Bruges to Rotterdam

A trip to the points of interest of Bruges including the Basilica of the Holy Blood, Market Place and the historic center which is a UNESCO world heritage site, Church of Our Lady Bruges, Beguinage, St Salvator's Cathedral, Belfry of Bruges (and view of the city), Provinciaal Hof, Kruis Gate and Windmills before taking the train and Blixbus to Rotterdam

Bruges is a medieval city in the Flanders region of Belgium which is located in the EU and Schengen community.  Bruges offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Basilica of the Holy Blood
  • Market Place and the historic center which is a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Church of Our Lady Bruges
  • Beguinage
  • St Salvator’s Cathedral
  • Belfry of Bruges (and view of the city)
  • Provinciaal Hof
  • Kruis Gate and Windmills

Hotels in Bruges are reasonable for this part of the world, there are often great deals when traveling off season.

Bruges Market Place, Belgium

Bruges Market Place, Belgium

The central plaza of Bruges is known to the locals as ‘Markt’, from here, everything in the city is within walking distance including the train station.  The central plaza is famous for the historic and medieval buildings surrounding it.  If you visit at the right time there will be a market in the central plaza.  If you visit when there isn’t a market you can get some beautiful clear shots of the plaza.

Bruges Market Place, Belgium

Bruges Market Place, Belgium

If you are visiting Bruges with your loved one, a popular option is to take a romantic horse drawn carriage tour of the city which leave from the Central Square on demand.  The Belfry of Bruges (above center) is located in the central plaza, this is a medieval bell tower and it’s possible to climb the 366 stairs to the top for views of the city.  A beautiful Gothic building in the central plaza is the Provinciaal Hof (above left) which is a building used for ceremonies and exhibitions.

Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges, Belgium

Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges, Belgium

The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a must see in Bruges.  The Basilica dates back to the 12 century when it was home to the Count of Flanders.  The Basilica is home to a jar of holy blood (blood of Christ) which was brought from the holy land in the 12th century.  Where in the holy land the Count of Flanders found this holy blood and what the holy blood had been doing for the previous 1,100 years I have no idea.

Belgian chocolate, Bruges, Belgium

Belgian chocolate, Bruges, Belgium

Belgian chocolate has a reputation of being the best in the world and as Bruges is a tourist hot spot you’ll find plenty of chocolate shops.  You must try the various flavors available, if for nothing else to say you’ve tried it!  I didn’t find the chocolate any better than a bar of Milka chocolate that you can buy anywhere in the world.

Belgium is also famous for it’s beer and because Bruges is small and there is a high concentration of bars and tourists, this makes it the perfect place to go bar hopping.  A word of warning, the Belgian beer is a little bit stronger than the beer you get in your home country, so take it easy!

Windmill, Bruges, Belgium

Windmill, Bruges, Belgium

The Netherlands is famous for windmills but if you are not going or cannot wait to see a windmill then Bruges has it’s own windmills.  A short walk from the central square you’ll not only find 4 windmills but also the city gates to Bruges named Kruis Gate.

Bus from Brussels to Rotterdam, €9

Bus from Brussels to Rotterdam, €9

I could not find a bus from Bruges to Rotterdam, so I took the train back to Brussels and from there I found a Flixbus direct to Rotterdam for €9.  You must take the train to the Brussels North Station and the bus station is connected.  The bus passes through Antwerp on the way to Rotterdam which is picture worthy stopover.

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2017-03-29T12:16:50+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Belgium|9 Comments


  1. Mel I TravelingMel March 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    After reading this and another of your Belgium posts, I am ready to go! The Bruges Market Place is absolutely gorgeous! Seeing that would make a trip there worthwhile. I’m a little sad to hear that the chocolate isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. None the less, it’s still chocolate!

  2. Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 5, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I went to Bruges as a day trip from Paris, loved it! It hailed for a couple of minutes while I was eating lunch at one of the restaurants in Markt and the wet ground on your photos reminded me of it. My favorite beer is actually a Belgian fruit beer which I think tastes much much better in Bruges than anywhere else.

  3. Julie Cao March 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    The architecture in Bruges is absolutely breathtaking and the Bruges Market Place is so colorful, and you captured it so well. I would love to visit the market there and have some beer. I also heard Belgium chocolate is the best in the world but I hardly tried it. I found it interesting when you mentioned that it does not taste any better than a bar of milk chocolate. Some of the local snacks have a good reputation but does not really live up to the expectations.

  4. Ivy March 5, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard a lot about the quality of chocolates in Belgium and have always wanted to try… but maybe not anymore because you mentioned it’s not better than a regular chocolate bar. We had chocolates in Guatemala and Belize a few months ago and that was really somethin’ else. I feel a little less sad about never having tried Belgian chocolates 😛 I’m assuming you had a positive experience with Flixbus if you were able to get to Rotterdam without fail. That’s really good to know because I was having doubts about using them based on some reviews.

  5. Clare March 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    I have been to Bruges before and its a beautiful city. I was there in winter so it was cold but a clear day so we walked around the city and also did a ride in one of the boats. I would love to go back and fully explore again in summer though and have some more of those amazing belgian chocolates.

  6. Ash March 5, 2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Bruges has fantastic architecture and its Central Square reminds me of Grand Place in Brussels. That horse drawn carriage tour of the city is certainly romantic and an experience to remember especially for couples. People have different tastes and others may not agree with your comments on Belgian chocolates.

  7. Grace March 6, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Bruges is absolutely fantastic place to visit. We went there for Christmas markets a couple of years abo and I loved everything about it- chocolate including, lol. I thought it would look even better in spring or summer and so made a promise to myself to go back there one day. One thing I bought from there and loved it is tapestry which they are famous for and are so pretty and so many to choose from.

  8. Lauren March 6, 2017 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I visited Bruges in 2015 and it looks like you also had the same weather as me! It’s a shame I didn’t see more of Bruges or take many photos it was a beautiful city.

  9. Seven Continents Sasha March 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I have no desire to visit Brussels but Bruges and Antwerp are definitely on the list so I will take note of your tips! How disappointing that the chocolate tasted like ordinary Milka chocolate, I always wondered if it really was that amazing. Bruges looks like a beautiful, colourful city to explore!

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