Empty museums, restaurants and deserted town squares – With tourist numbers dropping European hotspots are again turning into ghost towns

Bruges is a beautiful medieval city almost untouched by time. If you like jazz, you will be well catered for. If you like chocolate and beer, you will be in heaven. Unfortunately, Bruges currently paints a bleak picture of tourism in Europe. While things looked promising for the tourism industry in the month of July, visitor numbers are again declining in the following months for many of Europe’s hot spots. Covid-19 has gripped Europe’s tourism industry and it doesn’t look like it will be letting go soon. All of Bruges hot spots like the Gothic city hall in Burg square, the city’s museums, and churches all stand lonely in the heart of one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. These achingly isolated pictures show how beautiful Bruges is not the home of memories anymore…

The shopkeeper looks prepared to welcome visitors with a mask on in an empty chocolate shop in the center of Bruges, Belgium.

A comfortable and cozy hotel room, at the Duc de Bourgogne hotel in Bruges, Belgium is seen unoccupied except with a staff member’s presence filling the now-empty rooms.

The Duc de Bourgogne restaurant in Bruges is home to only empty chairs and tables.

The otherwise bustling and most historic square of Bruges stands deserted a stark contrast to its otherwise crowded days.

One of the city’s most fun elements for tourists is the open tour bus which now isn’t exploring the wonderful sights thanks to a major absence of tourists. Seen in the picture is the operator in a protective face mask waiting on an empty bus.

Horse and carriage tour operators suffer the same plight as the tour bus operators. Looks like they all got to wait some more.

[Via: The National]

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