What to Do in Bruges in One Day

What to Do in Bruges in One Day


Bruges is a medieval town in the Flanders region of Belgium. It's popularity far exceeds it's small population, in large part thanks to the Colin Farrell film, In Bruges. Despite not having seen the film (I know, I know) I knew when we visited Belgium, that I really wanted to spend a day in Bruges! More than one day in Bruges would be ideal of course, but only having a weekend to visit Bruges and Brussels meant we had to make do with what we had.
Bruges is a city of medieval times and was one a prosperous port. Given that it used to be surrounded by walls with only four city gates, most of the things to do in Bruges are within a very close distance of each other. This makes it a great day trip from Brussels, Antwerp, or Ghent, but let's talk about how to get there later. For now, what can you actually do in Bruges in one day?
Market Square/Grote Markt. This large market square at the heart of the town is a great starting point for any day in Bruges. it was made traffic-free (except for horse and carriages!) in 1996 and became a World Heritage Site in 2000. There are lots of chocolate shops and waffle sellers nearby, so you can grab something to eat and people watch if you like, or just pass on through to your next destination.
Historium Brugge. The Historian Brugge takes you back in time through a reconstruction of medieval Bruges. Step into 1435 through a narrative story, portrayed by actors and the scene around them. It might be more entertaining for kids, or something to do on a rainy day.
Burg Square. Burg Square is located just down a street from Market Square and used to be the site of a fortress. It now has a variety of buildings that are everything from Gothic to Renaissance in appearance.
Rosary Quay (Rozenhoedkaai). This is one of the most picturesque, and consequentially, photographed sites in Bruges. The meeting of the canals with the classical buildings, including an old inn, gives it a romantic atmosphere, particularly when the trees are green, but even in the winter.
Groeningemuseum. The Groeningemuseum houses a rich collection of Renaissance and Flemish artworks, and it has some of the earliest Flemish art that you can see. It also includes 18th and 19th-century pieces and post-war modern art.

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