One Day In Bruges In Photos

Bruges is a  fairy-tale medieval town, the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, located  in the northwest of the country. When in Bruges, you can enjoy its  picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals, try some Belgian chocolate, explore photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches and old whitewashed almshouses. 

Here are some of my favourite photos taken in Bruges in December 2012 when backpacking Brussels on the cheap.

Streets of Bruges

Streets of Bruges

 

 I spot the tower of the Church of Our Lady of Bruges, as it’s the highest church tower in Europe. Saint-Salvator’s Cathedral is worth a look for its interesting tower, which had the top peak added later as it was considered too flat.

Local church in Bruges

Local church

Streets of Bruges

Streets of Bruges

 

I was astonished to discover the most delightful little city of canals and bridges, medieval Flemish architecture and higgldy-piggledy cobbled streets.

Bruges church

Spectacular Bruges church

 

You might want to stroll, amble and saunter down the streets of Bruges all day long or even for a whole weekend.

Bruges church

Often compared to Venice for its canals, Bruges also has a Florentine touch, evident in its Renaissance flamboyance thanks to a properous period in the 16th century.

bruges church

Bruges

One of the sculptures

 

Maybe you prefer a boat trip on the mysterious canals. An unforgettable experience! And a ride in a horse-drawn carriage must surely be the perfect romantic outing.

Boat ride in Bruges

Boat ride in Bruges

 

A visit to Bruges isn’t complete without a boat trip on its canals. Go aboard at any of the five landing stages (consult city map) for a half-hour trip that allows you to appreciate the most noteworthy delights of the city from a completely different angle.

Horse ride

Horse ride across the town

Local postcards from Bruges

Local postcards

Boat ride in Bruges

Bruges

 Like Venice, Bruges was famous for its high quality lace.

Bruges

Bruges

By the Burg main square, you’ll see that the traditions are still alive: lace shops and market stalls abound. Medieval brick buildings with their pretty gables complete the picture.

Bruges

Bruges windows

Typical Venetian windows in Bruges

Bruges city center

I loved the Christmas Market in Bruges. There was a great variety of local delicacies sold in the street. I enjoyed a plate of churros – famous in Belgium and Spain  fried-dough pastry. it’s definitely one of my favourite budget Belgian street foods.

Churros

Churros

 

Bruges is the chocolate city par excellence. The city has more than 50 passionate chocolatiers and acts as a genuine chocolate laboratory. Nowhere in the world will you find better chocolate.

Choco kusse - chocolate kiss sold at Bruges Christmas Market

Choco kusse – chocolate kiss sold at Bruges Christmas Market

Bruges

Bruges city center

Bruges main square

 

By the Burg main square, I saw that the traditions are still alive: lace shops and market stalls abound. Medieval brick buildings with their pretty gables complete the picture.

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Locals doing some Christmas shopping

Bruges Christmas

Bruges getting ready for Christmas

Bruges chocolate shop display

Shop displays

 

How do you like Bruges? Would you make it there for a winter walk?

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  • Jules December 18, 2013, 7:48 am

    Bruges has been on my list for absolute yonks. I really need to get there soon! No excuse really as it’s easy to access from London too. Lovely pics!

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    • Agness Walewinder December 19, 2013, 12:07 am

      Jules, it is so close to London. Take Eurolines bus it’s gonna cost you around 8-10 euro to get there. Absolutely worth it!

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  • Becky Padmore December 18, 2013, 9:00 am

    Ohh love Bruges very pretty city! You’ve captured it beautifully :-)

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    • Agness Walewinder December 19, 2013, 12:06 am

      Thank you Becky!

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  • Steve December 18, 2013, 9:03 am

    Bruges is a beautiful city to explore. Your post took me back in time to my last visit.

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    • Agness Walewinder December 19, 2013, 12:06 am

      I’m glad you hear that Steve, it’s totally worth at least one day visit.

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  • Maria December 18, 2013, 12:11 pm

    Everything from architecture to sweets – diggin’ this view of Bruges

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    • Agness Walewinder December 19, 2013, 12:05 am

      True.

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  • Rachel M December 18, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Beautiful town, would love to visit the chocolate factories and would definitely love to make it their for a winter walk.

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    • Agness Walewinder December 19, 2013, 12:05 am

      Yes, it’s a very charming place, like frozen in time :).

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  • Mike December 18, 2013, 5:08 pm

    I would absolutely get some churros to go then go for a canal ride AND and a horse carriage ride. Both are huge bucket list wishes for me, Agness! I love the picture of the Venetian window. But, your retro black and white pic was awesome, our friend! :)

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    • Agness Walewinder December 19, 2013, 12:04 am

      Churros are amazing Mike. Imagine having them with some melted hot chocolate. No, no, no – I can’t even think of them!!! My stomach’s crumbling!

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  • Samantha Anthony December 18, 2013, 10:29 pm

    Such a timely post! I’m headed to Bruges in a little over a week..so excited to see it covered in snow with all the Christmas markets! Beautiful photos, now I’m looking forward to my trip even more! Also your Belgium cheap food post was really helpful =)

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    • Agness Walewinder December 19, 2013, 12:03 am

      Hi Samantha, I will follow your blog to see what Bruges looks like in winter. It must be lovely there right now!

