This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase something through that link, I will make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks in advance for your continued support!

A few weeks ago, the Prince and I headed to Belgium to celebrate our one-year anniversary and had the most romantic weekend in Bruges! Can you believe it’s been one year already?! What a wonderful, crazy, adventurous first year it has been! We started our relationship while living in two different countries, visited six additional countries together, and I ended up moving to Germany!

Romantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerWhen looking at a place to go for our first anniversary, we wanted a cheap and easy flight! Ryanair just started flying out of Hamburg (yay!) and was offering some great deals. We ended up snagging flights for 25 Euros round-trip from Hamburg to Brussels and then ended up taking a train to Bruges from the Brussels airport for 22 Euros round-trip. Unfortunately, when we booked this trip in August, we didn’t realize that the weekend we decided to go, it was a public holiday! By the time we started looking at accommodations, we didn’t have many options in our price range and ended up staying at a mediocre hostel (with a private room though).

Romantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerLet’s be honest, the Prince and I spent the entire weekend eating cheese, wine, and chocolate while drinking beer around 12%. I mean, could you have a better weekend? After the past few months of finishing up my dissertation, moving, starting a new job, getting my visa sorted, and everything in between, it was great to be able to finally have a relaxing weekend just the two of us :)

RELATED POST:  The Perfect Big Island Itinerary for 7 Days // Hawaii

Romantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerWe initially planned on staying in Bruges on Saturday and Sunday (we arrived Friday night). However, Bruges is easily doable in a day and we decided to head to Ghent Sunday morning and afternoon before taking the train back to Brussels to catch our evening flight. For the most part, we really lucked out with weather (it was cold but not super rainy!)and the trees still had colorful leaves!

Romantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerRomantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With Wagner

HINTS AND TIPS FOR BRUGES, BELGIUM

Here is a list of my favorite things to do, see, and eat for the most romantic weekend in Bruges! Enjoy :)

DO:

+ Walk along Gouden-Handrei, a scenic canal area north of Market Square.
+ Visit Beguinage, an area that now houses eight nuns. After 6:30 pm, only women are allowed. This community originally formed around 1200.
+ A tour of de Halve Maan Brewery, one of the only (if not only!) family-owned breweries in the city limits. The beer is delicious and the tour offers great views of the entire city!

SEE:

+ The Belfry (the Bell Tower), made famous by the movie “In Bruges” and located right in Market Square.
+ Holy Blood Basilica – this basilica is believed to have a vial of Jesus’s actual blood, obtained during a crusade to Jerusalem in the 12th century.

EAT:

+ Olivier’s Chocolate – the best in all of Bruges! I brought a lot home with me ;)
+ The Old Chocolate House – most delicious (and largest!) hot chocolate of my life. The chocolate literally melted into the cup.
+ De Garre – the quaintest, cutest, most tucked away bar right off of Market Square. The beer here is so yummy and the atmosphere is even better! Bonus points that they serve cheese with the beer automatically ;)
+ Cafe Vlissinghe – considered the oldest bar in Bruges, it just celebrated 500 years last year!
+ Fry House – located right off the Market Square. These delicious fries are best served with mayo ;)

RELATED POST:  Hints & Tips for Visiting Pearl Harbor on Your Own

Romantic Weekend in Bruges via Wayfaring With WagnerMy best piece of advice is to purposely get lost. The side streets are winding and absolutely gorgeous!

QUESTION: Have you been to Bruges? If so, what’s your favorite thing to do there?

27 Comments

  1. William A. Billy (Uncle Sonny) Reply

    Thank you so much Jordan and congrats on your recent Degree….you and Loren get a big pat on the back from me. Love your pictures of Bruges ( must admit I never heard of the place) and you and Peter obviously had a great time. Things are good here in the states with hopes we can bring our country back together. I’ve seen a lot over my 85 years but some of the things going on now are ridiculous and need to be stopped. Anyway, we’re proud of your accomplishments and wish you the very best. Love you, Uncle Sonny

    • Jordan Reply

      Awwww, thanks so much Uncle Sonny! Hopefully you can meet Peter soon! Thank you so much for the sweet words. Love you and miss you!!! xoxoxo Jordan

  2. Ahh Bruges! I’d love to go back… when we went the first time it was pouring rain and freezing cold so we didn’t get to spend as much time as we would have liked… but it’s such a charming city! :)

    • Jordan Reply

      That’s such a bummer! It is such a great city and easily doable in a day or as a day trip from Brussels! I’m sure with all your traveling you’ll get back here soon ;)

  3. I so want to go to Bruges. Had completely forgot that there was the option of flying to Bruxelles, I had been thinking Paris or Amsterdam the whole time..

    • Jordan Reply

      Yes! It is so easy getting to Bruges from Brussels!!! Definitely look into it :)

    • Jordan Reply

      Awwww thanks girl! The two of us are headed to a wedding in Denver in September and are contemplating the stopover in Iceland on the way back (tickets are SOOOO CHEAP right now!)

  4. OK, what a beautiful (and romantic!) city!! And I cannot believe it’s been a year for you guys… time really does fly, doesn’t it? Hope you are well, my friend!

    • Jordan Reply

      I can’t believe it has already been a year either! At this time last year I had no idea that I’d be permanently living in Germany!!! Crazy what a year does to you. Hope all is well with you as well xoxoxo

  5. Bruges looks so incredibly beautiful, and I love how all the leaves were still so bright and colorful! I definitely would eat my weight in chocolate and drink a ton of beer if I ever get the chance to visit Bruges in the future! It sounds like y’all had a great time, and that it was a great getaway after your lives being so hectic lately!

    • Jordan Reply

      We got so incredibly lucky with the great weather and I was so happy that the leaves were so colorful (and still on the trees!). I definitely ate/drank my weight in chocolate and beer hahaha :)

    • Jordan Reply

      Awww thank you! We will need to coordinate so our trip schedules overlap somewhere in Europe again!!! xo

  6. We’re thinking about hitting up Brussels and Bruges for our 15th anniversary in February so these pics are a nice motivation to get to planning.

    • Jordan Reply

      Yes, you should definitely do it!!! Let me know if you need any hints/tips! I’d also recommend adding Ghent to your list…it only takes a day to see and is halfway between Brussels and Bruges! :)

  7. Aw happy anniversary to both of you! :) And Bruges looks so beautiful, wow, never expected it haha how was Ghent?

  8. We spent a long weekend in Bruges a few years ago (one of our first trips after moving to Bremen) and I remember it dearly. In case you want to go back, we stayed at the Ter Duinen hotel and it was wonderful! Bruges is wonderful. Plus, the chocolate!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  9. Pingback: Looking Back on 2016 - Wayfaring With Wagner

  10. Pingback: The Historical Town of Dinant // Belgium - Wayfaring With Wagner

Leave a Reply

shares