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

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


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



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 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.



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 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.

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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