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How to Spend 2 Days in Bruges

How to Spend 2 Days in Bruges

While many people only spend a few hours or a day in Bruges, two days will give you the chance to properly get a feel for the charming old city and its numerous historic and cultural attractions. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Historic Bruges

**Morning:**Spend your first morning in Bruges in the heart of the medieval city center. Begin with the main square (Markt), which houses numerous cafés and attractions such as the Belfort (belfry) and the Provinciaal Hof. A 2-minute walk away, Burg Square is also worth visiting, even just to gawk at the Gothic City Hall (Stadhuis).

**Afternoon:**After lunch, head over to the Lake of Love (Minnewater), with its romance-inspiring gardens and waterways and elegant resident swans. From here, it's a quick jaunt south to the Beguinage, a medieval complex with traditional whitewashed Flemish architecture, a few craft workshops, and a history museum focused on the semimonastic Beguines of medieval Flanders.

**Night:**As night falls, head back to the Markt area for dinner, where you’ll find plenty of charming restaurants and pubs to choose from. If the weather is nice, try to nab a spot on a brasserie terrace for some top-notch people watching, or take an evening stroll through the narrow medieval streets of the old city.

Day 2: Made in Belgium

**Morning:**Spend your second day learning about Belgian products, notably lace, chocolate, and beer. Start with a morning visit to Choco-Story, a chocolate museum with displays about the history and manufacture of chocolate. Tastings are part of the experience, and optional workshops are available for those who want to deepen their knowledge.

 

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, head over to the Lace Center (Kantcentrum), housed in the former Apostline Sisters' lace school. Here you can learn all about lace-making and even see live demonstrations. Next, make your way to the Bruges Beer Experience, which offers an educational, interactive glimpse into the history and manufacture of beer.

 

**Night:**After the Beer Experience, you can stick around for a beer or two or head back to town for dinner. Beyond bars and restaurants, Bruges doesn’t have much in terms of nightlife, though the city does have a handful of nightclubs along with special evening events, particularly in the summer months. Any time of year, an evening stroll through the illuminated medieval center is a lovely way to top off your time in Bruges.

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Historical Walking with Chocolate and Beer Tour in Bruges

Historical Walking with Chocolate and Beer Tour in Bruges

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Experience the best of Bruges on this 3-in-1 walking tour. Meet your guide at a central location in the morning, and head first to a top-rated chocolatier, where you’ll learn about Belgian chocolate-making traditions and will do some sampling. Then, continue on a history-themed walking tour of the city’s UNESCO-listed, medieval center. Finally, venture to the esteemed Bourgogne de Flandres brewery for a tour and beer tasting.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Bruges Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Bruges Private Tour

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Get a local introduction to Bruges' highlights on a private tour with a guide who's passionate about life in the city. Enjoy the flexibility to customize the tour to your interests, as you take in historic sites, classic architecture, and colorful, canal-side neighborhoods. Stop to explore local markets and to taste some locally-made chocolate, then finish with insider tips for your remaining time in Bruges.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.12
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Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges

Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges

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Delve into the poignant history of World War I on a full-day tour of the Flanders Battlefields from Bruges. Follow in the footsteps of soldiers with an accomplished historical guide and visit moving memorials that immortalize soldiers lost in battles. Gaze at endless rows of graves at the German Military Cemetery; revitalize with a traditional Belgian lunch at a local restaurant; and visit Flanders’ Field Museum to see exhibitions that speak eloquently of the area’s turbulent past. Conclude your emotionally stirring tour by experiencing the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.
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  • 11 hours
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Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum in Bruges

Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum in Bruges

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Trace the delicious history of cocoa with a ticket to the Choco-Story Chocolate Museum in Bruges. From the ancient Aztecs and Mayans to gourmet European chocolatiers, discover how cocoa beans have been cultivated and enjoyed for centuries. See historic chocolate-making objects from around the world and learn the steps for transforming raw beans into creamy chocolate truffles, bars, and figurines. End your visit with a sweet sampling of fine Belgian chocolate.
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  • 1 hour
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BeerWalk Bruges (English guide)

BeerWalk Bruges (English guide)

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Bruges is renowned for its rich brewing traditions and many delicious local beers—and this accessible walking tour offers you the perfect way to discover both. Meet your group directly at the Bruges Beer Museum, and begin the tour within its walls. Then, continue on a walking tour through the city’s UNESCO-listed, medieval center. You’ll make multiple stops along the way, will learn more about the city’s beer history, and will sample five different brews as you go.
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  • 3 hours
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Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Flanders from Bruges

Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Flanders from Bruges

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Visit and learn the history behind World War I battlefields in the Flanders region of Belgium on this day trip from Bruges. You’ll trace the footsteps of Australian soldiers at sites like Fromelles, Ploegsteert, Messines, Polygoon Wood and Passendale. See mine craters laid by the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, and visit Menin Gate in Ypres for the “Last Post” ceremony. Lunch is included.
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  • 12 hours
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Bruges Beer Experience Entrance Ticket

Bruges Beer Experience Entrance Ticket

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Discover the stories behind Belgium’s famous beermaking heritage at the Bruges Beer Experience. Learn about the monks who were early brewing innovators, how best to pair beer with food, and the cultural aspects of beer drinking in a fun and interactive setting. Conveniently located in the historic city center, the museum also offers a special non-beer exhibit just for kids, plus a bar with more than a dozen Belgian draught beers for the grown-ups.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Bruges

Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Bruges

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Follow the path of WWI Canadian troops with a full-day, private tour of Flanders from Bruges. Visit the Grange subways and tunnels where the Canadian Divisions launched their Vimy assault in 1917. Pause for lunch in Ypres, then visit the Hill 62 Canadian War Memorial and the largest CWGC cemetery in Europe that records the names of 35,000 soldiers. Enjoy free time to explore Ypres, then attend the moving Last Post ceremony before returning to Bruges.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Walking Tour Bruges

Private Walking Tour Bruges

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors, this time-saver walking tour covers the highlights of picturesque Bruges in just a few hours. Tick off iconic landmarks in Grote Markt and Burq Square, from the Basilica of the Holy Blood to the famous medieval-era tower, the Belfry, discovering fun facts along the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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