Bruges travel guide
A few days ago I spent three days in the magical town of Bruges. Bruges is in Belgium and is around 1 hour 30 mins from Brussels by train. I wanted to share a detailed post and share everything from Where I stayed, how I got to it and all of the touristy things I did. I really fell in love with this town, it has cobbled streets, medieval buildings and it is a town full of charm.
How to get to Bruges?
I flew from Dublin to Brussels airport Zaventem with Ryanair. I got my flights really cheap which was great. Then to get from Brussels to Bruges you can get a train from the airport. The train station was really easy to find and once you get in the arrivals hall follow the signs for the train stations. It is located on level -1 of the airport. There is a direct train every 30 mins from the airport or if you miss the direct train you can get a train to Brussels Zuid/Bruxelles-midi and then change and get a train then to Bruges. For more information on the trains click here. I found this website to be the most useful for navigating the trains.
Once you arrive at Bruges train station you can either get a bus which is €3 or you can get a taxi to your hotel which is roughly €10. Depending on where your hotel is you might also be able to walk to your hotel. Check on google maps to see if you can.
Where I stayed
I stayed in the most charming hotel called DeCorenbloem, the location was perfect as it was a few minutes walk to the market square. It was also a few steps away from one of the cute bridges that go over the canal. I liked the location because it was away from the hustle and bustle of the square but a few minutes walk to everything. I treated myself to a stay in the Empire suite. Each room has its own unique decor and charm. I would definitely stay here again. The only thing I will say is that I wouldn’t recommend to families. As the hotel has antique furniture and stairs it may not be baby friendly. It is perfect for solo travellers and a romantic break for couples. There is a beautiful garden out the back with a sun house. The host was lovely too and the little dog who lived there was adorable. I had the breakfast on both mornings and the eggs and bacon were delicious. There was also croissants and cereals too. You could have coffee and tea from the breakfast area at any time of the day which I thought was lovely. Overall it was charming, clean, friendly and I would recommend it. I felt at home.
Things to do in Bruges
Bruges is a town that you can easily navigate around. I spent 2 nights/3 days in Bruges and I think that is plenty of time to squeeze in everything. My biggest piece of advice is that everything closes around 6pm and 7pm except for restaurants. The museums close at 6 and the boat tours can stop from 5pm so make sure you get the Bruges earlier in the day to do those activities.
For €8 I got a boat tour along the canal, this was so fun. You get to see all the gorgeous buildings from different angles. It lasted about 30 mins. I went early in the day and there were no queues.
Climb the Belfry. Now, this is something I would recommend doing early in the day as the queue does get long. It is 366 steep steps to the top but it is definitely worth it. They can only let a certain amount of people in the tower at the same time which can cause long queues. It took me about 15 mins to climb to the top and the view is amazing!
Tour the brewery. For €8 you can do a tour of the brewery and you can get to go to a terrace on the tour that gives you a fantastic view. You also get to taste the beer and get one glass included in the ticket price. I actually liked the beer and ended up staying for a second.
Walk and cycle. You can rent a bicycle to get around the town. I saw lots of people doing this and the town seemed very bike friendly. I chose to walk the cobbled streets and just get lost walking around, taking in all the stunning buildings and stopping at all of the cute trinket shops. You see so much more when you walk around a town.
Taste the Belgian chocolate and beer. It would be a sin not to taste the delicious chocolate that Belgium is notorious for. You will find loads of shops selling waffles and chocolate. On Wednesday when I was there they had a market in the square. I got some delicious chocolate covered waffles. I also got some hot chocolate to keep my hands warm when I was walking around. You can try different beers too, just passed the market square is a pub where you can try different beers and sit out facing the canal and just watch the world pass by. My favourite was the cherry beer.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I have a Youtube video on my channel to so please check that out. Please let me know if you plan on visiting Bruges. I would love to go again but I think next time I might get the train from Brussels to Paris and squeeze in the two cities in one trip.
Thanks so much for reading,