Of all the places in the world to visit, few are more beautiful than the Belgium city of Bruges. Filled with inspiring architecture and rich history, it’s hard not to get sucked in by the capital. However, if you’ve only got 48 hours to spend in the area, you don’t want to get too distracted. There’s so much to see and do here that every second counts.
Climb Up The Belfry
If you’re in the mood to see Bruges from above – and you love to exercise – the Belfry is an ideal monument to visit. Set in the center of the city by the market, the landmark is a sight to behold both inside and out. It takes 366 steps to reach the top, but the panoramic view is more than worth the effort. Just make sure you arrive early if you plan on climbing this tower because it gets busy quick.
Whizz Around The City
What better way to explore the city than in a horse-drawn carriage? It sounds like something out of a fairytale, but it’s an amazing way to see the sights in record time. For 60 Euros ($67), you’ll whizz down cobbled streets and winding roads as you marvel at everything that Bruges has to offer. The price might seem a bit steep if you’re on your own, but between four people, it’s a bargain!
A Museum For Every Occasion
Bruges is known for many things, with its museums being incredible noteworthy. The city seems to have places devoted to the most curious stuff, some of which you might not find anywhere else. If you like traditional museums, somewhere like the Groeninge Museum should be to your taste. However, if you want something that’s a little more out there, why not try Choco-Story or the Torture Museum?
Explore The Christmas Market
There’s no doubt the best time of year to visit Bruges is in winter. Europe offers some fantastic Christmas markets, and the Belgium capital has one of the very best. Bruges is a true winter wonderland at this time of year, especially if you’re lucky enough to get some snow. Browse traditional wares at the various stalls, eat some piping-hot local cuisine, and go ice skating as you experience the Christmas market from your dreams.
Make the most of your time in Bruges, and don’t forget to buy some Belgium chocolate before you go home!