Three Days in Bruges
Are three days in Bruges, enough? Let’s find out.
The city of Bruges, as the French and English speakers call it, or Brugge as it is called by the Flemish population, is, without a doubt, a city made for tourists. This town that was left behind as time marched forward is a tourist favorite. But, if you let that stop you, you are going to miss out.
So, what will you find here? Mostly, the town itself stuck in some kind of way back machine in the medieval times. Here you can stroll the cobbled lanes, and bask on the large and small plein (squares) while listening to the church bells chime passing time in your three days in Bruges.
As part of our three days in Bruges, I discovered Belgian beer. And, what a treat it is! If you think of yourself as a…. what would the equivalent of a “foody” be?…. a “beery”?
Anyway, if you like good beer, you are in for a treat. There is such a variety, that it is almost mind blowing. For such a small country to brew somewhere more than 300 beers is staggering. Stop in at Café ‘t Brugs Beertje for a real experience.
If you are not a beer aficionado, but have a serious chocolate jones, like my wife, then you have entered Nirvana. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is into chocolate like the Belgians, in fact they are the worlds number one exporter of the confection. They know how to do it! There are more chocolate shops in this town than you can shake a stick at. Check out the Chocolate Line when you are in Bruges.
More Things to Do on Your Three Days in Bruges
Of course, there are all kinds of museums, town halls, and what not to take in too, what self-respecting town doesn’t. There’s The Gruuthuse Museum, The Church of Our Lady, The Basilica of the Holy Blood, the bell tower on the Market Square, and so much more.
If you decide to climb the Belfry, be prepared to wait quite a bit. This is a very popular thing to do while in Bruges. (Update: Climbing the tower is a central part of the black comedy of a few years back, In Bruges with Colin Farrell.
The obvious thing to do on your three days in Bruges? Take in the canals of course. This is after called Venice of the North. So stroll, enjoy. I would also encourage taking a tour on one of the canal boat tours. You can catch them at five different locations:
Prices in 2015:
Individual: 8,00 EUR/person
Group ( +20 p. ): 7,00 EUR/person
Children ( age 4-11 ): 4,00 EUR/child
Private boat ( max. 30 p. ): 240 EUR/boat
I recommend picking up Rick Steve’s book on Rick Steves Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels for more in depth information on getting the most out of your three days in Bruges. That’s how we got started, and we still use his books from time to time.
In a down dedicated to tourists, you can expect to find hotels and B & B’s a plenty, in all kinds of price ranges. Our philosophy has always been to stay in small hotels and B & B’s rather than in larger more luxurious hotels that seem to isolate you from the real experience. We spend so little time in the room that it seems such a waste to pay for something that we will hardly use.
the one we recommend, is the lofty A-frame suite at the top of the stairs. A narrow, steep climb to get there, but worth it.
You will find the rates to be quite reasonable, considering the location in the heart of town. Prices include breakfast and were correct at the time of publishing:
Prices: Room for 2 : €85, with special rate for 4 night or longer stay of €75, Room for 3 people : €95, with special rate for 4 nights or longer stay of €85.
That’s just hard to pass up, isn’t it? Read what others have said about ‘t Geerwijn B & B. No matter where you finally decide to stay, you are going to love your stay here.Geerwijnstraat 14, 8000 Brugge, Belgium 050/34.05.44 firstname.lastname@example.org More on ‘tGeerwijn B&B
Oh, and don’t forget, during your three days in Bruges, there are lots of things you can see outside the city as well. Ghent isn’t that far away, and if you are into battlefields, there are some interesting sights to see as well. Like the “Flanders Fields Museum” in Ypres. Said to be the best WWI museum around.
Our Map of Things to do in Bruges
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