A Romantic Weekend in Bruges

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!

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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 ;)

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?

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