Five things you must do in Bruges

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Walk without reason

Your first task, should you choose to accept it… is to walk without reason, without a map, without directions, and just for the sake of walking. Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) has an impossible charm that can not be replicated elsewhere in the world and walking is a must do in Bruges. The best way to experience the city is to soak it up on foot, enjoying all the hidden alleyways and local coffee shops along the way. The smaller the street and the further away from the Grote Markt you get, the more chance you have of finding authentic gems the locals hope to keep a secret.

Cruise the Canals

The second best way to explore Bruges (some will argue the best) is to cruise the canals on a guided tour that will take around half an hour from pick up to drop off point. This is a unique way to visit the city though in summer will be overcrowded and in winter you will be hard pressed to find regular departures and I have had conflicting advice about whether the cruises are running or not…. hence not yet experiencing Bruges this way.

Step Inside

Though Bruges is impossibly beautiful outdoors and it can sometimes be difficult to want to step foot inside a building for fear of missing a moment in time outdoors, if you do take the time to experience some of the building interiors you will be strongly rewarded. The Basilica of the Holy Blood is one such building you should step inside, and the Belfry Tower will offer you fantastic views over the Grote Markt.


Eat, Drink, and Eat some more!

Belgian chocolates, waffles, beer, and fries…. these are the staples you simply must try whilst in Bruges. The Choco-story museum is also a great way to learn more about the history of Belgian chocolate making and includes a free sample!

Hire a Bike

Finally, another great way to explore Bruges beyond the immediate vicinity of the city centre is to hire a bike and cruise through the streets like a local. Again, a no-map policy is best employed so that you can discover the city on your own without regard for time or anything else for that matter! There are endless parks, alleyways, lakes, canals, etc. to keep you entertained for at least a full day.

These are just a few ideas to help you get started on your visit to Bruges. For more, visit‎. A special thanks to Visit Flanders for hosting World of Wanderlust for my visit to Bruges.

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    June 10, 2015 at 4:35 am

    vincent ..many thanks for your recommendation ..
    Meanwhile i visitd Bruges and stayed at the guesthouse you mentioned..white-rooms in bruges
    ..very nice apartment …you can really feel the historical vibe of a rich past history..

    June 9, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for your great comment..meanwhile i visited the guesthouse you mentioned..
    White-rooms in Bruges …this is really a superb place to stay for 2 days

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    May 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I’ll be doing a tour of Bruges and Brussels in a few weeks, and am so excited to get my paws on some Belgium chocolate. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Brooke Saward
      May 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Oh gosh you lucky thing! You will LOVE Bruges 🙂

    March 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    hi vincent
    Thanks for the great link for visiting Bruges..
    We are now 65+ but still in the UK and regularly doing city trips.

    February 18, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for the tips 🙂 I have always wanted to go to Bruges and Brussels! Next time I’m overseas they are top of my list.

    Helen Andreou
    February 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Brooke
    Have enjoyed reading your day in Bruges article. We are going to Bruges in May for 2 days staying at the Pand hotel. Where did you stay? or was it a day trip? The restaurant Zeno sounds amazing, may have to book it now!! Any other adivce on Bruges would be most welcome.


    Mata Bouche
    February 18, 2014 at 5:03 am

    i had been there twice, but still didn’t explore it with the boat. Would love to experience it some day 🙂

    February 18, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I found recently a very nice blog about bruges……..the pictures are great ..

    Kat Stewart
    February 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    This is a great article Brooke, I’m planning on doing a stop here in Europe later in the year so it’s good to have some tips 🙂 Thanks, Kat 🙂

    • worldofwanderlust
      February 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks Kat, you will LOVE Bruges it is incredible 🙂 x