Date of stay: Easter 2011
Where you stayed: Hotel Cordoeanier
Travelled with: As a couple
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
We visited Bruges for fours days over the Easter holidays, despite the large crowds, it was still one of my favourite cities that I have visited in Europe. The centre of the old part of the city is made up of winding canals, bridges and amazing old buildings. The main draw card is Markt Square with the giant Belfry Tower on one side and ornate buildings on other sides with cafes and restaurants opening out into the square. If you’re feeling energetic you can climb up the 366 steps to the top for an amazing view over the roof tops.
There is so much to see, and with everything so close together it’s very easy to grab a tourist map and do a walking tour that will tick off all the major sites. This way you will get a chance to build up your appetite during the day so that you can stop off along the way to sample the world famous chocolates and waffles.
Another way to see the city is from a canal boat. This is highly recommended as you get to see the buildings from a different angle and wind through some interesting nooks and crannies that you don’t otherwise get to see. Just make sue you get there early in the morning to avoid the long queues.
There are plenty of museums in the city that give you the history, but for a different experience check out the windmills on the edge of the city. These are very picturesque sitting along the river, and a great place to chill out away from crowded streets. (see image below) There is a museum inside one of the windmills that you can climb up into, unfortunately we found out the hard way that it closes for two hours over lunchtime, so keep this in mind.
There are so many restaurants around Bruges, but be careful which you pick, as many are tourist traps. Check the other tables to see what the food looks like before taking a seat.
We stayed in Hotel Cordoeanier, which was very central and I’d highly recommend. The price was good and the room were clean and better than expected from a two star hotel. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a deluxe room, but I don’t think these were that much different. The hotel served a pretty good breakfast in the morning and because it was Easter, they even left out some eggs for us!
Would you recommend this Festival: Yes
Would you recommend your tour: N/A
Would you recommend your hotel/hostel: Yes
Overall rating: 4 out of 5