Bruges is an incredible city – small enough to walk the entire city but more than enough to keep yourself busy. From bars with incredible Belgian beers to cafes with the best french fries you’ve ever had, plentiful museums and architecture that makes you feel like you’re in a long lost, quaint city.
Be sure to head to Bruges when the weather is decent so that you can take the time to lounge around at the numerous outdoor cafes lining the edges of squares across the city. Head to T Zand Square on Saturday morning for a huge outdoor market. On other days T Zand Square is a great place to peacefully sit and people watch at the cafes and bars. The T Zand Square is only a 5 minute walk from the train station or market square.
The walk from T Zand Square to Market Square is packed with every type of shop you could possibly watch from upscale designers and watches to gelato and toys. Market Square is another great area packed with outdoor cafes. Be sure to also take a quick tour of the Salvador Dali museum, located in the Belfry. The exhibit is not large, but is worth the 10 EUR to enter, open daily from 10-6.
Be sure to take the time to stroll down the canals in the city, as many claim they are more beautiful than Amsterdam or even Venice. It’s also a great way to escape some of the crowds during mid-day in the touristy squares in the city. For a longer tour rent a bike and really check out the whole area on the pathways that line the canals.
Bruges is about an hour train ride from Brussels on the local train, leaving from Bruges or Brussels about every hour. Tickets are about 23 EUR. If you are traveling from London you can purchase a Eurostar ticket from London to Bruges for a single fare. This does still mean you take the Eurostar from London to Brussels and then switch for the local train from Brussels to Bruges, but it is the same price as going from London to Brussels.