Bruges is a very pretty Flemish town in Belgium and I truly think that it’s worth visiting. Since Belgium is a small country, I decided to take a bus to Bruges from Chareloi airport, which took about two hours. I found this comfortable, low-cost couch service called Flibco, which went directly from Brussels-Chareloi airport to Bruges. I enjoyed the trip very much and I am writing down what I did in Bruges in two days.
- Walking around the town: I walked around the town a lot. First day with Anna and the second day by myself. All the attractions are in walking distance as it is a small town. It is a lovely town to go around on your feet. I enjoyed the ample green spaces, the historical buildings, the canals, the strikingly beautiful churches and palaces and the outdoor markets.
- Beer, fries and chocolates: Considering how famous Belgium is worldwide for these three things, I enjoyed the fries, beers and chocolates on the parks, the canalsides, the parks and the lovely town square under the sun. I also had a book with me that I was reading, so it was perfect. I really enjoyed the carefree traveling and exploring.
- Visiting the attractions and landmarks: I enjoyed visiting the town hall (with the possibility of climbing the tower for panoramic views of the town), the main square (called Markt), the city center (UNESCO world heritage site for its outstanding historical value), Church of Our Lady, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Old St. John’s Hospital, the cathedral, Liberty of Bruges, among others. There are also some interesting museums (which I didn’t visit). But just walking around the old town is wonderful, as the whole town is dotted with beautiful, medieval style structures and canal ways.
- Canal tour: Another perspective of seeing the town from the boat, passing under the many, old bridges and Gothic style houses right next to the canal. I really enjoyed the boat ride, as I love cities with canals and this one was so pretty at that.
- Visiting the markets: I went around Zand market on a Saturday morning. I didn’t buy anything, but it was interesting to walk and see the market stalls.
There are other things to do in Bruges as well, some of which I would have done if I had more time. Touring the museums and breweries, hiring bicycles and biking, renting horse carriages to tour the beautiful town on its cobblestone streets etc are the other possible activities. Not all activities interested me, but I still had a great time at Bruges.
I would recommend good footwear as the town is very walkable and good maps (as it’s easy to lose ways due to similar structures despite the town being small.) Bruges is one of the prettiest little towns I have ever visited, a bit too touristic, but I would love to go back again.