Most of you got to know this beautiful fairy tale town with its canals and cobbled streets through the film ‘In Bruges’. And Bruges looks exactly as magical and picturesque as in the film. If you like historical views, romantic sceneries and Belgian specialties, a day trip to Bruges is just what you need.
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Best places to visit on a day trip to Bruges
The most beautiful spots in Bruges
When in Bruges I just advice you to wander around the city and get wanderfully lost enjoying the beautiful places and enchanting views.
Places you should definitely include on your walk in the historical centre of Bruges:
1. Bonifacius bridge
One of the most romantic places in Bruges is the Bonifacius bridge and its surroundings. This spot is located a bit from the busy city centre Here you can experience the real fairy tale Bruges with magical views over the canals with overhanging houses and trees and watch the little boats passing by.
When you visited the Bonifacius bridge walk along the canal to the Rozenhoedkaai. This is the most photographed spot in Bruges. Perfect for a beautiful instagram photo! Unfortunately, many tourists think so too. It is not easy to take a perfect instashot without someone who is photo bombing you. But even with the many tourists it remains one off Bruges most enchanting spots.
Tip: If you want the perfect picture go very early like we did!
Strolling along the canals is my favourite activity in Bruges. So if you liked Rozennhoedkaai, you will just love Groenerei. Go via Huidenvetterplein to the vismarkt and follow the canal. The walk itself is just breathtaking. You will enjoy a varied but typical view of Bruges with old bridges and historical buildings with a touch of nature.
4. Jan Van Eyckplein
If you want to enjoy some more canals, bridges an beautiful architecture go through the city via the Ridderstraat and Engelsestraat. And admire the most beautiful facades of Bruges on the Jan Van Eyckplein. This was once a lively port in Bruges. Now it is a somewhat quieter place with a statue of the world-famous Bruges painter Jan van Eyck.
The Market is located in the heart of the historic city center and has one of the most famous monuments of the city, the 12th century Belfort. If you have time and are in for a great work out, you can climb the tower for panoramic view over the Bruges.
On the market you can also find the typical houses with stepped gables
During the Christmas period you can find a very large Christmas market on this spot. It is so much fun to stroll along the various stalls and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere with a delicious glass of gluhwein.
Another very romantic spot is the Minnewater. This enchanting park is known for its pond with many beautiful white swans. You can enjoy this beautiful piece of nature from on top the Minnewater Bridge or one of the benches along the lake.
This is an old monastery build in the 13the century. It is known because of the small houses with the beautiful white facades. These were formerly lived by the beguines. Today it is still inhabited by sisters of the Order of St. Benedict. There, you can still experience the life as it was in the 18th century.
How to get around in Bruges?
If you don’t like walking you can also take a boat ride on the canals or a carriage ride through the cobbled streets of Bruges. These are so worthwhile.
The best shops for souvenir shopping in Bruges
Souvenir shops with Belgian specialties, you can find all over Bruges.
The most impressive shops I found on breidelstraat near the market. Especially with Christmas the shops are decorated phenomenal.
Don’t forget to try these Belgian waffles on a stick with a topping of choice. Off course I chose dark chocolate.
Nightlife in Bruges
Some of you will go for a weekend or spend a night. A great place to go for a nightcap is the Eiermarkt. There you will find one of my favourite bars which you can find also in Ghent and Brussels. Bar Des Amis! There are enough bars to indulge in Belgian beer and linger till the early hours in the morning. Are you still looking for a unique hotel? Below you can find the best hotels and the best deals at the moment.
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If you are traveling to Belgium, don’t forget to put Bruges on your itinerary. You won’t regret it! Do you want to discover other Belgian cities as well? Be sure to check out my blog post about Ghent and Brussels.
Would you like to go on a day trip to Bruges? Let me know in the comments below.