A day in the Venice of the North – Bruges

As we are from Belgium, it is our duty to promote our own beautiful country. To start with, we want to show you why you should visit the romantic city Bruges that is also an UNESCO World Heritage City. There is so much to experience… sightseeing, shopping, culture, food and adventure.

A nice way to see something of Bruges, is by taking a boat on the ‘Brugse reien’. It will cost you 8 euros for a trip of half an hour and it show beautiful spots of the city.

The best way to visit the city is by foot (because it is not that big) and all the sights are close to each other

1. Taste the best chocolate in the world

You can’t come to Belgium and not eat chocolate. So, go to ‘Katelijnestraat’ and taste those mouth-watering chocolates. It will be impossible not to buy some. We loved the shop ‘Home Sweet Home’ and they have so many choices and they taste absolutely delicious.

2. Explore ‘Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum’

During the 13th & 14th century nurses have cared for pilgrims and other sick people here. Right now it is a museum with impressive arts, medical instruments and paintings from Hans memling, who was a patient in this hospital.

  • Where? Mariastraat 38, Brugge
  • Open? Thuesday till Sunday from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Price?  8 euros p.p.

3. Discover the ‘Onthaalkerk Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe’

You will not miss the 115-meter-high brick-stone tower of the ‘Church of Our Lady’. The church has an astonishing collection of art, including Michelangelo’s world-famous Madonna and Child.

  • Where? Mariastraat, Brugge
  • Open? Monday till Saturday from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM & Sunday and holidays from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Price? 6 euros p.p.


4. Soak up the sun at the ‘Markt’ & ‘Belfort’

The Market and the Belfort are the popular tourist attraction of Bruges. In the middle of the market you can find the statues of Jan Breydel and Pieter De Coninck, who were the heroes during the resistance against the French in the battle of the Golden Spurs.

There are a lot of nice restaurants and bars at the square. Sit down, relax, enjoy the sun, taste some delicious food and drink a nice coffee, while enjoying the beauty of the historical facades and buildings.

If you want a beautiful view over the city, you can conquer the 366 steps of the tower of the Belfort (83 meters)

  • Where? Markt 7, Bruges
  • Open? Every day from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Price? 8 euros

5. Look at the former Wall Street of Bruges at ‘Huis ter Beurze’

This building was built in 1453 as exchange office for the famous family ‘van der Buerse’. Our Flemish term ‘beurs’ which means stock exchange in English was originated here.

  • Where? Vlamingenstraat 35, Brugge


6. Go international at ‘Jan Van Eyckplein’

Between the 11th and 13th century Bruges has grown from an international commercial town to a global world player. At Jan Van Eyck square, ships used to anchor here and toll was collected.

7. Stroll along the water of the ‘Brugse Reien’

There is a reason why they call Bruges the Venice of the North. This is because of the small canals flowing through the city. For a romantic walk with the guy/girl of your dreams, this is the place to be.

8. Enjoy a nice ice cream

Between all the walking and exploring these beautiful places, you’ll need some ice cream to keep going. Close to the market, you will find an amazing gelateria with the best ice cream & waffles of the city!

  • Where? Fred’s, Eiermarkt 20, Brugge
  • Open? Monday till Saturday from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

9. Be amazed by the beautiful architecture

Bruges is very historical and has so many beautiful building and facades, that it is just fun to walk around.

Of course there is so much more to see in Bruges, but we only had a couple of hours in the city, so we weren’t able to do everything there. Here are some other nice spots you would like to see when going to Bruges:

  • Beguinage (Begijnhof) – more info
  • Bruges Beer Museum (Brugs Biermuseum) – more info
  • Choco-Story (Choloate Museum) – more info
  • Major Seminary (Grootseminarie) – more info
  • Saint Jacob’s church (Sint-Jakobskerk) – more info
  • Burg – more info
  • Fish market – more info
  • Minnewaterpark – more info


Hope you enjoyed reading about our fantastic daytrip in Bruges. If you have any questions, please let us know, maybe we can help you!

Please follow us on instagram (@belgian.travelcouple) to join our adventures!

And many more stories will come… so stay tuned!

With love,

Inne & Gilles



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