Nightmares of City breaks past… seeing as much as possible in the shortest amount of time for the cheapest price possible. This normally meant a hotel which was far away from the city centre and most of the time spent on a hop on/off bus to see the ‘best sites’.
I wanted this holiday to be different, mainly because it was a surprise present for my boyfriend, but also because this is somewhere I’ve wanted to take him for years. In our first year together I got him a Brugge/Brussels guide book and now almost 5 years later we have finally been.
So here is a little guide to making the most of the beautiful relaxed place which is Brugge, based on our 3 day trip.
- Go to Brugge mid week – we went from Thursday to Saturday. Thursday to Friday was perfect, didn’t have to reserve any restaurants and could just walk around at our own pace. On Saturday it was very different, it was hugely busy and the Market Square was absolutely packed.
- Go ‘off-peak’ season – We went in February and even though it was a bit chilly at times I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if there were lots of tourists and it was really overcrowded. I really cannot stress this enough – before I went to Brugge, I looked up lots of pictures and saw it is the height of summer and it looked horrendous. There was no mad rush of tourists with maps, or people getting lots of selfies in the way, it was ideal.
- If you have any sort of travel anxiety then take the train – Brugge is so easy to get to, we took the Eurostar from London via Brussels and it was the simplest thing to get here. It was literally the most stress free travel I’ve ever done.
The centre of Brugge is like something out of the movies, old cobbled streets, canals and photogenic tightly packed houses, it’s not surprisingly that is it a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. The historic centre of Brugge is actually a World Heritage Site of UNESCO and it is easy to see why when you are there. The name Brugge comes from the old dutch word for bridge and when we got there it was easy to see why, I could have done a whole photo album on just the bridges and canals alone.
// DAY ONE // THROW AWAY THE GUIDE BOOK AND EXPLORE
Honestly first thing to do is just throw away the guide books and go get lost in the old city streets. Brugge is a bit of a maze but once you’ve worked out the tiny streets you realise it’s a smaller than you think. this way I think you can discover your own favourite places within Brugge and just enjoy the beautiful architecture of the old town.
This is something which we have failed to do on previous city breaks – we have followed the guide book religiously almost – but this way we could discover our own Brugge
Eat all the waffles, drink all the beer and eat all the chocolates.
This is a must in Brugge or Belgium. We stumbled across this amazing little place Lizzie’s Waffles and they were absolutely amazing. We had the best waffles and the best hot chocolate, it was down a little side street away from the Market Square but well worth it. A lot of the waffle stands near the main square look really thick and greasy but this was the complete opposite. It was really light and so delicious, and well worth the money for the size of the waffle – this actually ended up being our lunch because it was so huge.
For the evening we stumbled across a really sweet Italian, again down one of the side streets. Again this is a must for Brugge, explore all the side streets for fantastic restaurants. We looked at the ones on the Market Square and they were so expensive and the food didn’t look great – instead we walked less than 100m down the side streets and found a really good Italian for a third of the price
This was only day one and we were already loving Brugge. Late in the evening we continued to walk around Brugge then crashed out at the hotel.
Brugge // Belgium //