I absolutely loved my recent trip to Bruges, it’s such an amazing city. I enjoyed wandering around the medieval buildings and beautiful canals. I arrived by train from Brussels. The trains in Belgium are easy to use and are run frequently. When I arrived at Bruges station it was a 10 minute walk from the centre. Everything in Bruges is within walking distance so its easy to get around.
If you haven’t seen the movie In Bruge I would recommend watching before you go. Its a dark comedy about two Irish hitmen starring Colin Farrel. It features all the beautiful buildings of Bruges. Also a lot of the walking tours will show you key places from the movie.
What to do in Bruges
- Visit the market square
- Canal boat tour
- Get lost wandering the beautiful streets
- Explore at night the market square and buildings around the canal are all lit up
- Free walking tour
- Eat waffles
- Enjoy a hot chocolate
- Beer tasting
- Try some of the famous Belgian fries
- Eat loads of Belgian chocolate
Accommodation – Lybeer Travellers Hostel
Lybeer Hostel Lounge – Photo from Hostelworld
This hostel was great not too far from the station. Ideal for solo travellers as they have a lounge and people seemed very sociable. I met a group of people and went to a free outdoor concert which was brilliant. This hostel also has a bar and holds beer tasting evenings. I would recommend this hostel and would stay here again.
Overall I had an amazing time in Bruges, it was my favourite place I visited in Belgium. I could have spent longer here as I didn’t get to do and see everything I wanted. Next on my list of places to visit in Belgium is Ghent!
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What to do in Brussels
Visit Grand Place
This is the central square of Brussels with beautiful gold buildings. In August there is a massive flower carpet so I will definitely have to visit again to see this.
Comic Strip Walk
There are many comic murals around Brussels, some featuring the Belgian cartoon Tin Tin.
One of the most famous statues in Brussels and also one of the most overrated attractions. The statue is very small, but it is close to the Grand Place and lots of waffle stores.
Mont des Arts viewpoint
I visited this point on a walking tour its worth a visit for the beautiful garden and view of Brussels.
Food & Drink in Belgium
The waffles in Belgium are amazing! So many toppings to choose from although they are pretty messy to eat. I went on a walking tour and the tour guide said locals only get waffles with sugar no other toppings, unless in a restaurant where you can sit down with a knife and fork so it’s less messy. If you go to Belgium you have to try the waffles.
The fries taste so good they are double fried so are very crispy and cooked in beef fat for extra flavour. My favourite place for fries was cafe Georgette which was recommended by a tour guide (address: Rue de la Fourche 37, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium) Good portion of fries I got them with the Georgette sauce which is mayo mixed with ketchup.
Belgium has some great beers, head to delirium bar which has 3000 beers to choose from!
Accomodation – Brussels 2GO4 Quality Hostel City Centre
Loved the decor in this hostel it is very quirky in the common room. However wasn’t great for solo travellers as was a pretty quiet hostel. I was only here for one night good place if travelling with someone or want a peaceful trip. Good location right near the shops and about 15 minutes from the centre.
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