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The Best of Bruges

The Best of Bruges

Bruges is a charming city filled with canals, swans, and chocolate. My friends and I arrived via train. The train station is a good 20 minute walk to the Market Square. Needing some sustenance, and anxious to try Belgium's famous "frites," I fueled up before the walk.

Maybe a little too excited to be eating my frites.

Maybe a little too excited to be eating my frites.

Besides indulging a few times in these twice-fried fries, here are the best parts of Bruges to me:

Parks & Canals

Beautiful Bruges

Beautiful Bruges

The city is just visually attractive! Boat tours are available, but I just enjoyed the city on foot. Near the train station, the park Minnewater, you'll find numerous photo opportunities.

Bruges is such a photographic city!

Bruges is such a photographic city!

Chocolate & Waffles

A real Belgian waffle...

A real Belgian waffle...

There's just something about the way the Belgian's do chocolate and waffles. As for finding waffles, they're sold in several shops so I don't have a specific recommendation. And for chocolate...I'm sure you won't find bad chocolate, but the Rick Steves recommended Dumon was a fun experience.

Could a chocolate shop be any cuter?

Could a chocolate shop be any cuter?

Church of Our Lady

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child

As a fan of Michelangelo, I knew I had to stop in and see his Madonna and Child. This is said to be his only work to leave Italy during his lifetime. To enter and see the Madonna is free, however there is a fee if you'd like to see the other art in the apse.

Biking

Ready for a biking adventure!

Ready for a biking adventure!

The city is full of bikers, so much so that there are one-way biking streets. Watch for the signs or get chastised by locals!

Waiting to cross the canal on our way to Damme.

Waiting to cross the canal on our way to Damme.

I didn't learn how to ride a bike until I was 12...I was just scared and nervous. Perhaps that's why I'm not a great biker these days, and this biking adventure will live on in my friends' memories for ages. We decided to follow Rick Steves recommendation to get out of the city and bike to nearby Damme. It's a few leisurely miles along a canal once you cross the canal.

It's an easy, flat ride to Damme.

It's an easy, flat ride to Damme.

This windmill is right outside the city of Damme and we pulled our bikes over to take some photos, when the man running the windmill told us it was the free day to tour the interior. It was actually very interesting, as I had never been inside one or really knew how it worked.

Outside of Damme

Outside of Damme

The interior of the windmill

The interior of the windmill

Market Square

Market Square in the center of Bruges.

Market Square in the center of Bruges.

This square is surrounding by great old buildings and is an excellent place to soak in the atmosphere of the old city and people watch.

Some people do Bruges as a day trip from a cruise ship or The Netherlands. While that's definitely feasible, I enjoyed spending the night in Bruges and enjoying the charm of the city once the hoards of daytrippers had left.

A Guide to a Day in Brussels

A Guide to a Day in Brussels

Things To Do in Amsterdam

Things To Do in Amsterdam