Bruges, Belgium… this place is unlike any other city in Europe. It’s like walking through an ancient fairytale. The small town is filled with endless chocolate shops, cobbled streets, horse carriages, and cute canals. As one of the biggest tourist locations in Europe, it can get a bit crowded at times, so going in off months is suggested. Either way, the experience is worth it.
How to get there
Every 20 minutes or so a train runs from Brussels city center to Bruges. It only takes about an hour to get there and is a beautiful ride. The train station in Bruges is an easy 20-minute walk from the city center.
- They also offer direct buses and trains from the Brussels South Charleroi airport. This takes about two hours.
- Many other cities in Europe have transportation services that can be taken into Bruges.
My 6th waffle of the weekend.
Where to stay
Because I was only in Brussels for three shorts days, I decided I only had enough time to take a day trip to Bruges. At first, I was a little bummed but with the right planning, it was totally possible to see everything in one day.
If you have decided to stay overnight, here is a list of recommended hotels and Airbnbs that will not break the bank.
- Hotel Academie
- Hotel Aragon
- Flanders Hotel
- Hotel De Goezeput
- St Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus (Hostel)
What to Do in Bruges
- Attend local chocolatiers
- It seems like every other shop is Bruges is a local chocolate shop. Each shop offers different variations of amazing chocolate. The shops smell delicious and the chocolates taste even better.
- Take a canal tour
- All through the city, beautiful canals stream through the streets. Depending on what time of year you go, they offer 30-minute canals tours. I didn’t get the chance to take one, but in the summertime, it is highly recommended.
- Explore Museums, Art Galleries, and Cathedrals
- Although this is a small town, it is filled with things to see. They offer specialty Museums which are very fun to walk through, as well as beautiful cathedrals filled with breathtaking artwork.
Some of these include:
- Bruges Beer Experience
- Choco-Story (Chocolate Museum)
- Frietmuseum (Fry Museum)
- Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie
- Anne’s Church
- Drink Beer at a local Pub
- Bruges really has a different feel than most cities I have traveled to. The bars are very authentic and offer unreal beer. Make sure you visit Delaney’s Irish Pub.
- Walk through the beautiful Grote Markt
- This is the main square in Bruges and is filled with colorful stores, restaurants and beautiful churches.
- Belfry Tower
- The Belfry Tower offers one of the most beautiful views in the city (maybe even in all of Europe.)
Food in Bruges
- Old Chocolate House*
- This place is a must. Hands down the best hot chocolate I have ever had in my life. The tiny little chocolate shop sells chocolate and other goods on the first floor and has a sit-down restaurant on top. The place offers 27 types of hot chocolate you can choose from, but the best is the simple classic hot chocolate. They bring over a tray of chocolate and cookies, as well as a soup bowl mug of steaming milk. You then stir in as much chocolate as you want until it is melted and ready to drink.
Un. Fucking. Real.
- Delaney’s Irish Pub
- Not only is this place a fun pub, but they also have a huge variety of really good food. The portions are huge and not as expensive as most restaurants in Bruges.
- If you love ribs as much as I do, this is the place for you. They offer great ribs as well as traditional Belgium food. This place is a bit pricier but has really good food.
- Chez Albert
- This is one of the most popular Belgium waffle shops in Bruges. You can get waffles for as low as 2 euros and they are super gooey and delicious. They weren’t the best waffles I had all weekend, but definitely tasty.