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  • Mary {The World Is A Book} December 19, 2013, 6:55 am

    Bruges looks so pretty! I have always heard it was the best Belgian city to visit or one not to miss and now I can see why. The food alone is very tempting.Beautiful pictures, Agness. You really captured the interesting architecture of the city.I’d love to go on that boat ride in the canal.

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    • Agness Walewinder December 20, 2013, 2:30 am

      That’s so true. In some way it reminds me of Venice and Amsterdam.

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  • Tim December 19, 2013, 11:41 am

    Bruges looks gorgeous!! ‘Fairytale’ is certainly an appropriate description!! I’d love to visit one day :)

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    • Agness Walewinder December 20, 2013, 2:31 am

      Totally agree Tim!

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  • Bridget @ A Traveling B December 19, 2013, 8:49 pm

    Beautiful photography! You have such a great attention to detail to your photos…I felt like I was there with you. I need to make my way to Bruges one of these years!

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    • Agness Walewinder December 20, 2013, 2:32 am

      Thank you so much Bridget. Great to hear that!

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  • Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans December 19, 2013, 11:10 pm

    I love Bruges! It’s been years since I’ve been there, but I recall enjoying wandering through the narrow roads and gawking at the architecture and quaintness of it all. That Venetian window is gorgeous too!

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    • Agness Walewinder December 20, 2013, 2:33 am

      Me too, I am so in love with the town! Hope to come back there soon :).

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  • Pola (@jettingaround) December 20, 2013, 7:35 am

    These are some GREAT captions! My favorite would be the chocolatier and Venetian window. It’s been a while since my (brief) visit to Bruges, but I remember that it was very charming (and fries I got at the main square were to die for!). Churros? Didn’t see that coming!

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    • Agness Walewinder December 22, 2013, 8:29 am

      Thanks Pola. I also tried these Belgian fries and they were so good, but churros win the competition, sorry!

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  • Heather December 20, 2013, 3:26 pm

    Such a beautiful place, and those chocolates look amazing! I was there a few years ago and it unfortunately rained the whole time. I’d love to go back and explore some more!

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    • Agness Walewinder December 22, 2013, 8:27 am

      I know, these chocolates were so yummy!

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  • Mike | Earthdrifter December 21, 2013, 7:22 am

    I feel that many people, including myself tend to forget about Belgium. These photos really bring out an exotic vibe.

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    • Agness Walewinder December 22, 2013, 8:18 am

      That’s so true Mike. Some people said Bruges was way too boring, but I found it extremely interesting! Loved its history!

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  • [email protected] December 21, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Hi Agness, what a stunning photo essay of Bruges. I’ve been to Bruges many years ago and your photos took me right back there. You captured the charm and spirit of city beautifully. It looks so charming even in winter time. I’d love to go back for a winter walk sometime.

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    • Agness Walewinder December 22, 2013, 8:15 am

      Thank you! It’s a charming town indeed.

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  • santafetraveler December 23, 2013, 1:09 am

    What wonderful photos. Ever since we saw the really quirky and wonderful film “In Bruges” Ive wanted to go there- they as you, caught the city’s wonderful medieval character.

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    • Agness Walewinder December 24, 2013, 11:16 am

      Never seen the movie, but will watch it this Christmas. Bruges is amazing and I hope you can make it there soon!

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  • karmello hamroun December 23, 2013, 5:24 pm

    wonderful photos … i like it one day I will visit Bruge I wish destiny help me . thank you for this great photos Agness Walewinder

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    • Agness Walewinder December 24, 2013, 11:06 am

      Thank you so much!

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  • Melissa December 25, 2013, 3:39 pm

    My favorite place in Belgium for sure! and i do live here!

    Merry Christmas to you!

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    • Agness Walewinder December 26, 2013, 2:48 am

      It’s my favourite place in Belgium too, right after Brussels :)!! Had the best chocolate there. Merry Christmas to you too! All the best!

      Reply
  • Anna December 27, 2013, 8:43 am

    I haven’t been to Bruges yet but it’s definitely on the list. Looks absolutely beautiful and it really is easy access to get to. We’re off to Brussels in a couple of weeks, maybe we’ll take a detour.

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    • Agness Walewinder December 27, 2013, 9:07 am

      Hey Anna. You should make it there, such a cool place!

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  • Stefania - the Italian Backpacker December 28, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Mmmmh, I was thinking of Bruges as a spring kind of trip, but you’ve made me change my mind. It’s beautiful in winter too!

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    • Agness Walewinder December 29, 2013, 7:23 am

      But I guess it looks even more beautiful in summer!

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  • Sorin December 28, 2013, 4:44 pm

    for me Brugge was one of the best surprise regarding Belgium and travel in general. The place had something ( beside from the mystical thing from the movie In Brugge) that made me wish to return again and again..

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    • Agness Walewinder December 29, 2013, 7:22 am

      So true! It has a story and a spirit!

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  • Emma December 30, 2013, 12:57 am

    We’re off there in March – I can’t wait to wander the cobbled streets!

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  • Kuba December 14, 2015, 3:48 pm

    Most beautiful city in Belgium :)

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