A Mini City Guide To Bruges, Belgium


Bruges, Belgium, is a beautiful city full of canals, bridges, and medieval townhouse buildings. Although not the capital, or even one of the largest cities in Belgium, Bruges is one of the country's most popular cities for tourists to visit. With the town practically tasting of chocolate due to the number of homemade chocolate shops lining the streets, it's no wonder Bruges gets so many visitors each year.

How To Get There:
If you plan on flying to Bruges then the nearest international airport is in Brussels. From Brussels you'll then need to take the 45 minute train journey to Bruges. If you don't fancy flying you can also take the Eurostar from London to Brussels, which takes around 2 hours. You'll then need to change trains for the Brussels-Bruges part of the journey. 

Another popular option if you fancy driving is by going across the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone, Kent, to Calais, and then driving across from France into Belgium. 

Things To Do:
If you're a first time visitor to Bruges then a good starting point is the main square (Grote Markt). The medieval buildings in this square are beautiful and charming, especially if you visit in December with all of the Christmas lights. If you fancy it, you can also opt to go on a horse-drawn carriage for a tour throughout the city, which start in the main square. 

Towering over the main square is the Belfry Tower, a medieval bell tower that's over 80 metres tall. Visitors can opt to climb the 366 steps to the top for amazing views over the city. Tickets cost €12 for adults, with a slightly reduced price for students and under-25's. 

With so many canals in Bruges, an amazing way to see the city is on a river boat tour. The tours last around 30 minutes and run throughout the year. To catch a boat head to Boottochten Brugge, where the road Nieuwstraat meets the river. 

If the centre of the city begins to get a little busy, walk to the outskirts of town to the windmills. They're only a twenty minute walk from the main central square and are free to visit.

Where To Eat:
Belgium is famous for many things but is especially well-known for its beer, chocolate and waffles. Make sure you try them all during your visit! There are so many places where you can grab a warm waffle on the go, and without any extra toppings one will cost around €2. 

When wandering the streets you'll also be spoilt for choice with the number of chocolate shops there are. However, I highly recommend Chocolatier Dumon as you can pick and choose which homemade chocolates you'd like to have in your own selection box. 

For beer tasting, head to 2be for a huge variety. They even have a 'beer wall' leading up to the bar! The best part about this place is the private terrace overlooking the canals, where you can watch the boats sail by as you try Belgium beer. Another amazing bar to visit is Cambrinus which has over 400 beers to choose from.

For a quick lunch on the go, head to 't Brugsch Friethuys and try some chips with a peanut satay sauce. They were so good - I wish England served chips with a peanut sauce! For a sit down meal, head over to Ribs' n Beer for the most amazing all-you-can eat ribs. There's a choice of four different seasonings - my personal favourite being the smokey barbeque flavoured ribs. 

Going elsewhere in Belgium?
If you're spending a little longer in Belgium, then I would recommend spending a couple of days in the capital Brussels. Belgium is a relatively small country and the cities are only a 45 minute train journey apart.


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