Bruges, also called the Venice of the North. It’s one of the popular cities of Belgium and it’s worth a visit. Every year millions of tourist come and explore this small but gorgeous city with a large history. And that also something you see in the city center.
There is no doubt that a visit to Bruge won’t be a mistake. The only thing you’ll need to know is how many days/nights you’ll need to visit and explore the Venice of the North.
Citytrip to Bruges – How many days/nights needed?
Bruges isn’t a very big city but there are a lot of interesting sights to see and visit. We would recommend, based on our experiences in Bruges, to spend at least 2 full days to explore the city center. Because there is a lot to see and to do.
Bruges in 1 day
Depending on the time you have to visit a city, how you organise your day is very different. If you only had 1 day to visit Bruges, then these are the must visits to see as much as possible of this picturesque city.
Planning a 1 day trip to Bruges? Make sure that you arrive early in the city at 9:30AM (CEST – Belgium time). Most musea, stores, .. are opening between 9:30 and 10:00 AM. If you want to spend some time in Bruges without a lot of tourists, come earlier. Need breakfast? There a great places to start the days with an awesome breakfast.
The first stop in Bruges should be the Belfry (Belfort) of Bruges. It’s the most important tower of Bruges and is 83 meters high. It takes you 366 steps to climb the Belfry. But once you’re at the top, you have a breathtaking view over Bruges.
The Belfry is located at the Market Square in the heart of Bruges. There you take the Horse-drawn Carriage. It’s a half-hour ride along the historic city center while the coachman give your information of the things you see along the route.
There are a lot of excellent places to eat in Bruges. But I wouldn’t recommend to eat at the Market Square or at ‘t Zand or any other high touristic place/square. I’ll create a list of interesting places to eat, just like the locals in Bruges.
Next to the Horse-drawn Carriage, you can also take a boat tour. The tour takes you to the most beautiful places of Bruges so you can see them from a different angle.
Others cities close to Bruges
Are you planning a trip to Bruges? A great idea! But it’s also a good idea to visit some extra cities as well. Belgium is a small country in Europe but has some great cities to offer. Like Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent. But also in the neighboring countries you can easily visit a city. Like: Paris, London and Amsterdam.
What’s the best period to visit Bruges?
Bruges is one of those cities that attracts tourist throughout the year. Bruges has a lot to offer at every time of the year. But in our opinion we wouldn’t suggest to visit Bruges in October and November. Those are the most rainy months. The best period is the summer. Ideal to explore the city center on your own pace.
A lot of people only come to Bruges for just one day. If you only have 1 day to visit Bruges, don’t worry. You’ll be able to get a good glance of what the city has to offer. But a minimum stay of 2 nights is recommended.
Where is Bruges located?
Bruges is the main capital of the province West-Flandres in Belgium. It’s located on about 100km of the capital city Brussels and at 20km of the sea.
How to get to Bruges (Belgium)
For all foreign tourists, we would recommend to go to Bruges by train. The Belgian railways are good and from the capital city Brussels, you’l need approximately 1h to reach Bruges.
One tip: the Belgian railways aren’t very punctual. So keep in mind that it could take some extra minutes to reach your destination. Certainly when you have a transfer on another train or plane.