Bruges is touristy, there’s no doubt about it. But we’ve curated our top five based on the fact that sometimes, being a tourist is just the right thing to do.
1. Visit the Markt
At the centre of Bruges is an open market square, lined with alfresco restaurants and horse-drawn carriages ready to whisk you off on a tour of the cobbled streets. Grab a beer or a waffle in one of the café bars and soak up the bustling atmosphere.
2. Climb the Belfort tower
Just off the Markt is the Belfort. This 83m tall belfry, built in the 13th century, offers fantastic views across the tiled rooftops of the city and church spires. Visitor numbers are limited however, so expect to queue.
3. Visit the gigantic beer shop
Next up in our five ways to fall in love with Bruges, is an easy winner of hearts: Beer. Very much hidden away as another shop selling beer, 2be is a labyrinth of every type of beer you could imagine. Fruit beers in every flavour line the shelves in the cellar, whilst a plethora of bottle openers and glasses are on offer in the shop. Entry is free and it’s almost a museum in itself. There is also a bar and terrace to quench your thirst (looking at beer makes you thirsty, doesn’t it?).
4. Learn about fries
Yep, you read that right. Bruges has it’s very own Frietmuseum which takes you on a journey to discover everything you could possibly want to know about potatoes and fries. But don’t worry, it’s not all exhibits – entry tickets include a portion of fries in the basement frituur.
5. Take a canal tour
Our final tip to fall in love with Bruges is an activity that might seem to be the epitome of classic-tourist behaviour. But taking in the city from the canals gives you an unbeatable, alternative perspective on the city’s architecture and charm. After your trip, take a wander around the smaller, quieter streets to recover from the tourist bustle.
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