Bruges and Ghent are undoubtedly one of the prettiest towns in mainland Europe. And the best part is that it is just so easy to reach with frequent direct connections from Brussels. You can spend a weekend in each of these towns and take in its beauty leisurely but can also do these as separate day trips from Brussels and for the more adventurous, you can combine both in a day trip. For my Belgium in a weekend itinerary, click here.
Follow my photo blog for a quick guide to the perfect itinerary to visit these gorgeous towns in the Flanders.
- If arriving by train, grab a walking tour map of Bruges from the tourism office at the train station
- If you are arriving by car, you can park your car at the train station parking garage as it is not expensive and is nearest to the city centre
- If you wish to climb to the top of the Belfry then go early as there is often a queue
- When in Bruges, you must try the famous Frites (fries) with Curry sauce. I could eat them for lunch too
- Take the Tram #1 from the Ghent train station and get down at Gravensteen
- The tourism office is located opposite the Gravensteen castle. Trivia: The gate to the tourism office depicts Neptune with his Trident seeing over Scheldt and Leie, the two rivers creating Ghent
- Don’t miss the guided tour of the Mystic Lamb, the famous altarpiece of the the St Bavos Cathedral