Bruges, Belgium

A medieval city known for its cobblestone streets, winding canals, and stunning Flemish architecture, the city of Bruges was once a chief city of major economic importance. Today, it is one of Belgium’s most-visited cities, and for good reasons. Being only 45 minutes from Lille, I had the chance to go twice this summer, both times with different groups of friends, including Shannon! Here are some of my favorite highlights of Bruges:

The Markt of Bruges:

Located in the heart of the city, admiring the Markt— the colors, the architecture, and the overall atmosphere, is a must.




Climb the Belfry:

For a mere 6 euros if you are under 26, you can climb the 336-stair belfroi to admire the most stunning views of the city. What I perhaps found most impressive, however, was just how compact the city of Bruges actually is!




Take a Canal Ride:

Known as the “Venice of the North,” there are many canal rides offered throughout the city. Admiring Bruges from a boat is definitely a great way to kick back and relax!


Drink Beer & Eat Waffles/Fries:

Belgium is famously known for its three key food groups: beer, waffles, and fries. There are a lot of great breweries and bars in Bruges, my favorite being 2be, which contains a vast variety of the best Belgian beers.





Sometimes the best way to see a city is just to get lost! Luckily, there is something new and beautiful to look at around every corner!

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