A Self-Walking Tour of Bruges, Belgium

Bruges Belgium markt

At 138.4km2, Bruges can be covered in half a day. I was especially exhilarated to be finally visiting this little city after watching the movie In Bruges (and watching one of the main casts jumping down from the Belfry :/). The plot was meaningless, but the scenes did set me up for what to expect on my day trip there. Bruges is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.

Bruges Belgium horse carriage

Bruges Belgium street

It is a 30-45 minute walk from the train station to the centre of Bruges. Be sure to stop by at the tourist centre while you’re at the train station to grab a map! The highlights below are in order from the moment you walk from the train station to the furthest major attraction in Bruges.

Recommended duration in Bruges: half day

Bruges, Belgium Sights

1. Begijnhof/ Minnewater

Bruges Belgium Begijnhof Minnewater

Be greeted by a family of swans.

2. St Saviour’s Cathedral

3. Church of Our Lady/ Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk

4. Rozenhoedkaai

Bruges Belgium rozenhoedkaai-2

This is the most photographed spot in Bruges. The Groenerei and Dijver canals meet, creating a romantic, charming scene.

5. Market Square/ Markt

Bruges Belgium markt street

Bruges Belgium markt

6. Belfry

Bruges Belgium belfry

This 13th-century belfry has a 47-bell carillon and is 83m high, offering panoramic views. Costs 6€ to climb up the 366 steps. I’ve been climbing towers in Ghent, Antwerp, Florence, etc and honestly, the views is worth every effort and penny you put in. I would never let any tower pass me by without conquering it. There are rest points in between and while the steps are steep and climbing in circles may get you groggy, the fact that the enclosed tower only allows you to see at most 3 steps in front of you before curving upwards helps make climbing up easier. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

7. Burg Square

Bruges Belgium burg square

8. City Hall/ Hotel de ville

Bruges Belgium hotel del ville

It is situated on the Burg Square.

9. Jan van Eyckplein/ Het voormalige hanzekwartier

Bruges Belgium Jan van Eyckplein: Het voormalige hanzekwartier

It is a former Hanseatic quarter. This part of the city used to be a thriving port in 1200.

Bruges Belgium red brick. first building restored

This red brick medieval building on this quarter is the first building to be restored in the 19th century.

Bruges Belgium authentic wooden facades. now prohibited cuz of fire hazard-2

What’s interesting about this wooden facade (above) is that it is an authentic wooden house that was prohibited from the 17th century onwards because of it being a fire hazard. You can find this along the road Genthof in the direction Woensdagmarkt.

Bruges Belgium christmas Kathe Wohlfahrt

Chanced upon this store between Markt and Burg, Kathe Wohlfahrt. It is a Christmas store, with little Christmas trinklets displayed on every possible corner of the shop. I was extremely fascinated by the cuckoo clocks, angels, chimes, wooden dolls and Santa Clauses that I’ve only seen in fairytale shows. This shop originates from Rothenburg, a medieval old town famous for its Christmas markets! I visited Rothenburg too and am equally enraptured by the little Christmas shops there! I will accompany a post with pictures of Rothenburg soon. 🙂

Bruges Belgium river cruise

When in Bruges, take the river ride if you can! It was a pity I couldn’t ‘cuz it was pouring the entire day. You’ll be able to see parts of Bruges that are hidden from the pedestrians on the streets. It costs no more than 8€.

There are also day tours that goes from Brussels daily at 11am. Check it out here! For tips on travelling to Belgium in general, Karen from Wanderlustingk offers handy ones.

If you’re in Belgium, don’t miss out the full Belgian experience by visiting Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp! Each offers their unique sights and vibes.

 

26 March 2015, Thursday

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11 Comment

  1. crazysumsum says: Reply

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  2. I’ve never thought about visiting Belgium before, but now you have me wanting to!

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  3. Hannah says: Reply

    This looks so pretty – I’m sorry you couldn’t go on the boat ride though! I’ve been itching to get back overseas (I live in DC) and Bruges is now on my list of places to go 🙂 I’ll be stopping by again to read about your other adventures! – Hannah, thecatsandcoffee.com

    1. That’s so nice. I haven’t been to the US, except for NYC. I’ve been dying to go!

  4. Leah says: Reply

    This looks amazing and so fun. It is so beautiful there. Such a tragedy from yesterday, but someday I hope to go to Belgium!

  5. How pretty! This looks like an amazing town to wander around in. 🙂 I love slowly exploring a new city on foot!

    1. You’re right! I love exploring Europe’s little towns by foot too!

  6. Isabel, thanks so much for linking to my guide to Belgium. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome Karen! Thank you for linking my blog on your Couchsurfing link too. Could you modify the link to: belaroundtheworld.com/couchsurfing-yay-or-nay/
      Thank you!

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