Day Trip to Bruges: Top 5 places you must see

One of Belgium’s most visited places is Bruges. It has always been very touristic, being called the little venice of Belgium, but since the movie “In Bruges” it really got famous.

I have been there many years ago with school, but my boyfriend never been to Bruges. So we decided to take our free sunday and turn it into a day trip.

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Below I will share some unedited pictures we took on the 5 places we think you must see while walking (or biking if you prefer) around Bruges.

Starting from the train station, south of the city.

 

1. The Beguinage (Begijnhof)

First place you can visit going up north from the train station is the Beguinage, a world heritage site dating from 1245. This is the place where the beguines used to live. Beguines were women, who decided for themselves to live a devoted and celibate life, without taking any vows.

Nowadays nuns of the order of St. Benedict live there in the charming white-colored house fronts and cute covent gardens. Outside of the beguinage you find many swans chilling together during spring and summer.

 

 

2. Rozenhoedkaai

After having a stroll at the calm Beguinage, it’s time to hit the city center! Moving more up  you will find a district that is very much photographed: the Rozenhoedkaai. And I understand why.

Just let the pictures speak for themselves…

Tip: if you are interested in a canal tour, many boat tours start from here.

 

 

 

 

3. Market Square with the Belfort “Belfry”

The big market square of Bruges has some amazing buildings from the 12th Century such as the provincial Court and the famous Belfry Tower. It was renovated in 1995 and without parking places, the large square is mostly traffic free.

Every wednesday morning they have the weekly market on the square. So go take a look if you are there on a wednesday.

What I loved the most are the cute colored houses and facades.

 

 

4. Mills of Kruisvest

After visiting the center, it is time to move more north east. Stroll along the streets of Bruges til you reach the park of Kruisvest. It’s a perfect spot to chill in the grass and have a picnic or a 4 o’clock snack.

There are 4 mills (from North to South)
– Koeleweimolen, an 18th century mill that is still operating
– De nieuwe Papegaai, a cute red mill
– Sint-Janshuis Molen, the only one open for visitors
– Bonne Chiere Molen, a blueish white mill with a cool view

 

5. Canal walk and Medieval gates

Now we will walk back from the mills to the station alongside the canal. It’s a long walk but there is a lot to see.
There are a total of 4 preserved medieval gates surrounding the Bruges city. On the way back from the mills, you can see 2 of those medieval gates and the very pretty views of the canal.

We also found a cute spot with purple flowers full with bumblebees. We had to test our camera’s macro option.

 

 

 

FOOD TIPS:

As we both live in Belgium, I didn’t talk about the food specifically as we eat it so often. But of course when in Bruges, the things you can and should try are our Belgian Beers, Belgian Waffles, Belgian Chocolates and Belgian Fries! And when in season: Mussels with fries!

Just avoid eating at the Market Square, where Belfry is. To me it really feels as a tourist trap with low quality foods for higher prices. We actually made that mistake, because we were walking around and lost track of time. I was getting really hangry at the time we were in the grand market, so we chose to enter one of those brasserie restaurant: biggest mistake… we paid too much for poor meat and shitty fries and some side salad with still some sand in it.. Never..again…

There is also a chocolate museum and fries museum to add to your trip if you are interested in their history.

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Final words and one more tip

One more tip: go see the Minnewaterpark. This park is a very pretty park. Unfortunately when we went, there was a (paid) music festival going on there and we couldn’t enter. It is very close to the station and the Begijnhof, so you can easily take a walk there when you visit… if there are no festivals going on haha

All by all the trip was great, we were lucky with the sunny weather (not so much with the sunburns, but that is my own stubbornness of not wanting to take sunscreen with me) and really enjoyed strolling around in the center.

I will finish with more pretty pictures we took of Bruges, during the tour we made.

 

For more information about Bruges, you can always check the tourist site of Bruges here.

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19 Comments

  1. July 15, 2017 / 09:47

    These pictures are amazing! I am planning a day trip to Belgium from Paris in the fall and it looks like it will be Bruges over Brussels! I am really looking forward to the food and taking pics of this quaint city!

    • jessikat
      July 15, 2017 / 09:59

      Amazing! if you have question you can ask them. Oh I prefer Bruges over Brussels , so I think you are making a good choice

  2. July 15, 2017 / 09:54

    I’ve been dying to visit Bruges! But its still on the list. Thanks for this though, it was really helpful in working out what to see and where and will definitely help me when i go! Looks so amazing!

    • jessikat
      July 15, 2017 / 10:00

      Thank you for the words! I am glad it helped you a bit! . Just walking around bruges is so amazing ! you will love it

  3. July 15, 2017 / 09:54

    Loooove Bruges. It is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Maybe I am biased since I am from Belgium 🙂 The tiny streets, the quaint squares, the canals, the great food, the lovely houses, everything in Bruges is beautiful.

    • jessikat
      July 15, 2017 / 10:00

      I love Bruges too! And I am from antwerp so maybe a bit biased. But I prefer over brussels anyyy day

  4. July 15, 2017 / 09:57

    Bruges is such a pretty city. I’ve only been to Brussels so far and hope to make it here myself someday. Lovely photos!

    • jessikat
      July 15, 2017 / 10:01

      Thank you so much! When you come back , you should do Bruges and Ghent! You will like it

  5. July 15, 2017 / 10:11

    Great list of activities to do in the lovely Bruges! We recently went to Bruges, but didn’t see all of these! Love the photography as well! Great shots 🙂

    • jessikat
      July 15, 2017 / 10:17

      Thank you so much! Did you like Bruges? I am still learning to photograph haha

  6. July 15, 2017 / 10:19

    great post. Your tips will go on our list for our visit to Bruges next year.

    • jessikat
      July 15, 2017 / 10:20

      GREAT! Glad I could add something to it! thank youu

  7. July 15, 2017 / 10:27

    The photos in this post are incredible! I’ve been to Bruges once with my family when I was really young, but I’d love to go back now I can choose where to go and what to say. I’ll definitely be following this list! Thank you 🙂

    • jessikat
      July 15, 2017 / 10:29

      Bruges is enchanting for all ages! you will like it now , specially now you can drink beers ( try the cherry beer it is my favorite). thank you, glad If i can help you

  8. Becky
    July 15, 2017 / 18:31

    Wow Bruges looks amazing. I’ve wanted to go to Belguim for ages but still not quite got around to it. but I defintely want to go here now!

    • jessikat
      July 15, 2017 / 20:28

      Oh yes! When in Belgium go to Bruges^^ you will like it

  9. July 16, 2017 / 08:46

    This is actually a very comprehensive guide to the highlights of Bruges. I see that you live in Belgium, so if I may give one piece of advice – next time you go to Bruges, make sure to spend the night there (or catch the very last train home). You will be amazed at how very different the town is late in the evening when all the day tourists are gone. It’s a fantastic experience, and one I recommend to everyone.
    As for food, when in Belgium, do like the Belgians – if hungry and looking for a good quick bite, just find the nearest ‘fritkot’ and you get a decent meal at a normal price.

  10. July 16, 2017 / 20:18

    Beautiful pictures! I visited Ghent and Brussels, but not Brugges so far.
    btw, last year a super popular Bollywood movie showed a bit of Bruges and now so many more people want to go there too:)

    • jessikat
      July 17, 2017 / 03:23

      Really? Do you know the movie’s name? I would love to check it out! Haha oh Ghent is a bit alike, but Bruges has more canals and charm haha ! Thank you

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