If you look at photos of Brugge you will immediately understand why this city is designated as Unesco World Heritage Site. Walking around in the historic center, it feels like you are going back in time. From the architecture, cobbled stone streets and the many canals, they make you feel like you are walking around in a time long ago. Except for the many tourists… haha Today I want to share three things you must do in Brugge with your kids.
Last week we drove to this chocolate capital to experience it for ourselves. There are many things to do to fill a day. Here are just some highlights:
- Visit the Market Square
- Walk to the famous spot Rozenhoedkaai
- Go for a tour of Canals of Brugge
- Visit Chocolate stores
- Choco-Story (Chocolate Museum)
- Friet Museum (Fries Museum)
- Museum of the Church of our Lady
- Eat Brugge’s famous wafels
- The Flemish Primitives
We drove from Delft to Brugge and in about 2,5hours. We left very early so we could be there on time.
Parking your car
There are different places where you can park. There are Park & Rides just outside the city that are free (you could take a bus to get to the city), underground public parkings or upper ground parkings. We decided to stay close the city where we could easily walk to the center. This is where we parked.
On the morning that we arrived it was pretty cold. I had initially planned to climb to the top of the Belfort to have a nice overview of the city but since it was bitter cold that morning, we decided to leave that for a warmer day. We did do that in Delft and I highly recommend that. The Belfort tower is 83 meters and the New Church tower in Delft is 108,75 meters.
Today I want to share 3 things we really enjoyed in Brugge and I would recommend you to do too!
Three Things we really enjoyed and you must do with your kids in Brugge:
1. Choco Story Brugge
The first thing you must do with your kids in Brugge, is visit the Chocolate Museum. There are many museums you can visit but as Brugge is well known for it’s amazing chocolate (and kids love chocolate) we decided to visit this one first. I ordered our tickets the day before and downloaded the Tiqets app. This was very easy and the next day there was no hassle at the entrance but I just showed the code and it took less than a minute.
At the entrance they hand everyone a small device that you can scan at different spots through the museum. You can then hear the information through the device (choose your language). The museum has 3 levels where they tell you about the origin of chocolate, how it changed over time and how they make it. At the last part there is a demonstration of how they make pralines chocolates and, the best part is, you get to taste it! Our kids enjoyed the museum although some parts (first level) are pretty small and that can easily feel very crowded. Their favourite was the free for all eat chocolate (next to the demonstration). Of course I didn’t know about that until after we left (and they ate a lot) LOL
2. Picking out Chocolate
After the Chocolate Museum we had lunch and then continued our walk in the city. Since we just learned about chocolate it was fitting to check out one of the many fine chocolateries that are in the city. We went to the Chocolate Line and we all picked out different flavours of chocolate.
You can go to their website and find out all the names of the different flavours that you bought. One of the one’s we had was this one. I think my favourite one was the one with raspberry.
3. Brugge’s famous Waffles
The third thing we all really enjoyed was eating Brugge’s famous waffles! After reading some reviews we decided to go to Chez Albert and boy, it did certainly not disappoint. On the contrary, it tasted really satisfying. It was a cold day and the warm waffles were a delight.
It was funny because as we were waiting in the line, we kept having to move aside so the horse and carriages could pass by. In Holland it’s always bikes, but here in Brugge apparently it’s horse and carriage.
These are the three things we really enjoyed from our day in Brugge. There were some other things I would have liked to do but because of the cold day we opted out. I would love to go back in the Spring or Summer, this is a city I would love to revisit. Let me know if you liked the article and if it was helpful to you. Until next time! Ciao!