Bruges: A Must When Visiting Belgium + Photo Inspiration
Are you planning to visit Belgium? Add Bruges to your itinerary!
While I post a lot about Asia because I spent over a year traveling there, I did spend 4 months of my round the world trip in Europe. One place I didn’t have prior plans to go but went and became very fond of is Bruges. I went to Brussels and had planned to visit for a few days when I changed my mind about staying. A lot of people had recommended Bruges and Ghent to me. I did quick research, booked a few nights at a hostel, and popped on a train.
Bruges is located in northwestern Belgium. The trains from Brussels leave the Brussels-Zuid/Brussels-Midi Station every half hour and if you are arriving from Paris, it is over 3 hours by train. When I took the train there, it was full, so the carriage was standing room only the entire ride. And because I arrived at night, I decided to take a taxi to my hostel since I didn’t know where I was going and I had a rolling suitcase with me.
Bruges is very walkable so if you have a backpack it is easy to walk to and from the train station. I had my rolling suitcase and the cobblestones would have been a pain in the ass, so I took a taxi. When I was leaving, the bus stop to the train station was just around the corner from my hostel so I rode it back to the station since this time I knew where I was going and it was daylight.
While I was in Bruges I befriended a couple of students from Asia in my hostel room. They were studying abroad in Spain and had a reading break. For 2 days we explored together, went to the Christmas market, visited museums, and ate a lot.
Here are some photos from my visit:
Belgian fries of course!
Gauffre or better known as a Belgian waffle
Oh, those cheeky Belgians!
Inside the Church of Our Lady
Grote Mrkt in Bruges and the Belfry
The Belfry at night
At the Christmas Market