As I was helping my friend plan her trip to Brussels, she also mentioned wanting to spend 24 hours in Bruges! I think a little day trip while on vacation is always a fun change and gives you the chance to explore another area. Since Bruges is only an hour long train ride from Brussels, I really encouraged her to give it a try!
The train station isn't far from the city center, which is where I told her to head first! The historic center of Bruges and the Markt are supposed to be just fantastic! You can experience the incredible architecture and enjoy people watching around the entire square. I also encouraged her to climb the historic bell tower to see the most incredible panoramic views of the city!
There is also an amazing brewery in Bruges called the Half Moon Brewery. They have some of the best beer in Belgium and it is certainly worth taking the tour as well! This would be a great mid-day stop in Bruges.
Many people rave about the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which actually has drops of blood from Jesus. Pretty interesting!
Bruges also has a fantastic art museum called the Groeninge. It's a very small art museum but it is supposed to be absolutely fantastic!
I also gave her a few quirky places to visit like the Frites museum, to learn all about Belgium's french fry culture! And of course, Dumon Artisanale Chocolatier. This is THE place to go for chocolate in Bruges. Yum Yum!
The perfect mix of walking, culture, exploring and of course eating.
What are your favorite things to do in Bruges?