When spending your days in the one of the world’s most visited cities, you could use a day to change the scenery. Luckily, for those of you in Paris, Bruges is just a few hours away and makes for a delightful day trip.
If you are thinking about how to get there, I would suggest renting a car for the day, as it only takes about three hours to drive from Paris to Bruges. If you or someone in your group is able to operate a manual stick shift, it will help you save a few dollars on the rental price. Do not worry if no one is able to drive a manual car; there are automatic options available as well. Make sure you pick up your car as soon as the rental company opens, so you can take full advantage of your day in Bruges. You won’t need to worry about any Customs procedures, making the drive even easier.
Upon your arrival to Bruges, make your way through the cobblestone streets towards Market Square. It is here that the Provincial Court and the Belfry of Bruges will greet you at the town center. The Belfry is the beautifully erected bell tower that was originally used for spotting dangers across the city. Be sure to climb all 366 steps to top before the tower closes, because you would hate to miss out on an amazing view of Bruges.
Afterwards, follow the canal through this old city where you will learn that it is very easy to eat and drink your entire way through. Belgium is known for its chocolate and waffles, and with all the shops along the way there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in your sweet tooth. Even if you do not buy anything, it is worth walking in to smell the assortment of chocolates and treats; the smells alone will completely satisfy your senses.
Bruges can be a very quiet city. It is smaller in size and population when compared to Brussels, Bruges’ sister city. However, some good things really do come in small packages, and Bruges is the perfect example of this. It is a simple, easy, and enjoyable day trip for anyone travelling from its neighboring cities.