When planning our recent trip through Belgium and the Netherlands one of the towns we knew we couldn’t miss was Bruges. Located in the north-west of Belgium, in the province of West Flanders, Bruges is a charming and historic town that gained significant fame in the late-2000s thanks to the Colin Farrell film, In Bruges.
Although small (the historic centre covers approx.430 hectares), this charming Belgian town is quite cosmopolitan and bourgeois. As per Wikitravel: “it is one of the best preserved pre-motorised cities in Europe and offers the kind of charms rarely available elsewhere.”
Thanks to its famous canals, wooden houses and green surroundings, Bruges really is a perfect postcard, a fairy tale of a town.
Thanks to an incredibly cheap on a flight from Madrid, we found ourselves arriving in Belgium and the Brussels South airport located in Charleroi, which is about an hour outside the capital.
There are several options to get to Bruges from this airport (including taking public transportation, which requires a train change at Brussels-Midi) but we chose the more convenient route of taking the flibco bus right from the airport. It is slightly more expensive than taking the trains but for us the ease of just getting on one bus and sitting comfortably until we reached our destination was perfect.
As I mentioned, the flibco bus is a bit more expensive than taking public transportation. If you book your tickets at the airport they will set you back €21/person. We chose to book our tickets online while at the airport, which saved us €4/each. If we’d been more organised and have book 30 days in advance, we could have booked the trip for as low as €5.
The bus itself was comfortable. After boarding we just sat back, relaxed and one of us (*cough* not me *cough*) fell right to sleep and didn’t wake up until Ghent.
What to See:
It’s hard to miss the canals that circle the city, but they truly are an amazing sight. We chose to take in the canals via boat and couldn’t recommend it more. There’s really no better way to see and experience the city than from the water.
Brewery De Halve Maan
The Brewery De Halve Maan, which is both brewery and museum, is truly a piece of Bruges history. They offer a tour of the beer making process sharing the history of the brewery as well as the city. Following the tour, head outside to the terrace to enjoy one drink of Brugse Zot or Straffe Hendrik (included in the tour price), while overlooking the famous canals.
Like most Belgian towns, Bruges has an immense city square surrounded by former guild houses. A fixture of Grote Markt is the Belfry Tower. For just €8, visitors can climb the 366 steps to the top to take in the spectacular bird’s eye views of the city.
What to Eat/Drink:
Overall, we found that food in Bruges skewed more on the expensive side, so we opted for smaller snacks (like frites) throughout the day.
Although we didn’t take in one of Bruges many restaurants, we did take a mid-aftenroon break to pop into Bierbrasserie Cambrinus to rest our feet and indulge in a fine Belgian brew. With over 400 beers on the menu (that thing is a serious tome) and a knowledgeable staff, there is seriously something for any and every taste.
Where to Stay:
Bruges has accommodation options to fit any budget or preference, so finding a place to stay isn’t difficult. We found an awesome deal on Hotels.com and ended up staying at the Floris Hotel Bruges. Located in Bruges Center, the Floris Hotel Bruges was a short walk to all of the city’s main attractions.
Our room at the hotel was awesome. We booked a superior double and were just expecting the basics, so imagine our surprise when we arrived to find two queen beds, a spacious bathroom (with tub) and a small terrace! We were beyond impressed.
Although the hotel was in the centre of it all, it was amazingly quiet. It was also incredibly clean, and the staff was friendly and very knowledgeable – upon check-in, we were provided with maps, coupons, recommendations and more!
We had a great stay at the Floris Hotel Bruges and wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again!
Read other posts from this series:
- In Bruges
- Surviving the Rain and Exploring Ghent
- Petite Adventures’ Guide to Ghent
- Top Ten Reasons to Take a Canal Tour in Bruges & Ghent
- Rain in Rotterdam
- Petite Adventures’ Guide to Rotterdam
- A Day in Amsterdam
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