When you think of a romantic weekend break in Europe, chances are Bruges is high on your list. With its beautiful architecture, great restaurants and distinct fairy-tale charm, it’s the perfect spot for a couple’s getaway.
From quaint architecture and horse-drawn carriages to cosy pubs and chocolate shops, there are plenty of romantic things to do in Bruges.
1. Enjoy Belgian Beer
You can wrap up well and enjoy the city via a walking tour or spend your afternoon staying warm and feeling fuzzy enjoying some delicious Belgian beer.
The pubs in Bruges are some of the quaintest in Europe, with a huge selection of beers, wines, and spirits to choose from and the prettiest décor. Find the oldest and most charming pub in Bruges, Vlissinghe, or the small but cosy De Garre between the shops of Breidelstraat. Stopping off in a pub to warm up between shops or sights is a guaranteed great day!
2. Enjoy a Canal Cruise
One of the most beautiful ways to see a city is by water and Bruges has a great selection of canal cruises for you and your other half. See the best of the city from a new perspective, floating along with hand in hand alongside the famous Belgian Swans. Many of the cruises come with onboard drinks and a guide to tell you where you are and a brief history of the area.
A cruise is a great way to get to know Bruges and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a love story.
3. Enjoy Belgian Chocolate
One of the traditional gifts to give is chocolate but this year take it one step further. Take your better half to Bruges to taste some of the best chocolate in the world. Belgian chocolate is known around the world for being the best of the best, mostly due to its higher cocoa content and by using 100% cocoa butter.
From caramels to pralines, chocolate lollies to chocolate hearts, the chocolate shops in Bruges are the perfect place to find a tasty treat. Many of the shops themselves have wonderful architecture and give free samples.
4. Dining in Bruges
If you really want to impress your other half, dinner and drinks are a tried and trusted recipe. One of the best restaurants in the city, Den Gouden Harynck is a very romantic, classic restaurant but you will need to book in advance.
The restaurant was first awarded a Michelin Star in 1996 and has maintained it ever since, unsurprising when you consider the quality of the food and atmosphere here. Housed in a 17th-century fish shop. The food, inspired by French cuisine, is next to none and reasonably priced considering their reputation. Book as far in advance as possible if you plan to eat in an evening as it’s sure to be busy.
5. Climb the Belfry Tower
Exploring a new place and experiencing it all together is one of the most romantic parts of a couple’s break. When in Bruges, give your partner a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of our most impressive building.
The iconic Belfry stands at 83 m high and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. It’s worth climbing the 366 steps for the superb panoramic views of the city and the canals. The tower houses 47 bell Dumery Carillon and the six-tonne Triumphal Bell which still rings but only on special occasions.
As one of the most scenic, memorable parts of the city, it might be a good location to pop the big question if you were planning to!
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a daytime writer for Green Park Hotel Brugge, a three-star hotel offering the perfect countryside accommodation experience while exploring the best-preserved medieval city of Belgium. Since this free-spirited damsel loves to go on adventures, she’s got a lot to say about travel, dining, cultural enjoyment, and lifestyle.