The Historic Cities of Flanders
Amongst Europe's most popular short break destinations, the historic Cities of Flanders in Belgium are famous for the outstanding medieval architecture of their Grand Squares, magnificent cathedrals, beautiful guild houses and of course welcoming hotels. Flanders is also blessed with the smaller but no less compelling attractions of windy cobbled streets, flea markets, beguinages and cosy hotels, which offer an intimacy to complement the awe-inspiring grandeur.
The location of the Prinsenhof Hotel in Flanders in the center of the old town of Bruges enables you to immerse yourself in the charm and traditions of Flanders, Belgium.
The historic cities of Flanders take huge pride in their architectural heritage but each town and city has a special personality (as does the Prinsenhof Hotel in Bruges). One of the benefits of visiting Flanders is that all the attractions are very close together, so that even on a short break you can experience more than you might imagine.
The coast of Flanders stretches for 67 kilometres from Knokke-Heist in the east to De Panne in the West, and offers not only wonderful beaches but also activity holidays and good shopping.
Bruges - the location of the Prinsenhof Hotel in Flanders, Belgium - is only 18 km from Ostende the nearest town on the coast of Flanders, the journey time for which should be approximately 20 minutes by car.
Ypres and the Battlefields
The town of Ypres is probably best known for its association with World War I, but it was also historically one of the great Flemish cloth towns. The Grote Markt and Cloth Hall with its belfry were severely damaged during the war but have been rebuilt to its original design. The In Flanders Fields Museum in the Cloth Hall, is a stark and poignant reminder of the tragic waste of the "war to end all wars", and the town also has the Menin Gate which is inscribed with the names of almost 55,000 British and commonwealth soldiers who died on the Flanders battlefields but who have no grave. The Last Post is sounded each evening at 10pm in honour of all those lost.
Bruges - the location of the Prinsenhof Hotel in Flanders, Belgium - is only 63 km from Ypres, and the journey should take approximately 45 minutes by car.