Did you know that Bruges’ historic city center is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO? It really should come as no surprise then that Bruges is something like a real life museum. From the ubiquitous Gothic architecture which predates the medieval times to the lively pubs, Bruges is the perfect destination for both history buffs and Belgian beer fanatics alike.
4. The Beer
- Try the historical pub De Garre. Concealed away from the main square, this hidden gem serves both regional and draft beers. You must try the Brouwerj Van Steenberge triple ale. This Belgian triple packs a punch at 11% ABV. For this reason they only serve three glasses max per visitor.
- 2be is one of the more well known bars in Bruges and has a massive wall of assorted Belgian beers. It’s a must! Enjoy a sampling platter on the idyllic terrace.
3. The Chocolate
2. The Architecture
- Belfry Tower- hike the 366-step clock tower dating back to the 13th-century to get a stunning birds eye view of the city. There is a 12€ entrance fee.
- Historium Bruges
- Provinciaal Hof
- Basilica of the Holy Blood- the basilica houses a phial supposedly containing a few drops of Christ’s blood that was brought here after the 12th-century Crusades. There is a 2€ entrance fee.
- Old St. John’s Hospital
- Jan van Eyckplein
- Burg Square
1. The Canals
During the Middle Ages, due to its dense network of waterways, Burges was considered to be one of the major commercial centers of Europe and its name is thought to have been derived from the Old Dutch word for “bridge”: brugga. Quaint Bruges boasts more than 80 bridges! Think Amsterdam with medieval charm. We highly recommend a canal tour to start off your trip in Bruges. It’s always interesting to tour a city by water as it offers new perspectives. If you’re only spending a few hours or even a day in Bruges, sailing the city is your best bet as you can knock out the most important landmarks in half the time. And luckily most landmarks are just a stones throw away.