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Enchanting Bergues: A Journey Through History and Serenity

Nestled amidst the rolling hills and verdant landscapes of northern France lies the captivating town of Bergues, a treasure trove of medieval history and architectural splendor.

And with Alma the Adria and team our leap of faith occupying one of the many free spaces in the Aire de Camping Car , we excitedly set off to explore this small fortified city, that is so steeped in rich heritage.

Bergues has gained notoriety thanks to the 2007 movie “Welcome to the Sticks” (Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis) produced by Dany Boon. – nope not seen it either

That said, Bergues exudes an irresistible charm that beckons travelers from far and wide to embark on a journey through time.

As you approach Bergues, its imposing ramparts, dating back to the 12th century, emerge from the horizon, beckoning you to step into a bygone era. These formidable walls, once a bastion of defense, now serve as a testament to the town’s enduring spirit.

Meander along the cobblestone streets, lined with quaint houses adorned with colorful facades and intricate Flemish architecture

The Benedictine Abbey of St. Winoc, founded in 1022, occupies the entire top of ‘Groenberg’, the highest point of the city (22 m). Although destroyed during the French Revolution, its two towers are still today an important element of landscape

The somewhat amazing Belfry Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at panoramic views of Bergues and the surrounding countryside. Imagine the town’s inhabitants anxiously awaiting news from afar as the tower’s bells echoed through the streets. – (sadly closed for renovations)

So what’s not to love, an historic city, amazing ramparts and a free stopover – Perfect !


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