A Walk Around Bruges

A Walk Around Bruges

On a trip to Belgium in 2020, just two days into the new year, I went to Bruges for the day. It was a lovely way to spend a few hours. I loved it so much, I’m going to retrace my steps and hope that you will join me for a little tour around the city.

Bruges is just under an hour and a half from Brussels. Leave the station and walk up Oostmeers towards the city centre. There will be plenty of people doing the same, so you won’t get lost.

The narrow street is lined with houses including the almshouse of Reylof de Blieck – used as a shelter for the poor in the past.

Things to see in Bruges

At the end of Oostmeers, take a right onto Goezeputstraat and second-left onto Kleine Heilige-Geestraat. You’ll see the tall tower of Saint Salvador Cathedral on Sint-Salvadorskerkhof.

Things to see in Bruges

Walk around and you’ll see the whole cathedral.

From Sint-Salvadorskerkhof, go right onto Steenstraat and you’ll find yourself in the shopping zone with typical Belgian buildings converted into cute boutiques.

Things to see in Bruges

Keep going and you’ll come across the Markt – Bruges’ market square with its impressive buildings including the Belfry – arguably the most impressive.

Things to see in Bruges

The Provincial Hall isn’t bad either.

Things to see in Bruges

The market square is bustling with people and and there are also colourful old guild houses which have been converted into restaurants, so it’s also a good place to sit and eat and watch the world go by.

Things to see in Bruges

Just off of the Markt, you’ll find Eiermarket with some nice cafes and restaurants – stop for a coffee in Het Hof Van Rembrandt,

Things to see in Bruges

Venture onward and pass by Dumon Chocolatier, housed in this cute little building.

Things to see in Bruges

Go along Kuipersstraat, turn right onto Jakob Van Ooststraat, left onto Vlamingstraat and, finally, right onto Academiestraat and you’ll see The Burghers’ Lodge (Poortersloge) – a place where important citizens of Bruges held their meetings.

Things to see in Bruges

Head towards Augustijnenrei Canal and located by the Ezelsbrug or Donkey Bridge is thebeautiful Restaurant De Bottelier. I didn’t eat here, but I thought it was worthy of a photo.

Things to see in Bruges

Go back the way you came along Sint-Jakobsplein and St James Church stands on the corner.

Things to see in Bruges

Double back on yourself through the Markt, walk along Breidelstraat and you’ll come across Burg Square. In the far corner, you’ll see Blinde-Ezelstraat or Blind Donkey Street – a narrow alleyway running between Burg Square and Vismarkt. Apparently, there was an old inn called The Blind Donkey in the late 15th century.

Things to see in Bruges

Back on Burg Square, you’ll find part of the Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges).

Things to see in Bruges

And the beautiful Gothic Stadhuis or town hall.

Things to see in Bruges
Things to see in Bruges

My walk took me further around the city centre but, for this tour, I wanted to show you some of the buildings in Bruges. I hope you enjoyed yourself. More of Bruges next time!

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