On the morning of June 17th, it was as if I woke up and instantly was thrown into the middle of the best chapter in a historic, medieval times fairy tale – from wandering through old windmills surrounded by giant trees, exploring quaint Belgian chocolate shops on every corner, and listening to the sound of horses’ hooves hit the cobblestone streets every few minutes, I felt like a princess all day long.
If you’re looking for a town where you can totally relax, enjoy delicious food and sweets, and absorb charming and profound history, Brugge is the place to go.
We started our morning fairly early after a good night’s sleep, at around 8am. We took the IC subway towards Brugge Central Station. This subway went directly there (we didn’t have to switch), which was perfect and easy. We purchased a return ticket, which costs €12.60 (if you are under 26 years old). This was much cheaper than we were originally prepared to pay, which was €14.60 each way, meaning we had a few extra bucks to spend on chocolate.
After we arrived at the station in Brugge, we hopped off the subway and slowly walked up a main street towards Rozenhoedkaai (the most photographed view in all of Brugge). Along the way, we stopped to check out Minnewater Lake, and Bonifacius Bridge. We discovered a flea market by accident, which made the morning even more perfect.
Obviously in the mood for more chocolate, we did some hunting, and picked out some boxes and bars to bring back home to family. There are so many flavors of chocolates – from standard caramel, dark, white or milk chocolate, to key lime pie, coconut, chili, fruit, and really any other flavor you can think of. There is something for every taste bud.
Feeling complete and accomplished, we wandered back to Brugge Station to catch a returning subway to Brussels. We returned around 8pm, after spending almost 10 hours in Brugge. It was a day with no expectations to begin with, but by the end of it, I was feeling that the day couldn’t have been any better.
Check out the places we visited, and the total cost of this day trip!
- Return ticket to and from Brugge: €12.60
- Rozenhoedkaai: FREE
- Minnewater Lake: FREE
- Bonifacius Bridge: FREE
- Grote Markt: FREE
- Belfry Tower: €8.00
- Flea Market: FREE
- Lunch: €8
- Biking to Dames: €7.00
- Taste Testing Chocolate: FREE-€0.50 per piece (varies in each store)
- Hot Chocolate at Dumon Chocolatier: €3.50
- Chocolate spending money: Up to you!