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2.5 days in Bruges

Raleigh, North...
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2.5 days in Bruges

Hi all,

We are planning on visiting Bruges Nov 22-25. We arrive on the 22nd night (Thurs) and depart 25th afternoon (Sunday). We would be arriving by train from London. Is there enough to do in Bruges for 2.5 days? We will have two kids with us (ages 12 and 13). We love to walk and explore the town and also plan to check out the Xmas market (opens 23rd I believe). We love beer but I am wondering what the rules are regarding bringing children to breweries/pubs?

Also, if there isn't enough to do in Bruges is a day trip to any of the nearby towns recommended? If so, which ones? Thank you so much! :)

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Assam, India
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1. Re: 2.5 days in Bruges

One day is adequate to check out this beautiful medieval city at a leisurely pace. It's pretty small. You can take a day out to visit Ghent.

Connecticut
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2. Re: 2.5 days in Bruges

You could spend a day on the coast, a short train ride away to Knokke-Heist, using the inexpensive hop-on, hop-off KostTram (mostly used by commuters, runs from France in the east to Netherlands in the east) to stop in different small communities with a boardwalk along the water, a lunch restaurant in Blankenberge at the end of a very long pier into the North Sea, and you can tour a German fort from the two World Wars, the "Atlantic Wall," which you and the kids might both enjoy.

Raleigh, North...
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3. Re: 2.5 days in Bruges

@nagled thank you for your wonderful suggestions!

Raleigh, North...
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4. Re: 2.5 days in Bruges

@digogoi Appreciate your response. thank you.

Bruges, Belgium
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5. Re: 2.5 days in Bruges

You can certainly spend 2,5 days in Bruges with children. There is the ice sculpture festival which starts November 24th (in front of the station), you can visit the Boudewijn Seapark and see the dolphin show (take bus nr 7 or 17 at the station), you can go ice-skating on the ice-rink on the main square (part of the Xmas market), you can visit the choco-story museum which also caters to kids, Brugge is great to visit on foot. Climb the Belfry and see the carillon with its bells, take a boat tour on a weekend day, visit the windmills near the Kruispoort. If you go to Gent you should visit the 'Gravesteen' a medieval castle in the centre of Gent, Gent has a great nature museum on the Sint-Pietersplein which is wonderful for children. The museum is called 'De wereld van Kina' (translates as The world of Kina). If the weather allows you can rent a bike and ride to Damme; a picturesque town 5 km away from Brugge. I wrote a blogpost on this bike trip: https:/… , and another one on biking in Brugge and where to rent bikes: https:/… Children can enter all pubs in Belgium if accompanied by their parents (or adults).

Edited: 23 October 2018, 21:33
Raleigh, North...
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6. Re: 2.5 days in Bruges

@Neil-Vera wow. Superb suggestions and info. I will check out your blog as well.thank you!!

Granville Ferry...
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7. Re: 2.5 days in Bruges

I love Bruges, and could (and have) spent a few days there. There's certainly enough to explore. And Ghent is a short train ride away.

Since beer is your thing, you may want to pop into De Garre for their house Tripel. It's one of the best I've had. Treat it with caution at 11% though. I think the Bruges Beer Experience (http://mybeerexperience.com/en) is also worth visiting. It *may* be a bit touristy, but I thought it was pretty fun. You can visit the bar at the end of the tour and sample a bunch of beers with a view over the square.

Bruges, Belgium
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8. Re: 2.5 days in Bruges

If you are into beer, the brewery Bourgogne de Flandres is a nice city brewery to visit: here a blogpost on it: https:/… The other city brewery is brewery 'De Halve Maan', where they brew Brugse Zot. Those are the two authentic Brugge breweries and the kind of little breweries we Belgians are famous for. And if you are looking for nice pubs: here is a list of the best pubs and tearooms (the non-touristy ones): https:/…

Hope this gives inspiration!

Edited: 23 October 2018, 21:33
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