How to spend one amazing day in Bruges?
Bruges located in the northwest of Belgium is a perfect city for one day trip. The historic city centre was declared as World Heritage site of UNESCO and some people call this city as the ´Venice of the North´ as it might feel like being in a fairytale.
Bruges has a rich history and culture and it is one of the cities you should definitely visit in Belgium. We spend around one day in this amazing medieval city and we prepared a one-day travel itinerary on what to do and what to eat in Bruges.
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How to get to Bruges
The closest airport to Bruges is Brussel Aiport where you find a variety of flights. From Amsterdam to Brussel the flight is approx 150 EUR/one way but it really depends from which location you are going to fly.
See our Travel tips on how to find cheap flights HERE.
There is a great possibility to take the train with one transfer in Brussels if you are coming from Amsterdam. The prices for tickets might vary depending on the day but in general, if you are coming to visit Bruges during the weekend, the tickets will be more expensive.
If you want to buy the train tickets online, click here.
After checking the prices and the time we would spend travelling by train or plane from Amsterdam, we decided on the cheapest and most comfortable option for us to rent a car.
As we mentioned before in different blog posts, we always use AutoEurope to search for the best deal for renting a car.
Where to stay in Bruges
As we were coming by car, we have to consider accommodation with a good parking option. We booked our accommodation at Booking.com as we use them for many years and they have many different accommodation types so its easy to find the accommodation which best suits your needs.
To stay in Bruges we booked B&B Eleven which was a great choice. It is located about 10-15min walk from the historic city centre, there is a possibility for free parking outside and the breakfast was really amazing. The owners live next door and they really make sure to give each customer special attention. We were asked what time we want to have breakfast so they will prepare it at the moment for us. We were offered many different options like croissants, toast, fruit or eggs accompanied with delicious coffee.
Things to do in one Day in Bruges
There are many things to see and do in Bruges in one day, so we will mention the most interesting places for us which we would recommend to all of you.
The Markt (Market square)
The Markt is located in the heart of the city and it is an important meeting point for locals. The market was held here from 985 and nowadays there is a market every Wednesday.
Probably the most popular building on the Market square is the Belfry Tower (Belfort). The tower is 83 meters tall and you have the possibility to climb up 366 steps which are definitely worth the view.
Another important square in Bruges is the Burg square where you can find probably the most beautiful building in this city – the Town Hall. If you have a chance, we recommend going inside of the town hall which is definitely worth it and then keep walking to the Basilica of the Holy Blood.
Church of Our Lady
For the renaissance lovers, you should not miss the Church of Our Lady which displays a valuable art collection like Michelangelo’s famous Madonna and Child.
Bruges is a perfect city for a walk, however, we totally recommend to take a canal ride as its beautiful. The most famous spot to start a canal tour is from Roezenhoedkaai and probably it is also the most photographed location in Bruges.
Canal ride is definitely one of the top things to do in Bruges and as we mentioned before, Bruges is sometimes called ´Venice of the North´ for a reason:)
Minnewaterpark is located on the south of Bruges and it is probably the most romantic spot in Bruges. This place is popular for the swans and the ´Lake of Love´ which evolved into legend saying that if you walk over the lake bridge with your partner, you will experience eternal love.
Many visitors don’t realize that the windmills in Bruges date back to the 13th century. The Sint-Janshuis Mill is the only mill opened to the visitors and which also keep grinding flour.
What to eat and drink in Bruges
As you know, we are crazy about food and we keep exploring new cuisines. We were very curious to try all the Belgium delicatessen during our visit.
Of course, going to Belgium, you definitely have to try delicious Belgium chocolate! Belgium chocolate has a long history and we recommend to visit the Choco-story (Chocolate Museum) where you can learn more about the history of cocoa and chocolate.
Do you want to buy original Belgium Chocolate, click here!
Another Belgium delicatessen which you have to try while visiting Bruges is Waffles. We recommend Chez Albert as probably the best waffles we had in Bruges. Our personal tip is waffles with Belgium chocolate, just amazing!
You cannot visit Belgium without trying Belgium fries. Belgium claims that they have the is the first and only museum dedicated to potato fries – Friet Museum. You will learn more about the history of Belgium fries and the secret of crunchy and delicious fries.
We are definitely Beer Lovers so we were very keen to try Belgium beer which also has a long history.
We visited the Bruges Beer Museum which offers a tour where they explain you more about the history of the beer in Belgium. You can stop in the bar where we tasted 5 different Belgium beers for 10 EUR.
We also decided to visit the Half-Moon Brewery (De Halve Maan) which is brewing beer since 1856. They offer tour and tasting of one of the popular beers there ‘Bruges Zot’. They have a unique 3 km long underground beer pipeline for transporting the beer from the brewery in the city centre.
There are many things you can see and do in Bruges, so feel free to comment if you can recommend any other activity or food which we should try next time visiting this beautiful city!
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