Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of the market square, or the peace and quiet of the old town, Bruges really does have something for everyone. Staying in Bruges for 4 nights meant that we could see both the busy and quiet parts of the city and really experience the different things that it has to offer. So, in part 2 of this post, I thought I’d share where you can find some of these places if you’re planning a trip to Bruges.
1 – Grote Markt and Belfry
The market square lies beneath Bruges’ impressive bell tower and is the place to go to experience the real buzz of the city. Always filled with locals and tourists alike, it was still a pleasant place for us to sit down for a while and take in the amazing buildings around us. The Grote Markt is the perfect place to grab an ice cream and enjoy the sights, such as the Belfry and La Grand Place De Bruges which both stand above the market.
2 – The Canals and Historic Bruges
When you think of Bruges, you think of its canals, and they really are picturesque. Taking the time to walk up and down the canals is a definite must in the city, with lots of pretty bridges that make for the perfect photo opportunity. We took the advise of one of our hotel receptionists at Hotel Navarra to explore the historic North East of the city too, and it didn’t disappoint! This part of the city is quiet and away from the main tourist hotspots, perfect for really getting a sense of daily life in the city.
3 – Choco-Story
Belgium chocolate is renowned for being delicious, so a visit to Choco-Story was on the cards for us in Bruges. We were given a helpful written guide that told us where to go in the museum and what each room was about. In pretty much every room, there were samples of chocolate to try, and the museum tour ended with a chocolate-making demonstration (and more tasting). If you love chocolate, this is the place to go!
4 – Basilica of the Holy Blood
Bruges is not short of impressive buildings, and the Basilica of the Holy Blood is one that’s definitely worth a visit. Tucked away in the corner of Burg Square, it’s a small but beautiful building decorated with golden statues and full of history. Another magnificent building in the square is the city hall with its Gothic architecture and enormous windows – definitely worth snapping a photo or two!
5 – Windmills
Located on the quiet, Eastern side of Bruges is a pretty park next to the canal, which is home to two windmills. We took a short walk to this area of the city to see the windmills and they were definitely impressive close up. This was something we hadn’t originally planned to do in the city, but there’s no better way to enjoy a Flemish city than to find a pair of windmills!
So, whatever you’re looking for from a city break in Bruges, I hope this post will help you to plan your trip! There’s no shortage of things to see and do in the city and I will always recommend Bruges as a brillant place to explore.