Bruges or Brugge (in Flemish) is a Belgian city, one of the most photogenic cities in the world. The internet is full of photos taken here that look amazing regardless of weather conditions or season.
Google image searches of “Bruges” usually render people going full “awwww” mode (justifiably so). Bruges is said to be one of the postcard cities. Let me tell you though that in reality, Bruges is way more beautiful than how the photos depict it!
It’s hard to tell where the beauty of Bruges comes from. Whether it’s due to beautiful medieval houses, imposing churches, narrow cobbled streets, the scent of fine chocolate or dreamy canals full of swans, the city has that je ne sais quoi that makes it so popular among tourists. It is not uncommon for tourists to refer to the setting as fairytale-esque.
Daydreaming aside, in this article you can find how we spent the day in Bruges and what activities we enjoyed.
Getting to Bruges
You can easily get to Bruges from Brussels-Midi station. There are many trains that depart at two hours distance.
The trip lasts around one hour and the tickets cost around 15 euros one way for the 2nd class and 23 euros for the 1st class. If you are a group and you all are under 25, then you can ask for some discounts when you buy your tickets. More on the timetable here.
From the train station in Bruges, you are within walking distance of the historical centre. The walk is very enjoyable and the city will surprise you after 200 meters.
There is a tourist info kiosk outside the station where you can ask for information or get a map of the city.
Title of World Heritage Site for the Historic Center of Bruges
The historic centre of Bruges was acknowledged as a World Heritage Site in 2000. Bruges has increased its number of tourists and popularity ever since. You can find more on this subject here.
Top places in Bruges
The Markt, the Town Hall the Basilica of Holy Blood, The Church of our Lady or the Siint-Jansspitaal are only some top places to see in Bruges.
Take the city by foot and follow the flow of the streets. You’ll probably surf by the major landmarks as well. For more info about the top places in Bruges, see this.
Free Walking tour of Bruges
We talked about free walking tours and how they work in a previous blog post.
If you’re into walking tours or you enjoy walking along the city with someone telling you stories, then you can have a look at this walking tour. The website includes information about the timetable, the places that will be covered throughout the tour, the information they will provide (and I saw they say something about beer, chocolate, souvenirs and beer).
Activities in Bruges
- Get a more realistic image of this heavyweight sightseeing destination by taking a free walking tour
- See the city from a new perspective by taking a boat tour
- Enjoy the city at your pace by choosing the less crowded streets
- Take a break on a bench near the canals and watch the swans
- If you feel romantic, you can enjoy the city by taking a horse carriage tour
- Have a coffee at the stay-a-while cafes (Trip Advisor has a nice top over here)
- Find a nice bar and enjoy a good Belgian beer (We recommend going on the streets behind Grote Market)
Bruges in pictures
Below you’ll find the pictures that our friend Andreea took on our visit.
If this post didn’t convince you of the beauty of Bruges, then maybe this movie will:
Cause they say it’s a fairytale fucking town.