One of my favorite cities in Europe is Bruges. It stole my heart with it’s charming old town, friendly people and delicious food! The small city reminded me of the Netherlands and maybe that’s why I loved it so much. I wish I spent more than 1 night here to really enjoy the town but nevertheless, you can still have an amazing time. I am going to give you my best tips to make sure that your short visit is a memorable one!
Things to Do:
Church of our Lady – This church dominates the skyline of the city with it’s tall spire. The church was completed in the 15th century and showcases The Madonna of Bruges sculpture by Michelangelo. Entry is free of charge, however if you wish to visit the museum it is 6 euro for adults.
Markt – I am sure you have seen photos of the Markt all over social media and other blog posts. This main market square is definitely one of the most photographed places in the city. This is great location to people watch at one of the many restaurants and take in the beautiful views!
Belfry of Bruges – You can find one of the best views of the city from the top of the medieval tower! There are 145 steps to the top and it offers 360 degree views. The price is a little expensive, at 14 euro’s for adults so if you are on a budget I would skip it and admire the tower from below.
Minnewaterpark – If you are looking to escape the busy streets come to this beautiful park. It’s a great place to have a picnic, ride bikes or just walk around the grounds. When I was visited in 2018 they had interactive structures floating on the water that were fun to explore.
Basilica of Holy Blood – A beautifully detailed church that holds a venerated relic of the Holy Blood from the Holy Land by Thierry of Alsace. You can enter for free and give a donation, if you wish to visit the treasury museum it costs 2.5 euros.
Vismarkt – When I was here they had a small concert with live music and some vendors serving food. It’s worth checking out if you are near by in the evening.
Rozenhoedkaai View – One of the most popular view points in old town and for good reason! Also the view is spectacular at sunrise!
Places to Eat:
The Old Chocolate House – A famous shop and cafe serving all things chocolate. They are famous for their delicious hot chocolate, truffles, chocolate and more! They have a small seating area outside to enjoy your treats.
Chez Albert – If you are in Belgium you definitely need to have at least a few waffles and that’s what they serve here! Try traditional Belgian waffles with so many toppings you will have a hard time choosing!
Bocca – The best spot for a fresh and cheap eat in the heart of old town. They have a variety of pastas, sauces and toppings to chose from and everything is made to order. The portions are large and the lines can be out the door so it’s definitely worth it.
Gelateria da Vinci – One of the most fun loving gelato places ever! The staff are all young, they play up beat music and everyone is super nice. This shop has amazing gelato and large portions for a great price!
‘t Brugs Beertje – Locals and tourists love this bar! They serve over 300 different types of Belgian beer and have some quirky decor.
Where to Stay:
If you do choose to stay the night, which I do recommend, then check out the Snuffel Hostel. I spent the night and it that was close to the bus stop and a couple minutes walk to the Markt. It’s a great property for solo travelers, with free breakfast in the morning, great social area and huge rooms!
How to Get Here & Best Times to Visit:
I took a Flixbus from Brussels to Bruges and it took about 1.5 hours, tickets cost between 10-15 euro one way and was super easy! You can also take a train that costs a little more but you get there faster.
Bruges is magical any time of the year, however, when I went in the summer it was packed with people and prices were a little high! For a quieter and equally as memorable experience, these are 7 reasons why Autumn is a great time to visit!
Bruges is such a beautiful town with so much history and beautiful streets to explore! I can’t recommend a trip here enough. I hope this guide will help you plan the most memorable trip!