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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!
When 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).
Let’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 :)
We 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!
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 :)
+ 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!
+ 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.
+ 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 ;)
QUESTION: Have you been to Bruges? If so, what’s your favorite thing to do there?