Armored knights, white horses and maidens-in-waiting. Moats, bridges and canals leading to ivy-clad castles and hidden corners off cobblestone walkways. Even in the 21st century, Bruges still oozes a medieval atmosphere.
The journey begins in the “Markt” – the central square area of Bruges whereby all side roads connect. If you’re feeling brave, climb the 300-plus stairs in the Belfry Tower and witness the most spectacular views of Bruges before exploring the city on foot.
Your climb is worthy of a snack, so treat yourself to a side of Belgium fries for 3 Euro from one of the many snack stands in the Markt and start exploring.
From any of the roads leading off the square you’ll stumble upon magnificent brick buildings from as far back as 1200. One your walk, make sure to stop by the lady making lace and watch her weave the strings that eventually become breathtakingly beautiful cloth meant for clothes, tables, windows and more. Stumble upon the artist’s corner, where Bruges residents offer their own perspectives of the city in oil, chalk or charcoal. Before you hop on a canal ride to see Bruges from the water – one of the more magical ways to explore the city – stop by the open-air flea market to see if you can’t find some ancient Bruges artifacts.
One thing about Bruges: it’s devastatingly romantic. Straight from a fairy tale, it’s impossible not to imagine your knight in shining armor clamoring down the cobblestone-streets on his way to rescue you from the Tower. It’s worth the day trip to fall in love with Bruges.
A UNESCO-protected city located only an hour train ride from Brussels, Bruges is the perfect day trip for any Belgium traveler.