What do you get when you cross a city break with two girls born on the same day? If you didn’t guess the Goodbody Twins going to Bruges then I don’t blame you! Welcome to my post for Written From where I’m going to tell you about what not to miss in Bruges.
A quaint medieval city in the West Flanders province of Belgium, Bruges is well-known for its stunning architecture, fantastic beer and cobbled streets. Only 3 hours by train from London, changing in Brussels Midi, it is remarkably accessible for short breaks. My sister and I traveled there thanks to a deal I had secured on Secret Escapes, a discount luxury travel site, that included trains and hotel! We stayed at the delightful Hotel Prinsenhof, which I would highly recommend for the impeccable service and friendly staff.
Whenever my family goes on holiday we keep a list of all of the places that we go to with a score out of ten and occasionally a witty remark. This trip was no different! I’m going to let you in on the places that got the highest marks from my sister and I.
First up is an all you can eat ribs restaurant called … Bones. They really couldn’t have come up with a better name for it in my opinion as by the end of the meal you have a bucket of ribs stripped of their flesh next to you, and the healthy satisfaction of an incredibly good meal. After a long day traveling, we decided that after reading about this place online it was just what we needed and it did not disappoint. They have things other than ribs on the menu, but there really is little point ordering them as you’ll just be jealous of your fellow diners as they gorge themselves on the succulent meat!
If you’ve managed to eat enough to last you the entire weekend there, then you should head to the interactive history experience at Historium which is located on the main square. As a French History Graduate, I’m used to learning the facts in a classroom. Not the case in Bruges! Historium drops you into the golden era of the city where you follow an apprentice to the painter Van Eyck as he runs his errands for the day. I won’t say much more as it will spoil the surprise but it is definitely one of the most original experiences I have ever had.
After that you’ll be needing a drink. There are several brewery tours on offer and I’m sure they’re all very good. We happened to stumble upon Bourgogne de Flandres at the just the moment when we were getting a bit too fed up with the rain! The 10€ admission includes a glass of their eponymous brew which is absolutly delicious. The tour doesn’t take too long, probably 30-40 minutes but it really is fascinating, and for girls who like their beer as much as we do, it is the perfect activity for when the weather isn’t the greatest.
If culture is more your thing then head to the Groeninge. A museum that boasts six centuries of Belgium and Flemish painting. It is a beautifully curated space with exquisite canvases on the walls. I’m still reeling from some of the paintings as they simply were incredible. The Groeninge is on the site of a former abbey which adds to the mysticism of the religious subjects in many of the works of art.
All in all, I can’t recommend Bruges enough. For someone who is as lacksidical as me when it comes to planning there is so much to do that you can’t help but find something that will interest you. From the beer to the chocolate to the medieval architecture, you will thoroughly enjoy any amount of time you spend there!