Julie and Manon Vermast accompany us on a two-day journey back in time to medieval Bruges with their personal tips. The sisters run the Romantik Hotel De Orangerie in the heart of the city and really know their way around.
Morning. We start out early and explore the city center – on foot, of course. We amble a short way along the Dijver Canal and turn towards the Markt (Market Square) with its 83 meter high watchtower Belfry. Climbing the 366 steps to the top takes a lot of effort, but the grandiose view is worth it. Through winding lanes we come to the St. Bonifacius Bridge and continue to the Church of Our Lady – both hot spots not to be missed on a visit to Bruges.
Midday. After a stroll through the Noordzand and Sudzand shopping streets we take a rest in lively Simon Stevinplein Square in one of the cafés. Right next door, two of the best chocolatiers, Dumon and The Chocolate Line, offer everything the chocoholic desires. After a detour into the Groeningemuseum (Flemish painting), we look forward to afternoon tea at the Romantik Hotel De Orangerie – a delicacy served in many places in British-influenced Bruges.
Evening. Drinking an apéro on the Rozenhoedkaai is the perfect start to the evening. The view over the water is probably one of the most photographed motifs. Bruges‘ gastronomy offers a wide range of restaurants – but not all are of good quality. We are therefore glad to follow our hostesses‘ recommendations. The Flemish beer stew (stoofvlees) or the mussels with French fries (moules frites) taste especially good at the „De Vlaamsche Pot“ and „Bistro Christophe“.