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Belgium Tourist Attractions: Recommendations For One Day Exploring Bruges, Belgium

Updated on May 9, 2013

The Beauty of Bruges

A view of one of Bruges canals
A view of one of Bruges canals

The Best of Belgium Tourist Attractions

If you’re traveling to Belgium and you only have one day to spend in Bruges, you’ll need to make the most of it as this is an extremely unique little city to travel to. It is absolutely the best of Belgium tourist attractions. And, if you haven’t spent much time in Europe, this is one of the best places to travel. Bruges is truly one of the greatest Belgium tourist attractions.

To help orient yourself, consider starting out at the central marketplace, known as the “Markt”. An enormous open space, the Markt is surrounded by many of the old, renovated guild houses with their unique and charming, gabled buildings. Make sure to get a shot with your camera as this is truly picturesque and will make you feel like you’ve suddenly landed in a Medieval hamlet. While the Markt is full of eateries, I’d suggest that you wait to eat at any one of a number of other restaurants or bistros that you discover as you tour the city.

While you’re in the Markt, you won’t be able to miss the Belfort, the nearly 300 foot tall bell tower. If you’re a climber, going to the top will give you a most excellent view over the entire city.

Bruges Belgium: The Very Best Of Tourist Attractions

To get a quick feel for this antiquities-rich city, hop on one of the hourly bus tour trips (City Mini Bus Tour) located in the Markt that will help orient you. It will also give you an excellent feel for Bruges and all that it has to offer you. If you do decide to take this bus trip, I'd suggest that you do it early on during your visit as it can give you a much needed quick take on all the marvels that Bruges has to bring to the table. Tourist attractions abound in Belgium as it it but Bruges is the jewel.

Of course, you’ll have a map handy (you’ll really need it as the street names are very confusing). If you’re looking to understand some of Bruges history, you might next consider seeing the Burg, a relatively short walk from the Markt, birthplace of old Bruges. With it’s six centuries of architecture, history buffs will enjoy feeling transported.

Museums abound in Bruges and you can choose anywhere from the Friet (the French fry museum) to seeing a Michaelangelo depending on your own tastes. For the best overall feel of what historic life was like though in the Middle Ages Bruges, don’t miss the Gruuthusemuseum. This 15th century museum was restored in the 19th century to house an impressive collection of everyday household objects that the old merchant class used.

Antique architecture, artwork, food, shopping and sightseeing abound in the tiny, wondrous village of Bruges, Belgium. Whatever your choices or preferences, Bruges will likely have it for you in spades. It really is the best of Belgium tourist attractions. As long as you're in Bruges, don't forget to take a seaside short ride to Knokke Belgium as well, an adorable little town, upscale and inviting.

Finally, if you're looking for an insider's view of their trip to this magical place, go to this website: Explore Enchanted Bruges And Knokke

The Markt in Bruges Belgium


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