My family were over last week to visit us in Brussels. We had a jam packed few days and on Saturday we decided to go to Bruges since the weather was a little nicer. Bruges is such a gorgeous and charming little city with so much to see. Bruges (or Brugge as it's known by the Dutch) has been almost entirely untouched since medieval times making it a very picturesque place. We started in one point and made our way slowly around the busy streets to see each thing. We visited the Basillica of the Holy Blood, the Belfry tower - the famous octagonal bell tower that rises to a height of 83m, the Markt which is the main square, Begijnhof, Gruuthuse Museum and several others before then taking a 35 minute boat trip down the Groenerei Canal which was a great way to see the rest of the city. If you want to take a trip up the Belfry/Belfort tower I recommend getting there early, between 9am and 10am as they stop allowing people in the late afternoon and it tends to be pretty busy. 366 steps take you to the roof to see some great views over the city. The tower features in the movie "In Bruges" with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.
They say you can do Bruges in a day, but if you are going to visit (which I think you should) take at least 2 days to really enjoy it. There is so much to see and do! I was there for a day and although we got loads done I unfortunately didn't get to enjoy the restaurants, bars or the shopping street. It takes about 40mins by train to get to Bruges from Brussels, they run regularly and weekend return tickets are the best value. The lovely people over at SANDEMANs Free Walking Tour in Brussels also do day trips to Bruges if you're looking for a guided tour or I've heard the circle tour is also worth a try. There's hundreds of places to eat and drink while looking out onto the streets but keep in mind that Bruges is a little expensive.
Have you ever been to Bruges?
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