Looking for recommendations for accomodations and activities for an overnight stay in Bruges...
When? How many people? Budget? What sort of things are you interested in? Any oddities requirement wise?
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Kim, within our first hour in Bruges, we threw all of our “planned” stops away and set about wandering around aimlessly.
It is that kind of place. Most of the city is flat and very easy to walk about. It’s the perfect place to explore without a purpose.
Unlike many cities, Bruges has few, if any, “must-dos” that we felt compelled to do. The city is a living, breathing attraction. For touristy stuff, TA’s “Things To Do” list provides a great checklist.
In the winter, you will likely find relatively few tourists (especially after dark) so any restaurant, attraction or shop that has any crowd is probably worth considering.
If you have specific restaurants in mind, do book reservations as many are small “Mom and Pop” type places with hours that can vary with demand.
Personally, we really really enjoyed the view and beers from the 2nd story of Duvel’s place on the square. It wasn’t even on my list of “must-sees”.
Explore the old center/square and snake along some canals- making sure to detour down tiny side streets and stop for an occasional beer or wine or a chocolate or cheese or mussels or frites- they are all incredibly tasty!
We bought a bag of bulk chocolate from a tiny local chocolatier and regretted not buying much more- and we generally never buy sweets.
“Old Bruges Cheese” is worth seeking out and stocking up on. It’s fantastic to nibble on as you walk or in your room.
We were told very little, if any, is exported and I understand why- it’s simply delicious and worth going back for!
We wandered into a tiny, random glass-blowers shop and spent an unexpected and unforgettable 15 minutes learning about the craft, buying ornaments and making a new friend. All because we split off the canal street down the tiniest of lanes and peeked in his window after seeing a flickering flame. It was magical and we put the ornaments up on our tree last month.
The hotel you are considering is a high-end, 5 star in a great location. We stayed in a small boutique a bit further away from the center (another 10 minutes on foot) at a much lower rate and really enjoyed it. We were very near the row of windmills. I’m under the impression most accommodations that are well reviewed here on TA are to be trusted.
I hope this is helpful- enjoy Bruges!Edited: 10 January 2018, 14:30
Number 11 exclusive guest house is fantastic