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How to Spend 1 Day in Bruges

How to Spend 1 Day in Bruges

One of Belgium's most popular tourist attractions, the medieval city of Bruges is compact enough that even travelers without a lot of time can cover a lot of ground. Here's how to make the most of one day in Bruges. 

Morning: Medieval Bruges

Spend this morning familiarizing yourself with Bruges, beginning in its medieval town center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start in the Markt, the main square that’s home to landmarks such as the Belfort belfry and the Provinciaal Hof. From here, head over to Burg Square with its Gothic City Hall (Stadhuis) and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Then make your way over to the Beguinage, one of the city's most popular attractions, which served as an abode for Beguines, Christian laypeople who lived semimonastically from the 13th through 16th century. Today this beautiful white complex houses a fascinating history museum and a number of traditional crafts workshops.

 

Afternoon: Beer and Chocolate

Head back towards the city center for lunch (if the weather is nice, there are plenty of terraces to dine on at the Markt). Just make sure to save some room for an afternoon of beer and chocolate, which, along with fries and waffles, are Belgium’s best-known culinary treats. Start with a visit to Choco-Story, the city's chocolate museum, where you can learn about the history of chocolate making and sample plenty of sweet delights; you can even sign up to learn how to make chocolate yourself. From here, head over to the Bruges Beer Experience, an interactive beer museum with its own 16-tap bar.

Night: Dinner and Drinks

Though Bruges is a quieter town and not particularly known for its nightlife, there are plenty of lovely restaurants serving up hearty Flemish and international fare as well as pubs galore. Your best option is to grab dinner and then head out to one of the many brasseries and bars to sip popular Belgian brews such as tripels, lambics, and dubbels. Finish your time in Bruge with a stroll through the old city, which looks particularly enchanting when it’s softly illuminated at night.

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Historical Walking with Chocolate and Beer Tour in Bruges

Historical Walking with Chocolate and Beer Tour in Bruges

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Experience the best of Bruges on this 3-in-1 walking tour. Meet your guide at a central location in the morning, and head first to a top-rated chocolatier, where you’ll learn about Belgian chocolate-making traditions and will do some sampling. Then, continue on a history-themed walking tour of the city’s UNESCO-listed, medieval center. Finally, venture to the esteemed Bourgogne de Flandres brewery for a tour and beer tasting.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.72
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Bruges Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Bruges Private Tour

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Get a local introduction to Bruges' highlights on a private tour with a guide who's passionate about life in the city. Enjoy the flexibility to customize the tour to your interests, as you take in historic sites, classic architecture, and colorful, canal-side neighborhoods. Stop to explore local markets and to taste some locally-made chocolate, then finish with insider tips for your remaining time in Bruges.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.56
Price varies by group size
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$61.56
Price varies by group size
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Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum in Bruges

Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum in Bruges

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Trace the delicious history of cocoa with a ticket to the Choco-Story Chocolate Museum in Bruges. From the ancient Aztecs and Mayans to gourmet European chocolatiers, discover how cocoa beans have been cultivated and enjoyed for centuries. See historic chocolate-making objects from around the world and learn the steps for transforming raw beans into creamy chocolate truffles, bars, and figurines. End your visit with a sweet sampling of fine Belgian chocolate.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.47
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BeerWalk Bruges (English guide)

BeerWalk Bruges (English guide)

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Bruges is renowned for its rich brewing traditions and many delicious local beers—and this accessible walking tour offers you the perfect way to discover both. Meet your group directly at the Bruges Beer Museum, and begin the tour within its walls. Then, continue on a walking tour through the city’s UNESCO-listed, medieval center. You’ll make multiple stops along the way, will learn more about the city’s beer history, and will sample five different brews as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.32
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Bruges Beer Experience Entrance Ticket

Bruges Beer Experience Entrance Ticket

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Discover the stories behind Belgium’s famous beermaking heritage at the Bruges Beer Experience. Learn about the monks who were early brewing innovators, how best to pair beer with food, and the cultural aspects of beer drinking in a fun and interactive setting. Conveniently located in the historic city center, the museum also offers a special non-beer exhibit just for kids, plus a bar with more than a dozen Belgian draught beers for the grown-ups.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.07
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Private Walking Tour Bruges

Private Walking Tour Bruges

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors, this time-saver walking tour covers the highlights of picturesque Bruges in just a few hours. Tick off iconic landmarks in Grote Markt and Burq Square, from the Basilica of the Holy Blood to the famous medieval-era tower, the Belfry, discovering fun facts along the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.99
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