Want to know what to do in Bruges? No trip to the capital of West Flanders would be complete without indulging in plenty of chocolate.
The Chocolate Museum demonstrates how the art of chocolate making evolved. Some of the best shops (for souvenirs, of course) include The Chocolate Line. You’ll also want to try chocolate drizzled over a fresh Belgian waffle from Sorbetiere De Medici.
Wash down all that Belgian chocolate with a beer. You’ll feel like a true beer expert after visiting De Halve Maan: family-run brewery offering tours as well as tastings. Continue the beer crawl at Moeder Lambic or Bar Des Amis—though any pub will be well stocked with local craft brews including Flemish reds and funky Lambics.
One of the most fun things to do in Bruges is to simply stroll down the charming cobblestone streets and admire the medieval architecture. After all, Bruges is a UNESCO Medieval Historic Centre, and is known for its attractive canals. You can even travel back in time by taking a horse-drawn carriage rides and admire the centuries-old buildings. For the best views of the market, climb to the top of the iconic, 13th-century belfry.
Important Bruges attractions include the museums housing Flemish art—after all, the city is quickly becoming an artistic hotspot. The Groeninge Museum holds an impressive collection by artists known as the Flemish Primitives, including Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling.
For fanatics of the latter, you must make time for The Memling Museum, which showcases the most famous portraiture of the local artist.
If you’re traveling with a significant other, take a romantic stroll to the Lake of Love, known for its picturesque bridge and visiting swans. Walk hand in hand to the Béguinage—a home to Benedictine nuns easily recognizable for its Flemish Baroque design and beautiful gardens.