For our last break in the hockey season we decided to drive to Bruges, Belgium. We had heard many great things about Bruges and decided since we were only a six hour drive away that we had to make the trip.
Where to Stay:
We stayed at a very cute Airbnb while in Bruges that I would definitely recommend. It was about a 10-15 minute walk to the city centre. The owners, Isabel and Pieter were extremely friendly and helpful with any questions we had about the city. The link for their Airbnb is below:
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Getting Around Bruges:
Bruges is a very walkable city, like most in Europe. The Airbnb we stayed at actually had free bikes that were available that we could use, if we wanted. This looked common for Airbnb's around Bruges, you could look for this while you are searching for an Airbnb if you like biking around cities. We walked everywhere, it was very easy to navigate the city and get around by foot. Nothing took more than 15-20 minutes to walk to that we wanted to see.
Things to Do:
De Halve Maan Brewery - This was an amazing brewery in Bruges. The tour was hilarious and the beer at the end was delicious. We are definitely big fans of Belgium beer now and I would highly recommend this Belgian beer tour.
Choco-Story - If you like history and want to learn about Belgian chocolate this is a good museum to go to. You get to try the different chocolates while touring around, too. If you want to skip the museum and just eat Belgian chocolate, I would say that's a safe bet too. Whatever you do, just don't miss the chocolate.
Frites - If you are going to the Choco-Story Museum, you may as well hit up the Frites Museum next as you get a a special price for going to both. This museum explains the history of potatoes and the production of Belgian fries.
Belfry of Bruges - The Belfry is in the heart of the city centre of Bruges. It is a medieval bell tower, which was used in the past for spotting fires and other dangers in the city. You can climb the stairs to the top of the tower for an incredible view of Bruges.
Chez Albert - The best Belgian Waffles in Bruges... they are literally to die for.
Quatre Mains - This is an incredible tapas restaurant that our friends recommended to us. It did not disappoint! Some of the best food we have ever had. If you like tapas, I would highly recommend going to this restaurant while in Bruges. It's hard to get in so try to make a reservation ahead of time.
't Brugs Beertje - This is a super cute local pub where you can find what felt like hundreds of different kids of beer on tap and bottled. It was a busy place, with lots of tourists and locals.
I hope a few of our suggestions helped you plan your stay in Bruges. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions before heading there. You will love all of the colourful buildings, beer, chocolate and frites!