The beautiful city of Bruges could be far from a fairy tale! The capital city is also popularly referred to as The Venice of the North. In 2000, the historic center of the city was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bruges is full of medieval structures that attract tourists all year round. The Basilica of the Holy Blood, Old St. John's Hospital, Saint Salvator's Cathedral and the Groeningemuseum are noteworthy attractions. The picturesque city is also known for wonderful fresh Belgian chocolates, delicate handmade lace and romantic canal boat trips.