Top 10 Things to Do in Bruges, Belgium

Bruges has to be the most charming city in the world. Cobblestone streets, medieval architecture, canals weaving in and out of the city and decadent chocolate shops on every corner. It truly feels like walking on the set of a fairy tale. You could easily spend your days just wandering the quaint streets, riding up and down the canals, and eating your way through the historic district while admiring the picture perfect setting. The historic city is small enough to travel by foot and you really don’t need an itinerary while you are there. However, there is more to Bruges than strolling the city, eating waffles and frites. If you are looking for things to see in Bruges, have a look at our list of top things to do in Bruges.

Grote Markt

Start at Grote Markt, the main square in the historical city center of Bruges where the tourists congregate and much of the action takes place.

grote markt main square bruges

Belfry/Belfort Tower

Climb the 366 steps to the top of Belfry Tower for panoramic city views (∈ 8.00/adult; ∈ 6.00/over 65 and under 26; children under 6 free)

belfry tower belfort tower bruges

Church of Our Lady

Visit the beautiful Church of Our Lady and admire the white, marble sculpture of Madonna and Child created by Michelangelo. (∈ 2.00/adults; ∈ 1.00/seniors and children)

church of our lady belgium

Basilica of the Holy Blood

View the sacred relic of the Holy Blood (said to be the blood of Jesus Christ) at the Basilica of the Holy Blood.

basilica of holy blood bruges

Bruges Canal Cruise

Admire the city from a different view on a 30 minute cruise along the famous canals that wind through the city. (∈ 7.60/adults; ∈ 3.40/children 4-11)

canal boat cruise bruges

Horse Drawn Carriage

Give your feet a rest and take a ride through the UNESCO World Heritage Site on a Horse Drawn Carriage. (39.00/30 minute ride/up to 5 people)

horse drawn carriage bruges

Brewery De Halve Maan

Take a tour of Brewery De Halve Maan, the last remaining brewery in the city center of Bruge that is still active (∈ 7.50/adults; ∈ 3.75/children 6-12 and includes one complimentary beer for adults)

de halve maan brewery tour bruges

Minnewater Lake

Take a stroll over the bridge at Minnewater Lake (Lake of Love) with your significant other for eternal love.

minnewater lake bruges

Bruges Begijnhof (Beguinage)

Walk through the peaceful and serene Begijnhof (Beguinage), a monastery for Benedictine nuns that still reside there today.

beguinage bruges


Discover the 4 remaining windmills on the northeast outskirts of the city.

bruges windmill

 Have you ever been to Bruges? What were some of your favorite discoveries?


*Prices listed are as of July 2014 and may fluctuate


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  1. You are right regarding a charm of Bruges. This is my favorite city.

  2. Been interested in this place since seeing the movies ‘In Bruges’ just before Xmas. Looks like a charming little place, might have to head over for a long weekend this year. Page saved for future trips 🙂

    • Charlie and Brittany January 14, 2018 at 4:51 pm · · Reply

      Its a great little spot to explore for a couple days! And the food, of course, is the best part 😉

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