48 Hours in Bruges, Belgium
location: Brugge, Belgium

Belfort, Markt Square

Sometimes known as the ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges, or Brugge, is a top destination to visit. With its fairytale architecture and delicious, potent beer, this place is a dream.

Hoegaarden at BAR’N

We made a bit stop for two nights here on a drive back to Hamburg, but I could’ve stayed weeks! The pure magic in this little city is unbelievable. Waking up to church bells, wandering around looking at Christmas lights, and falling asleep happily full of beer and waffles.

Bruges, Belgium

To Stay

Hotel Prinsenhof

Hotel Prinsenhof

Located just a few blocks from the main square, this hotel is a charming boutique hotel. It features spacious rooms, some with balconies and giant bath tubs. It is also pet friendly! It is walking distance to most of the main attractions in the Bruges old city center.

Hotel Prinsenhof Bar

To Eat

There are so many cafes and restaurants around the city center! Just walk a few steps and you will find one. There are a lot of Italian restaurants, and everywhere is serving Belgian beer. It is also pleasant to sit outside in the winter because most establishments have outside heaters and blankets!

Kwāk Beer

To Do

Explore old Bruges just by walking around. This is the kind of place it is fun to just wander about and see where you can stumble on. Like a Christmas market, giant beer store (Bruges Beer Experience), or canals. This is definitely a place for exploration. There are also lots of breweries around the area. We were a bit limited with the dog and the rain, so we jumped from cafe to cafe enjoying ourselves.

Bruges Beer Experience Store

To See

The Belfort

A 13th century belfry and carillion is located in the middle of Markt square and tilts slightly to the left. It is the centerpiece for their markets and Christmas market. Tours are available and allow you to climb 83 meters and 366 steps to the top. Fun fact: apparently it wasn’t built straight and therefore leans to the left! Can you tell?

Belfort, Markt Square

 

Bruges is such a charming town and I would love to go back one day to spend more time. Preferably when it is not cold and raining! However, it was really nice seeing everywhere still decorated for the holidays and the Christmas market still happening. Bruges, you will always have a special place in my heart since you were the first new place I visited in 2020 and the new decade. Thanks for the memorable adventure.

Belfort, Markt Square

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