At the beginning of the month Matt and I spent a lovely long weekend in Belgium exploring Bruges, Ghent, Brussels and of course spending a day at the Tour of Flanders for the cycling which you can read about here. Bruges was our first stop for the weekend and safe to say we managed to pack a lot in during 24 hours! I’ve therefore put together a recommended itinenary of top things to do and places to visit if you’re short on time whilst visiting this beautiful place 🙂
The Belfort located in the centre of the city is a medieval bell tower which when you’ve climbed all 370 steps provides spectacular views of the city if you’re lucky with the weather. If you’re under 26 you can get a discount so I think for us it was 8 euros each. Don’t take a large bag with you and make sure you wear suitable footwear the steps can get quite steep and tight but it is definitely worth it 🙂
Belgium is of course very famous for it’s chocolate so what better place to visit than the Chocolate Museum? Located just north of the main square the museum situated over multiple floors tells the story of chocolate – clues in the name! It is actually really interesting hearing the history behind it and looking at artifacts from around the world. The best bit though quite obviously is the chocolate making demonstration near the end where you get to sample some of the delights!
Bruges is one of the most picturesque places I’ve visited with every single building being beautiful. It’s lovely wondering around looking at the architecture and on every street you’ll find another hidden walkway to wonder through. Bruges is the perfect size because even if you feel lost you’ll always find yourself back in a place you recognise.
‘T Brugs Beertje
Now this place is where you really do experience typical Belgium. Hidden down an unassuming street this pub is the perfect place to visit for beer. The list of beers available is so extensive that when I was handed the list I though it was the food menu! The staff are extremely friendly willing to share their knowledge to help you navigate the long beer list. With a buzzing and warm atmosphere this place does get busy so be prepared to stand up for a little while.
So we ticked off chocolate, ticked off beer, chips was the other typically Belgian thing we had left and they really do get about 3 floors full of information about potatoes! If you buy a ticket for both the Choco Story and Friet Museum you get a discount which helps. Your ticket also acts as a voucher for money off in the restaurant at the end where the fries are pretty damn good!
A perfect spot for photos Minnewater Park is unbelievably peaceful with the swan-filled lake. The De Halve Maan brewery is also nearby so you can get a pint whilst you’re there. The brewery which has been running for centuries provide guided tours of the factory where you can see the production line and hear about the brewing process so a must for beer fans!
Have you been to Bruges?