Last week I took a trip to a place I’ve been interested in visiting for a while – the Belgium city of Bruges. My boyfriend and I spent 5 days in the city and managed to see and do lots whilst we were there. Even though Bruges is a small city, it’s not short of things to do, especially if you plan your trip before you go. I wanted to share what we saw and did whilst we were in Bruges as well as some of the hundreds (literally!) of photos I took of all the pretty parts of the city.
1 – The Church Of Our Lady
There are quite a few pretty churches dotted around Bruges, but The Church Of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk in Dutch) is famous for being the tallest tower in the city. The church itself and the area around it are both picturesque, perfect for taking Instagram-able photos and soaking up some of the history in the city. Only when we were stood underneath the church did we realise just how tall it was – pictures don’t quite do it justice!
2 – De Haalve Man Brewery Tour
A trip to Bruges would not be complete without a brewery tour and the chance to sample some Belgium beer. For the very reasonable price of 12 Euros, we toured De Haalve Man brewery, which was very easy to get to from the city’s main square. Tours were in English, French and Dutch and our friendly English speaking guide showed us around different parts of the brewery. We were even taken onto the roof of the brewery, where we got an amazing view over the whole city – a definite highlight of the tour. Our tour ended with a “Brugse Zot Blond” beer that was included in our ticket, and I have to say it’s the best beer I’ve tasted!
3 – Minnewater Park
Located in the south of the city, Minnewater Park is away from the hustle and bustle of the main square. It is set next to the beautiful Minnewater Lake or “Lake of Love”, and the bridge which crosses the lake makes for a perfect photo opportunity. We went to Minnewater twice whilst in Bruges as it was a lovely place to relax and take in the pretty scenery. I would definitely recommend a visit to this part of Bruges, especially if the sun is shining.
4 – Canal Tour
A really good way to explore Bruges is by boat, and we really enjoyed our canal tour of the city. The tour took us up and down the canals and showed us just how beautiful the city is, and seeing it from the canal perspective was a brilliant experience. The tour guide was friendly and it was easy for us to find where we had to board the boat (take a look here for more info). Again, it was very reasonably priced at just 10 Euros – definitely worth it to ensure we had the full Bruges experience!
If you’re planning a trip to Bruges, I would definitely recommend doing and seeing all of the above. We managed to fit all this into just one day as the city is small, meaning everything is within walking distance. Keep an eye out for part 2 of this post which I’ll be sharing soon, especially if Bruges is on your travel wish list!