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The Best of Belgium: Things to do in Bruges

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all for a few days I found myself in a rut at work, and I just needed a change of scenery. I wanted to go somewhere affordable, where I could satisfy my travel craving in just a few days. Someone suggested Bruges, Belgium. I quickly discovered a long list of things to do in Bruges

Bruges, Belgium – June 2022. Street cafes in Grote Markt, meeting place of the Brugelings and tourists in Brugge, West Flanders.

What is there to do in Bruges?

Bruges is a gorgeous fairytale city in Belgium. You can spend a whole day just wandering along the cobbled roads and picturesque canals, taking in the sites and atmosphere. From the iconic Belfry of Bruges, to an interactive chocolate museum, to some cozy, welcoming pubs, there is so much to do and see in this charming city.

Bruges, Belgium. The Rozenhoedkaai canal in Bruges with the Belfry in the background.

Bruges Attractions

Start your trip in Bruges exploring the city center. Stroll the cobbled streets, crisscrossed by canals, taking in the incredible atmosphere. Once you feel like you’ve conquered the city center, start making your way down our list of Bruges attractions and amazing things to do in Bruges.

Panoramic view of Tower Belfort and statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck on the Grote Markt or Market Square during evening blue hour, Bruges, Belgium

Belfry of Bruges – Can you Make it to the Top?

Bruges is home to the gorgeous medieval Belfry of Bruges. Visitors enjoy the challenge of hiking up 366 steps to the top. Note that the stairwell is very narrow, and we do not recommend it to people who do not enjoy small spaces. Those who make it all the way up are rewarded with breathtaking views of the city below.

Make sure to pay a visit to Bruges’ famous Groeningemuseum. This iconic art gallery is home to an impressive collection of Flemish Primitive and Renaissance works with masterpieces by Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, and Gerard David. In addition to those works, the museum also boats 18th-19th century neoclassical pieces. It is truly a must for all art lovers visiting Bruges.

Traditional houses along the river, Bruges

Belgian Chocolate

When you hear “Belgium,” do you immediately think “chocolate?” I know I do. Learn all about Belgian history of cocoa and chocolate at the interactive Chocolate Museum. There is a chocolate search for children, chocolate-making for all ages, and of course, chocolate eating!

In addition to the gorgeous old architecture, the excellent museums, and the abundance of chocolate, Bruges is also home to many excellent dining options, as well as several pubs and bars. You will not struggle to find delicious food in Bruges, along with amazing beer. You can do entire beer tours of the city! Make sure to sample Bruges local beer, a blonde brew called Brugse Zot.

Medieval streets of old Bruges

Hotels in Bruges

There is no shortage of places to stay in Bruges! Hotels in Bruges range from budget-friendly hostels, to boutique hotels, to large chains, and luxury accommodations. You will definitely find the perfect fit for you!

Electric bicycle parked on a street in the medieval city of Bruges

Bruges to Brussels Train

If you are in Belgium, we recommend making time to at least take a day trip to Brussels. The train from Bruges to Brussels is just about one hour long. Explore the capital, check out the seat of the EU and some museums,  and drink some Belgian beer before heading back to the magical fairytale that is Bruges.

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