Bruges is a beautiful city. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so because on our day trip there on Easter, it was mobbed! We showed up on the train from Brussels (read about the rest of our Belgium trip here) to closed streets, helicopters overhead, and mobs of people crowding the streets. A parade? We wondered, but it eventually became clear. A bike race, the tour de Flanders.
When the crowds cleared a bit, we headed toward the Markt and what an impressive square it is! The buildings are beautiful and there is no shortage of options for enjoying a beer or plate of mussels in the sun.
A canal boat ride is a must in Bruges, they were fairly reasonably priced and offered a different view of the city from the water. Yes, you are packed into a boat with about 40 other tourists, but everyone gets a reasonably good view, and the guides point out buildings you might not be able to recognize yourself.
We wandered along the canals out to some windmills just outside of town. It was a bit of a walk but a pleasant one along the canal with stepped roofs and gorgeous weather.
We came back to the town center, and enjoyed a few beers out on an outdoor patio. One thing I definitely appreciate about Europe is the willingness to eat and drink al fresco even when the weather isn’t really warm. At least in New England, one wouldn’t eat outside until it is definitively summer, here, the sun comes out and its time to have a beer on the patio!
Due to the holiday, most of the attractions were closed, so we explored the chocolate shops and cobbled streets. Its a very photogenic city. We wandered through the flea market along the river and ate waffles. Overall, it was a very relaxing day basking in the beautiful city of Bruges. I would love to make it back some day (when more things are open), we definitely enjoyed our day there.
Logistically, it is really easy to get to from Brussels, just an hour on a train that you catch at Midi/Zuid Station, and trains run pretty regularly between the two, so if you are in Brussels, its definitely worth the trip.