Things to do in Bruges
As Hotel Prinsenhof is located right in the heart of Bruges’ historic city center, many of the city’s most famous highlights and fun stuff to do are just a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel. Here’s our top 5.
Market square: a mere 4 minutes’ walk from Hotel Prinsenhof.
The Markt is Bruges’ most famous market square and home to some cosy restaurants and pubs, all built in former guild houses. It’s the perfect spot to take pictures with, and admire the Belfry Tower (see below). In the very center of this square stands the iconic statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck.
Also, it’s important to know that every Wednesday, a market is held where an array of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and cheese are sold. Of course, Belgium’s finest products like Belgian chocolate, waffles and fries can be found in shops all around the square as well.
The Belfry of Bruges: only 5 minutes’ walk from our hotel.
Visiting the Belfry when you’re spending some time in Bruges isn’t really an option; it’s a must! The outside of this beautiful medieval bell tower - dating back to the early 13th century - is breathtaking and so is the inside, let alone the stunning views you’ll get when you’re brave enough to climb all of its 366 stairs!
It’s one of the city’s most prominent symbols and can be found right by our hotel, next to the aforementioned market square.
Did you know that this tower is 83 meters (272 feet) high and leans about 87 centimeters over to the east? Nevertheless: climbing your way to the top is totally worth it. On a clear day, you’re even able to see the Zeebrugge seaport!
Bruges by horse-drawn carriage.
When you’re in Bruges, you’ll immediately notice that the streets are filled with people, and horses! Horses? Guides take tourists on tours across the small historic streets of Bruges in horse-drawn carriages.
These tours take about 30 minutes and start on the Markt. Except for Wednesdays, when the Markt hosts the weekly market and the horses move to the Burg Square. During your trip, the coachman tells you some of the most exciting facts about the most important places of the city and its history. It’s a totally unique way of exploring Bruges. At the famous Beguinage, you get the time to get out of the carriage and take some pictures.
Another unique way of exploring Bruges: go on a boat trip.
Bruges is a rather compact city, which can easily be visited on foot. Yet, the city is also known as the ‘Venice of the North’, meaning that it offers several kilometers of canals. These waterways offer the chance of viewing the medieval city center in a totally unique way.
Boat trips are offered at several places around town and take about a half an hour.
Let’s go on a shopping spree in one of Bruges’ shopping streets.
The “Noordzandstraat” is one of two big shopping streets in Bruges’ historic city center and it’s located right by Hotel Prinsenhof. The other shopping street is called Zuidzandstraat, which runs parallel to the Noordzandstraat.
Both streets offer a myriad of shops. If you’re looking for chocolates, lace, designer clothes, antiques or a souvenir: you’re in the right place here. All around town you’ll find the nicest little shops and boutiques. Bruges hosts a lot of unexpected little shops who are all very fun to browse through.