14th Workshop


14th Workshop on Vitamin D

Brugge, Belgium
October 4-8, 2009

General Information on Brugge,Belgium

Location of the 14th Vitamin D Workshop

Brugge is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Bruges (Dutch: Brugge) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country. the city's total population is more than 117,000.

Bruges got its city charter in 1128 and built itself new walls and canals. Since about 1050, gradual silting had caused the city to lose its direct access to the sea. A storm in 1134, however, re-established this access, through the creation of a natural channel at the Zwin. The new sea arm stretched all the way to Damme, a city that became the commercial outpost for Bruges

Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North". Bruges has a significant economic importance thanks to its port, and is also home to the College of Europe.

Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. The wealth of museums is a striking image of this city's stirring history.

Bruges is also home to contemporary culture, such as the new Concert Hall, which is one of the most prominent music complexes in Flanders.

The restaurants in Bruges which offer gastronomic cuisine and the exclusive hotels are a true feast for those who enjoy the good things in life. A review of many of the fine restaurants in Brugge can be found in Virtual Tourist.

Road

Bruges has excellent road connections from all directions (E40,A10, E403, N31, E34).

Railway

Bruges' main railway station provides at least hourly trains to all other major cities of Belgium. Further there are several regional and local trains. The main station is also a stop for the Thalys train ParisBrusselsOstend. Bus links to the centre are frequent, though the railway station is just a 10 minute walk from the main shopping streets and a 20 minute walk from the Market Square.




Air

The national Brussels Airport, one hour away by train or car, offers the best connectivity. The nearest airport is the Ostend-Bruges International Airport in Ostend (around 30 km from the city centre of Bruges), but it only offers limited passenger transport and connections.

Public city transport

Bruges has an extensive web of bus lines, operated by De Lijn, providing access to the city centre and the suburbs (city lines, Dutch: stadslijnen) and to many towns and villages in the region around the city (regional lines, Dutch: streeklijnen).

Sights

Bruges has most of its medieval architecture intact. The historic centre of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.[4] There are many worth-seeing medieval buildings, including the Church of Our Lady, whose brick spire — at 122m — makes it one of the world's highest brick towers/buildings. The sculpture Madonna and Child, which can be seen in the transept, is believed to be Michelangelo's only sculpture to have left Italy within his lifetime. Bruges is also famous for its 13th-century Belfry, housing a municipal Carillon comprising 47 bells. The city still employs a full-time bell ringer, Aimé Lombaért, who puts on regular free concerts.