In spring 2019, we make our way from the southwest of Germany to Bruges in Belgium. We have had this destination in our sights for quite some time.
One of the reasons for our visit was that Bruges was the destination of the later Habsburg Emperor Maximilian I, in the Middle Ages.
Only a few 100 m away from our home we can drive directly on the highway to Liège and on to Bruges. Bruges lies in the northwest of Belgium in Flanders, one of the three regions in Belgium. Most of the inhabitants speak Dutch.
First, our journey leads through the Eifel up to the Belgian border. Only an approx. 10 km long part on the German side is still ideveloped as an expressway.
At St. Vith, the center of the German-speaking communities, we reach the border to Belgium.
Next, we pass Spa, known for its spas and the Formula 1 circuit. Then we reach Verviers, once a major center of the wool trade and the textile industry.
Liège, with its almost 200,000 inhabitants, was originally a bishopric and seat of the Prince-Bishops of Liège.
Later, Liège developed into Europe’s cradle of the coal and steel industry. Today it is an important traffic hub – from here the motorway leads directly to Amsterdam.
However, we drive on direction Brussels, which we circumnavigate on the highway ring.
Actually it would have made sense to take the train in Belgium. It runs parallel to the highway – is faster and cheaper. In addition, you don’t have to pay expensive garage fees in the cities and there are free shuttle connections in Bruges and Ghent.
The only problem for us was that there is no public direct connection from Wittlich or Trier to Liège. We would have had to take an hour-long detour via North Rhine-Westphalia.
Past Ghent we finally reach Bruges.
Already on the way to our hotel, the Hotel Bryghia, we pass the first canals and medieval houses.
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