‘It’s getting like Disneyland’: Bruges pulls up drawbridge on tourists

The picture-perfect Flemish city is just the latest to announce a crackdown on visitor numbers. But not everyone is happy

There is a distinctly military pace to the ant-like line of tourists that streams out every morning from Bruges’s sprawling art-deco railway station and the nearby coach park.

Clutching phones or maps, and with backpacks firmly strapped on, they swarm with purpose in the direction of the Flemish city’s cathedral, the spire of which is just visible over the top of the sycamore and oak trees that act as a break between the modern suburbs and transport hubs and one of the world’s best-preserved medieval centres.

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