Best Things To Do in Bruges, Belgium

Going to Bruges? If you’ve only got a short time to see this beautiful city, use the guide below to make sure you don’t miss any of the best things to do in Bruges Belgium! Here’s what you’ll definitely want to see:

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

We visited Belgium at the end of April and spent 10 days traveling all over the country.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

How To Get There — Brussels To Bruges By Train

We flew in and out of Brussels, but used a Eurail Global Pass from ACP Rail to travel everywhere in Belgium. We went to Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Leuven, and Dinant.

Traveling by train is THE way to go in Belgium! The trains are fast, reliable, modern, extremely easy to use, and go they everywhere, from major cities to small scenic villages.

Read More: Ghent Belgium — Europe’s Best Kept Secret

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

There’s even a train station right in the Brussels airport, so you can get off the plane and right onto the train for your first destination.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

For traveling in Belgium I highly recommend checking out all the different rail pass options from ACP Rail! There is definitely one to fit your itinerary, whether you’re staying in one country for a week or traveling all over Europe for a few months!

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

How Many Days To Spend in Bruges?

Bruges is a great city for a day trip or a relaxing weekend getaway because it’s only about 1 hour by train from Brussels. You can definitely see most of the highlights in a day, but if you want to do a little more, like a boat ride on the canal and climb the belfry for amazing views, you might want to stay at least one night. You can definitely see it all in two days!

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

View from the Belfry of Bruges

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Best Things To Do in Bruges

If you’ve only got a short amount of time to visit this fairytale city, here are the best things to do in Bruges:

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Markt Square

Markt Square is the main square of the city featuring many historic buildings, shops, and restaurants.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Burg Square

And right around the corner is Burg Square where you’ll find the grand city hall built in 1376.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Rozenhoedkaai

Head to Rozenhoedkaai for this typical postcard view of Bruges.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Bruges Canal Tour

From here you can hop on a boat to take a scenic float through the canals of Bruges. It’s a fun way to learn a little history of the city!

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

This is the old hospital building. People used to arrive to the emergency room by boat!

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

It’s also a great way to get a unique view of the beautiful houses and architecture along the canal.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Church of Our Lady

Next check out the Church of Our Lady.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Here you’ll find a white marble statue of the Madonna and Child by Michelangelo around 1504. It was the only sculpture by Michelangelo to leave Italy during his lifetime.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Belfry of Bruges

If you want the most breathtaking views of the city, head to the Belfry of Bruges and climb the tower to the top. The belfry offers 360 degree, panoramic views of Bruges. Check out the views below:

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium


Where to Eat in Bruges

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Bruges Waffles

When in Belgium you obviously have to eat waffles!! There are two different types of waffles in Belgium — the Brussels waffle and the Liege waffle. The Liege waffles are the best! What’s the difference between these two types of waffles? Check out the post below for more info!

Read More: Best Things To Do In Brussels, Belgium

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Burg Square Waffle Truck

We tried waffles from three popular waffle shops in Bruges: Chez Albert, Fred’s, and the waffle truck in Burg Square.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Fred’s Belgian Waffles

Fred’s was hands down our favorite! If you only get one waffle in Bruges, definitely get it from Fred’s. I highly recommend at least one waffle a day. But twice a day is definitely acceptable.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Go.fre Brugge

You can also get these fun waffles on a stick from Go.fre. They will dip them fresh in your choice of chocolate and topping. They are pretty but the Liege waffles definitely taste the best!

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

The Old Chocolate House

Of course you can’t go to Belgium without trying Belgian chocolate! It was a little chilly when we went in April, so we stopped by The Old Chocolate House to warm up with some hot chocolate. When you order the hot chocolate it comes out with on this fun tray with mug of steaming milk. You can make it as chocolaty as you want by adding as much or as little chocolate as you want. Of course I added the entire thing! :)

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Aux Merveilleux de Fred

One of my favorite pastry shops in Paris has a location in Bruges! Check out Aux Merveilleux de Fred for their famous pastry, the Merveilleux. True story — I was once carrying a bag from Aux Merveilleux de Fred through the Paris airport when I was suddenly swarmed by four, seriously four Air France employees. I thought I was about to be hauled off for interrogation, but they all started gushing over my bag from Aux Merveilleux de Fred. “Oh my gosh, you went to Aux Merveilleux de Fred!! What did you get?? Did you love it?? Isn’t the Merveilleux the best??!” Then they told me the story of how when the pastry shop originally opened, the Merveilleux was the only thing they sold.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Bruges Hotels

If you are looking for the BEST place to stay in Bruges, I highly recommend the Hotel Heritage.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

It’s beautiful, quiet, and right off the Markt Square so you’re within walking distance to everything. They even placed a chocolate on our pillow every night.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

How fun is this bathroom??

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Le Mystique

The hotel has an incredible restaurant, Le Mystique. It was hands down one of the best meals of my life.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

So delicious! I highly recommend dinner here.

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Also, there’s an entire chocolate buffet bar for breakfast! How totally fun is that??


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Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium

Best Things To Do In Bruges Belgium