In Bruges

European City Break to Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is the ultimate chocolate-box city, full of quaint houses, pretty views and the most amazing chocolate, beer and fries you will ever taste. And with such a short trip on the Eurostar from London (just over two hours), it is easily accessible and the perfect place for a two night getaway.

Instaworthy City Break to Bruges, Belgium with pretty buildings

Upon arriving, Dan and I quickly marched ourselves to our accommodation for the two nights, Hotel Duke's Palace. The former residence of the Burgundian aristocracy, the hotel lived up to it's 5* rating and tucked away in a quiet corner of Bruges just a few minutes walk from the Markt, it was the ideal location to start exploring the city.

The first thing on our sightseeing list was to climb the Belfort (Belfry) in the Markt Square. Rising 83 metres from the ground, the Belfry of Bruges can be seen for miles and just as equally once you're at the top, you get such a fantastic view of the city and beyond. It isn't a climb for the feint-hearted as it takes a whopping 366 steps to reach the top, but it's a great attraction to take away the guilt of eating an authentic Belgian waffle afterwards!

Location spotting In Bruges, Belfort Tower

With an easy-to-navigate city and being given a detailed map of all the main attractions and landmarks, Dan and I did all of our sightseeing on foot. However there is the option for transport with either a half an hour boat ride along the canals, a horse-drawn carriage ride from the Markt Square or the choice to hop on a City Tour bus. The furthest we travelled out was to the windmills, which were about a 25-30 minute walk from the Markt and despite being super windy, it was a lovely walk.

Things to do with 48 hours in Bruges, Belgium + Marks Square

As a city break, Bruges is the perfect place for a two-night stay or long weekend. It was enough time to see all of the major attractions, try all of the local delicacies and even have a lie-in!

If you are thinking of going, be sure you have an evening walk around the main squares once it has gone dark. All of the churches and city buildings are lit up, giving the place a lovely atmosphere and the chance to see the city at it's best – when there are no crowds.

Many people class Paris as the city for romance, but to me, Bruges has it all.

Belfort Belfry Tower in Markt Square, Bruges, Belgium at night

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