Bruges is the perfect place for a family break, from medieval architecture, beautiful scenery, shopping, museums and not forgetting sampling the delicious Belgium chocolate. If you like to do a lot of sightseeing and exploring on holiday as a family, visiting it’s the perfect time to visit with fewer crowds than in the summer. Here are some of the many sightseeing locations to make the perfect family holiday to remember.
Hoping aboard one of the tourist cruise boats, this will be of the most relaxing sightseeing activity in Bruges. The boat trips every half hour between 10 am -6 pm daily between March and mid-November. This is the perfect opportunity to get an idea of what Bruges is truly about and to see some of the most beautiful parts of the city, especially if you are on a short break here. The route includes the canals between Jan Van Eyck Square and Minnewater and you’re your tour guide offers live commentary in several languages. Tickets can’t be booked in advance so be sure to get on the first cruise of the day, there are fewer day trippers around.
The city of Bruges offers horse-drawn carriage tours but there is something truly magical about taking a carriage ride, especially for little ones as they feel as though they are a prince or princess with their imagination. Here you will be taken through the town and see the city’s top landmarks, and wrap yourselves around the blankets kindly provided for you. Enjoy winding cobblestone roads, ancient bridges, the Bruges canals, majestic and cosy squares and much more while your guide gives you some information and tips about our picturesque city.
Every child favourite food group – chocolate! Next to the world’s one and only Fry Museum, Choco-Story is one of many food-themed museums in Bruges. They bring you into a world of chocolate, dating back 4000 years of chocolatey history. You will hear and even taste, tales from chocolate’s position in Mayan, and Aztec beverages to its popularity crave starting in the industrial revolution, and of course to Belgian chocolatiers! The museum will also show you how chocolate is made and you also get to then taste the delicious products for yourself –the perfect place for children and adults alike!
Hinterlands of Bruges
Located just a stone’s throw away from Bruges is a complete green oasis of calm and tranquillity in the Bruges Hinterland. Here you will find endless gardens, protected nature zones, forests, castles and so much more. This region also offers a wide array of diverse possibilities: picturesque polder villages, charming cities, medieval castles and abbeys, nature reserves, and delicious local produce. As a family you can have picnics in the parks, and also enjoy the endless castles and playgrounds provided here.
Ice Cream & Waffles
You cannot visit Bruges without trying a famous Belgian waffle. One of our staff favourites is Chez Albert, a place renowned amongst locals and visitors for dishing up the tastiest waffles in the city. Top your waffle with all your favourites from whipped cream and strawberries to delicious local Belgian chocolate. For ice cream try Gelateria Da Vinci where you can choose from dozens of flavours, some traditional, some totally wacky. If you like you can have waffles topped with ice cream for a cooling, indulgent treat.
Accommodation in Bruges
Green Park Bruges is located on the edge of the city and offers you great value accommodation with a short commute to and from the centre of Bruges. Our spacious, modern hotel rooms are ideal to rest up before a long day of exploring or warming up after a day in the city. Our Brasserie serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in stylish surroundings and we recommend sampling a selection of our Belgian beers before bed.
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