Brugge, Belgium

Our first trip outside of the Netherlands was to Brugge, Belgium!  It was a quick, cheap, and easy trip, just a 3 hour train ride from Amsterdam Centraal.  We went during a time that wasn’t filled with tourists, so we had some of the charming streets to ourselves!  I can only imagine how beautiful this city is in spring, but it was still jaw dropping in fall. We only spent two days, one night there and really feel like that’s all you need in this small city.  We stayed in a little Airbnb studio flat that was centrally located and walking distance from everything!  One of the first things we did was a walking tour.  Normally, I’m not a fan of walking tours, but the best decision we made was to take the free walking tour the first day.  The guide took us on all the most charming streets and was very informative about the city! We highly recommend doing this!  Check out our pictures below!

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This restaurant on the corner was recommended to us by Andrew’s coworker. It did not disappoint!
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Bistro De Schaar

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Duck and Lamb, such a delicious lunch in Brugge!

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Bruges City Hall

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The Markt of Brugge

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The Markt of Brugge

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Along with Belgium beer and Belgium chocolate, you’ll also notice the large amount of swans floating along the canals of Brugge. Apparently, they’ve been a staple in the city for centuries. There are some interesting stories about them, I suggest googling it!

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This is the entrance to a Beguinage, a place where only women lived starting in the year 1245.
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Well known brewery in Brugge called Brouwerij De Halve Maan
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Brouwerij De Halve Maan
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Brugse Zot is the famous beer served at De Halve Maan and it was delicious!

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Provincial Court in the Markt
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After the first day of walking for hours, we randomly stopped at this bar because there were a lot of people outside and it looked fun. After we sat down and ordered our first drink we realized everyone around us was so young. We asked the waitress how old these people were and she said 16-18 years old! The legal drinking age in Belgium is 16, and these kids come to the bar after school and drink! I couldn’t believe it! We actually stayed for a while and had a ton of fun chatting it up with 18 year old guys and learned a lot about their culture.
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Our second day we had lunch at this hidden gem, Mariloup. It was delicious!
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Mariloup
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In Brugge, you will find adorable chocolate shops everywhere, literally one after another. Of course we purchased a ton of Belgium chocolate!

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This canal is the most photographed spot in Brugge

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This canal is the most photographed spot in Brugge

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You can’t stop in Belgium without getting a Belgium waffle!

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That’s a wrap on Brugge!

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