Clickety-clack, clickety-clack go the horse drawn carts. Time just melts. Turn a corner at the canal, take a sip from the brewers tap and hear bells chime throughout the land. In just a few hours by Coach from London we were strolling in the magic of this medieval masterpiece. With a city center of the size easily covered in a weekend, Bruges really is the perfect European city break.
Start your tour of Bruges with a visit to the main Markt (market square) where you can climb the 366 steps up the Belfry for a 360 degree view across the city. If you can, aim for a clear day and early in the morning before the crowds.
Exit through the gift shops at the rear and you can spot a poem inscribed in five languages on the ceiling canopy.
Next up you may like to pop round the corner for a quick visit to the Stadhuis (City Hall). The Stadhuis contains an intricate Gothic Hall which for only a few euros including an audio guide is worth viewing. Tucked away in the corner right next door is the Basilica of the Holy Blood – a beautifully detailed interior.
The activity I was most excited for when visiting Bruges was beer tasting and I had one brewery in particular I wanted to visit; De Halve Maan. Even if you’re not a big drinker, the brewery tour is probably considered one of Bruges premier attractions. Here you can learn about the brewing process and hear the history of the family owned brewery. Make sure to ask about the underground beer pipeline!
In a country so famous for it’s beer, you’ll want to try a few more labels I’m sure. We accomplished this by joining up with fellow guests and staff for a beer tasting evening at St. Christopher’s Hostel: The Bauhaus.
Those looking for something a bit special may enjoy a morning or afternoon at Carpe Diem Tea Room. Heart shaped sugar cubes and stained glass windows are just the beginning of this intimate dining experience.
Let’s not forget the waffles and chocolate – which no visit to Belgium would be compete without! Sink your teeth into a hot chocolate covered Belgian waffle and you’ll be smiling even on the coldest days.
Of course a large part of the magic of Bruges is simply being removed from the hustle and bustle of London, so make sure to spend some time just strolling the canals and admiring the architecture. Chat to locals whenever you can. They were amazingly friendly and always happy to explain things in English for us.
All that’s left now is to make your booking!
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