The centre square in Bruges, the Markt, is framed by pretty, colourful buildings while the impressive Belfort tower looms overhead. Lively with tourists, the square is filled with outdoor restaurants and horse-drawn carts waiting for passengers to jump onboard.
The centrepiece of the city’s skyline, the Belfort is 83 metres tall and has been around since the 13th century. While the climb to the top can be tiring, it offers gorgeous views of Bruges and is well worth the effort.
Open: 9.30am-5pm seven days a week
Closed: May 14th, December 25th, January 1st
Tickets: Adult €8, up to 26yrs €6
Heilig Bloed Basiliek
An eerie church, the Basilica of the Holy Blood is home to what is believed to be a vial that hold a few drops of Christ’s blood.
Open: 9.30am-12pm, 2pm-5pm seven days a week March (16) to November (14), 9.30am-12pm, 2pm-5pm Thursday to Tuesday November (15) to March (15)
Closed: Wednesdays November (15) to March (15)
Tickets: Free Basilica, €2 Treasury & Museum
Belgium is renowned for its beers and you won’t be short of finding a place to drink them in Bruges. With a vast range of around 700 types including fruit-flavoured, chocolate and Trappist, even non-beer lovers are sure to find a brew they like.
The streets of Bruges are dangerously filled with chocolate shops with windows filled with tasty-looking treats.