I’m a pretty nerdy traveller. I love taking tours. I love making lists. I love doing all those things you’re supposed to do in the places you’re supposed to do them in, and have amassed a pretty great collection of selfies doing all those things. So, it should come to no surprise to anyone who knows me that not only did I sign-up for canal tours in both Bruges and Ghent, but I LOVED them.
I loved them so much. I could wax poetically about the tours, the sights, the charm and magic of each city for hours. But, no one wants that. So, I will save you an eternity of eye-rolling (and deleting me from your blog roll) and instead, here are the top ten reasons I think everyone visiting Bruges and Ghent should take a canal tour:
Experience the heart of the city
In both Bruges and Ghent the canals are the heart of the city. Yes, you can walk alongside them, but the city is best experienced by boat.
Get into the history
The histories of both Ghent and Bruges are both tied so closely to the water and the canals, that the truly get into the history of the city, you need to get into a boat.
At just €8 and €7.50 respectively, the boat tours of Bruges and Ghent were a relatively inexpensive way to see the city; much cheaper than a traditional bus tour.
Now, I can only speak for the tours that we were on, but in both cases, the Captains were locals who had lived in the city for decades. They shared with us not only the history of the city but their personal experiences as well as some fun and hilarious facts they’d picked up over the years. It was a much more personal touch to the tour, and I appreciated it far more than listening to a generic recording.
See More of the City
There are just some things you can only see from the canals.
Appreciate the Architecture and the Engineering
It’s easy to appreciate the architecture of both Bruges and Ghent from the street because they are beautiful cities. But, when you’re in a boat, driving right up beside the buildings, you start to really appreciate the architecture and the engineering of the city. Seriously, it’s pretty impressive that they were not only able to build these massive homes and buildings back in the day, but that they’re still standing!
Why not sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, while you cruise throughout the city.
Get a Different Perspective
Let’s be honest, sometimes things just look different when you’re on a boat.
In towns like Bruges and Ghent, there’s no better place to take that perfect, iconic, fairytale photo.
Because no Trip to Ghent or Bruges Would be Complete Without One.
Read past posts from this series:
- In Bruges
- Petite Adventures’ Guide to Bruges
- Surviving the Rain and Exploring Ghent
- Petite Adventures’ Guide to Ghent
- Rain in Rotterdam
- Petite Adventures’ Guide to Rotterdam
- A Day in Amsterdam
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