A Photo Tour of Bruges, Between Old Houses, Tiny Streets and Canals

A Photo Tour of Bruges, Between Old Houses, Tiny Streets and Canals

Between old houses, tiny streets and the canals… A photo tour of Bruges

Bruges Old Houses

Often described as an ‘open-air Museum’, the little city of Bruges is considered by many visitors the prettiest town in Flanders. Big squares flanked by beautiful and often colorful old buildings, narrow cobblestone streets and, of course, the canals…

Bruges Market Square

Burg Square and Market Square, with its red horse-drawn carriages ready to drive tourists for a romantic tour of Bruges, are bustling with people. They’re both beautiful squares, but a little too busy for my taste.

Bruges Tiny Streets

After a little while, I decided to go far from the crowds and start strolling along the tiny cobblestone streets. Only a few steps away I felt like in a different world: quiet and silent.

Bruges Van Eyck Square

I continued my walking tour of Bruges and reached Van Eyck Square, with the big statue rendering homage to the great Flemish painter, considered one of the most important artists of the 15th Century from Northern Europe. I stopped here for a while, admiring what is one of my favorite corners of Bruges, trying to retrace with my mind some of the most beautiful paintings by Jan Van Eyck.

Bruges Rooftops

I walked slowly, admiring the houses. Built in yellow and red bricks, with the characteristic high rooftops shaped like steps and the sober decorations, the houses are just beautiful. The sky was stormy, throwing a beautiful light both warm and cold.

Bruges Chocolatier

All of a sudden, I stumbled into the Museum of Chocolate. I couldn’t help but stopping for a visit, during which I discovered the fascinating history of chocolate,  from the origins in Mexico to Flanders. After all, chocolate is what Belgium is most proud of!

Bruges Canals

No tour of Bruges would be complete without a tour by boat along the canals. I waited until late afternoon to avoid the crowds and enjoy a better light. Possibly one of the most touristy thing one can do in Bruges, it’s still worth doing as it offered a different perspective of the city  and a gave me a few ideas of spots to visit later, on a further solitary stroll.

Peaceful Bruges

The following morning, I ended my walking tour of Bruges by strolling along the canal heading to Begijnhof, the area enclosing the Béguines monastery. Yet another beautiful view of lovely Bruges, this time peaceful and somehow timeless.


Note: A big thank you goes to Visit Flanders and their kind invitation to discover a corner of Europe I hadn’t visited yet. Only my passion for chocolate, art and small lovely cities though, was the driver to my appreciation of Bruges 


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  • Inside Southeast Asia
    Posted at 07:47h, 15 May Reply

    would love to hop on a boat to take that tour. such lovely photos you have there. i wish I can experience that place too someday. thanks for sharing!

  • Lori
    Posted at 13:16h, 25 March Reply

    In a discussion I had in Paris last week with a friend, he told me that I definitely have to go to Bruges. He said I will love the city and from the looks of your photos and experience I can only agree with him that is a place a simply have to visit. Great photos – you captured the essence of the city 🙂

  • Lucia
    Posted at 16:08h, 14 March Reply

    I just love your blog. I’m planning to see Bruges: this pics are motivating me so much! Love you photos! 🙂

    Greetings from Italy

  • Sonya
    Posted at 00:22h, 01 February Reply

    Dreamy photo tour from Flanders! You had me at Bruges!;)

    • Simon
      Posted at 10:51h, 23 February Reply

      I made you at Bruges? I’m so glad about it. It’s a beautiful city, one of the most enchanting in Europe!

  • Jenna
    Posted at 19:55h, 31 January Reply

    I loved Bruges and really want to go back to Belgium to see more of the country. Beautiful!

  • Erik
    Posted at 01:11h, 07 January Reply

    I hear so much about Bruges, I always wonder if it can live up to the hype. My guess is that it does, and after seeing this post, I feel more validated in that opinion. It’s on my to-do list when I return to Europe.

    • Simon
      Posted at 22:49h, 08 January Reply

      I’m sure you’ll love Bruges, especially if you’ll have a good day. It’s touristy but still charming, and as soon as you leave the most popular areas, you’ll enjoy calm and beautiful tiny streets with awesome views.

  • Davide
    Posted at 01:03h, 16 December Reply

    Bruges is on my “to do” list so thank you for sharing your tips and the pictures.

    • Simon
      Posted at 09:44h, 16 December Reply

      It was one of the nicest cities I visited in 2012, and one of the loveliest overall in Europe

  • Leigh
    Posted at 03:25h, 10 December Reply

    Looks like a beautiful way to spend some time in a city. I always love a boat tour.

  • Traveling Ted
    Posted at 20:21h, 09 December Reply

    Any tour with such a beautiful backdrop combined with chocolate is sublime.

    • Simon
      Posted at 20:23h, 09 December Reply

      LOL! I guess we all forgot a glass of the excellent Belgian beer 🙂

  • Simon
    Posted at 19:41h, 09 December Reply

    You should go back, if you have the chance, Heather. I really fell in love with Flanders and was not expecting the cities being so incredibly pretty.

  • Heather on her travels
    Posted at 12:30h, 09 December Reply

    Walking and chocolate, the perfect combination – I went to Bruges many years ago. I love the way your photographs make it look so warm despite being a dull day

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