are popular, not only for city exploration, but also for making bigger trips in the countryside. You can take a city tour in horse-ridden coaches, or go on a boat-ride on Bruges’ famous canals - it is not by coincidence that Bruges is called ‘the Venice of the North’. Bruges has always been at the heart of Flanders’ political and cultural history, and the remains of this impressive heritage are preserved in an extraordinary manner. You can spend days in museums (Groeninge museum, Gruuthuse museum, Memling museum, Brangwyn and Lace museum), historic buildings (Belfry, Town Hall), or quiet green areas (Beguinage, Lake of Love). All of these enchanting places are located within walking distance from the Congress Centre! And... for the gourmands... do not forget that Bruges is also known as a culinary highlight hosting the largest number of high quality restaurants per km.