24 Hours in Bruges, Belgium
Welcome to the land of chocolates, waffles, beer, and gothic architecture. Bruges is one of those fairytale cities that you could just run away to, never to be found again. It's idyllic cobblestone streets wind through the most breathtaking medieval architecture, seemingly untouched by modern history. One of it's more distinguishable qualities is the picturesque canal network that runs through the city center, coining Bruges as "Little Venice of the North." This picture-perfect city offers an escape from the face-paced city life, so expect to stroll, relax, and take in all Bruges has to offer.
Top Things To Do & See In Bruges in 24 Hours
1. Eat All The Waffles
Waffles in Belgium are like gelato in Italy, the consummation limit does not exist. As you walk down the cobble streets, the sweet confection aromas escape the local pastry shops, and you will be hypnotized. Like many places in Europe, you can indulge in a variety of toppings to adorn your delicious waffle. From Nutella, to fresh fruit, the toppings are a never-ending array of scrumptiousness.
2. The Markt
The Markt, or Market Square, is the located in the heart of the city. The square is lined with yummy eateries and historical landmarks, such as the 12th century Bruges Belfry and Provincial Court. The colorful neo-gothic architecture is perfect for a photo-op!
3. Boat Tour or Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Nothing says fairytale like seeing Bruges by boat or horse-drawn carriage. A boat ride will only cost you about 8 Euros/person for 30 min, while the carriage ride will cost roughly 50 Euros for 40 min.
4. Burg Square
In Burg Square, gorgeous architecture is the focal point. In the late afternoon/early evening, you can spot local musicians playing in the square, with its surrounding buildings providing perfect acoustics. In the square are some must-see sites, including:
- The Bruges City Hall
- The Basilica of the Holy Blood
- Brugse Vrije
Also, inside Burg Square is my favorite restaurant in Bruges, TOMPOUCE.
Eat it. Buy it. Bathe in it. Get chocolate wasted. The End.
6. Stroll the Canals
Bruges, like Venice, if the perfect city to lose yourself in. Wander the canals. Stop in local chocolate shops and breweries. Take it all in.
In the museum department, there is something to satisfy anyone's interest. Some of the most renown in Bruges include:
- Gruuthusemuseum, Museum of Applied Arts
- Groeningemuseum, A comprehensive survey of six centuries of Flemish and Belgian painting
- Choco-Story, Chocolate Museum
- Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, Brewery and Beer Museum
- Frietmuseum, Museum of Potatoes and Belgium Fries
- Diamond Museum
- Historium Bruges, fictional characters tell a story in medieval Bruges at this unique museum with audio guides
- Bruges Beer Experience
- Gallery XPO, Salvador Dali Museum
Bruges is truly the perfect place for down-time with friends. Grab a beer or some wine, and indulge yourself in the luxury of this fairytale dreamland.
All pictures belong to Lauren Schnell
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