One Day in Bruges Itinerary – Top Things to Do in Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, an hour away from the capital city of Brussels by train, is one of the major cities in Belgium that has recently gained popularity as a tourist destination because it offers rich Belgian history and culture. Bruges has managed to preserve its buildings and other structures for centuries which contributes to the city’s quaint, old-town charm.

One day in Bruges Itinerary


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What’s the best time to visit Bruges?

Since Bruges is a walkable city with many sights, the best time to visit would be in the spring, fall or summer when the weather is warm. The tourist crowds are heaviest in spring and summer and significantly less in the fall and winter. Generally, Bruges is busiest with crowds during the following public holidays: May Day (May 1), Ascension Day & annual Procession of the Holy Blood (39 days after Easter), and Whit Monday, also known as Pentecost Monday (Monday after Pentecost). Since specific dates can vary from year to year, it is best to check ahead to ensure your trip does not fall during one of these holidays.

Bruges in the Summer
Bruges in the Summer, Author: Marcos Fernandes, Source: Flickr


A few facts about Bruges

Bruges (or Brugge in Dutch) has the unique feature of having a canal that runs through the whole city and because of this, it is sometimes called Little Venice of the North. Bruges is also known for its Gothic architecture – the roofs of most buildings are spiked and date back to being built in medieval times.

Canals of Bruges
Canals of Bruges, Author: David Merrett, Source: Flickr


One day in Bruges itinerary

Top things to do in Bruges, Belgium

Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day in Bruges.


Watch the sunrise from the Kruisvest windmills

The Kruisvest windmills are 4 windmills located on Kruisvest street that originated in medieval times. All 4 windmills sit atop their own hill so it’s a great vantage point to observe the whole city. Next to the windmills, is Hof de Jonghe – a park where you can feed and photograph sheep. However, the time of year that you visit will affect whether the sheep are out grazing in the park. In the spring and summer, you will be able to spot the sheep but in the winter, the park will most likely be empty.

Kruisvest windmills Bruges
Kruisvest windmills, Author: Lola from “La Vida Lola”

Eat a Belgian Waffle in the Markt

The Markt is the historic market square in the center of the city that has restaurants, shops, hotels, hostels and parks. The Markt is also called the Historic Centre of Brugge and it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Waffles are sold by street vendors and shops for 1 to 3 euros, depending on the amount of toppings. When you are done getting your waffle, you can wander around the Markt. There are many museums and shops in the Markt, that you could spend hours exploring the marketplace. One important stop to make in the Markt is Choco-Story – a chocolatier and chocolate museum that displays the history of Belgian chocolate. And a bonus for visiting Choco-Story is they give out free samples! Free chocolate, anyone?

Belgian Waffle in the Markt Bruges
Belgian Waffle, Author: Lola from “La Vida Lola”

Explore the City on a Boat Canal Tour

You can’t go to Bruges without taking a boat tour on the canal that runs through the city. You will be able to view the city from a different perspective compared to just walking around the town. Boat tours run from March until November every year, since that is optimal weather, and a 30-minute ride costs 8 euros per person. For more information, see the official Bruges tourism website – Visit Bruges.

Boat Canal Tour
Boat Canal Tour, Author: Lola from “La Vida Lola”

Go on a Brewery Tour & Experience Nightlife at Bauhaus Bar

In medieval times, Bruges had more than 50 breweries. Currently, the city has 3 working breweries (named Bourgogne des Flandres, Fort Lapin, and De Halve Maan) where visitors can taste fresh Belgian beer and tour the brewery facilities. All breweries offer guided tours and tastings, so visitors are more than welcome to have a beer crawl and go to each one.

Speaking of Belgian beer, the Bauhaus Bar in Bruges has about 25 Belgian beers on tap and a lively crowd every night which is perfect for travelers to meet locals and experience a fun atmosphere.


Where to stay in Bruges?

Hotel ibis Brugge Centrum is a good choice because it’s around $70 per night and features a 24-hour bar. The hotel is also an interesting find because its building was built in the Middle Ages. The ibis chain also has another hotel next to the train station.

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ibis Brugge Centrum Hotel
ibis Brugge Centrum Hotel, Photo source:
ibis Brugge Centrum Hotel
ibis Brugge Centrum Hotel, Photo source:

For travelers seeking a hostel, Snuffel Hostel is a nice option that offers modern decor in private and dorm style rooms for about $55 per night. Snuffel Hostel also provides walking tours and free breakfast for its guests.

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Snuffel Hostel Brugge
Snuffel Hostel Brugge



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Extra Tips for Visiting Bruges

– If you can, try to get accommodations in the Markt. Since it is centrally located, you will be close to many of the city’s sights. Also, Legends of Bruges is a company that hosts free walking tours of the city’s main attractions during the day and night. Check the calendar on their website to see specific meeting times.

– Make your trip to Bruges even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for all the activities and organized tours in Bruges or around the area. Make sure to purchase your tickets to all the attractions right away to skip the queues.

Bruges, Author: Lola from “La Vida Lola”

For more information on Bruges, read Lolo’s blog post on her experience in Bruges, Belgium!


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