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Information about BRUGGE Bruges in Belgium is an absolute must-see on your European travels. The medieval city Brugge is so well preserved that the entire historic centre has been recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Today's Bruges has a population of about 45.000 people (the old center) or 120.000 people (center together with the suburbs). These numbers clearly show that Bruges is not a tiny miniature city. It ranks, even today, among the important cities of Belgium. It is also the capital of the Belgian province of West-Flanders. A lot of people take day-trips from Brussels to Bruges, but there is to much to see here to fill only 1 day. The best way to visit Bruges is to spend at least one night in one of the many beautiful and cozy hotels. Later in the evening, when all the tourists have gone, Bruges finds back its charm and quiet of old times. When one is lucky with the weather, a stroll through the tiny medieval streets can be an enchanting experience. Bruges is always beautiful, in the summertime as well as in the wintertime. Lucky visitors will never forget the city after they have seen it on a snowy December or January day. Bruges is unique, in the sense that here the town authorities have done the utmost to preserve the medieval-looking image of the city. Of course, not every stone in Bruges has come to us straight from the Middle-Ages. The 19th century neo-gothic style is more present than one should think. Because of these 19th century renovations, some critics have put Bruges down as a 'fake' medieval city. Nevertheless, the combination of old, not so old and new fascinates everyone who first sets foot in Bruges.
 
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BELGIUM

General Information
Capital: Brussels
Area: 30,528 km2
Population: 10,754,528 (January 1, 2009).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the round two-pin type.
IDD: +32
Emergency number: 101
Timezone: GMT +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Flemish, French, Dutch, German

Government
Government: Federal constitutional monarchy and parlamentary democracy

Religion
Religion: Mainly Roman Catholic (75%), with Protestant and Jewish communities.

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: EUR 1.00 = USD 66.8534 = GBP 110.480 8 = CHF 66.1543

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Sat: 08.30-17.30

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside cities: 90 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory in front and back seats.

Driving License
Driving License: For non-EU nationals an international driving licence is recommended.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Easter Monday (variable), May 1 Labor Day, Whit Monday (variable), Jul 21 National Day, Aug 15 Assumption Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Nov 11 Armistice Day, Nov 15 King"s Birthday, Dec 25 Christmas Day

Climate
Climate: Temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A236913161817151063
P666153605576958063837588
S234567665421
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800 & 3G 2100 & HSPA.

GPS
GPS: 50 54 N, 4 32 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 09.00-18.00/19.00. Department stores often remain open longer, up to 21.00 on Friday. Outside main areas, some shops may close at lunchtime.


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