Visiting Bruges was a dream come true for me! I’ve been planning to go to Bruges for a long time and I finally had the chance last Summer. As soon as I stepped off the train in Bruges I was hit by the beauty and uniqueness of the city. I immediately headed to the city centre, passing by narrow streets, tiny shops, bakeries and houses designed in all different shapes and sizes.
I soon arrived at the multi-colored Markt – the heart of Bruges, a square with buildings that have their roofs structured like steps. A long time ago this place was dedicated to medieval festivals, tournaments, and even executions. Today, the Markt is used as a meeting place not only for the local residents, but also for the many tourists that inundate the city every year – 3-4 million people from all over the world. It is also the perfect place for a market and if you ever go on a Wednesday, you’ll have the chance to get those fresh fruits and veggies. The square is filled with cafes and restaurants, so grab some lunch here and enjoy the ambience.
What’s the best place to see in Bruges?
Firstly, The Belfry, a 83 meter tall tower situated in the Markt which has no less than 47 bells. If you decide you’re capable of climbing those 366 steps to get to the top of the tower, you will be rewarded with a small break to visit the Old Treasury where you can see where the city’s public funds were kept during the Middle Ages. But the final reward is surely the amazing panoramic view over the entire city of Bruges. Trust me, those 366 steps are worth it for this view!
Bruges: A city of squares
Another fantastic square in Bruges is the Burg Square which combines a wide range of architectural styles, from Gothic to Neo-classicism, and includes a very impressive building: The gothic Town Hall. This is one of the oldest buildings from the Low Countries. So yes, this place is filled with history and great architecture. Make sure you put the Burg Square on your Bruges to-do list!
Chocolate Story Museum
You say Belgium, I hear chocolate! I did leave Belgium with a bag filled with chocolate, but Bruges also offered me the experience to learn more about the history of chocolate and to taste so many varieties. The Choco Story is an interesting museum which tells you more about chocolate – from the very first time it was invented to the latest trends. You get a small chocolate bar when you enter the museum, just to make sure you step properly into the story, and you also get a homemade praline at the very end of the journey.
A beautiful Bruges view
Bruges is surely a great place for amazing views and to make sure you end your trip on a high note, keep the Rozenhoedkaai for the very end. It’s one of the famous sights in Bruges and no matter the season, will take your breath away. I visited Bruges in the summer and I had the chance to see how the sunlight was reflected in the Djiver River.
I only spent one day in Bruges and managed to see all the top sights in this short time, but I am sure I have so many things to still see and discover in this beautiful small town. I loved Bruges peaceful vibes and vibrant colors and definitely recommend paying a visit to Bruges yourself. Make sure you say a warm “Hoi!’” (Hello in Flemish) when you arrive!
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