The venue, Bruges, also called the "Venice of the North" is a wonderfully unique city, rich with history and culture. During the late Middle Ages and the 13th and 14th centuries, Bruges dominated the North Sea region as one the most active ports and trade cities, destination for the wool, pepper and spice trades, the export of cloths, et cetera. Bruges had a strategic location at the crossroads of the northern Hanseatic League trade and the southern trade routes. Bruges was the financial and commercial centre of the North at that time. New forms of economic exchange were used, including bills of exchange and letters of credit.
What to known about Bruges (3:17)
Today, Bruges is a worldwide renowned "cultural and tourist centre" that is welcoming and enjoyable for visitors from around the world. But Bruges also has a modern seaport at Zeebrugge, connecting the region with the entire world.
It was a pleasure for the Belgian section to host the AGA 2016 in Bruges!