Visiting Bruges Belgium with your spouse? You don’t have to look hard enough for romantic things to do or romantic places to go to – romance will eventually find you in this picturesque UNESCO-listed old town.
Bruges is one of the most romantic spots in the world, along with Paris, Venice, and Santorini, and it’s not hard to see why. Also dubbed as “The Venice of The North” is crisscrossed by lovely canals and bridges. It boasts its plethora of charming guild houses, century-old cathedrals and buildings, quirky cafes and chocolate shops, horse-drawn carriages, and swan-filled riverbanks – all of which are perfect for your romantic getaway.
Here are some of the best things to do with your partner in Bruges Belgium.
1. Take a scenic boat trip along the lovely canals
A romantic getaway in Bruges is never complete without taking a cruise along the beautiful canals. A canal boat tour lets you marvel at the beauty of the city from a different angle. The sight of the charming guild houses, medieval buildings, and floating swans (don’t forget the swans!) looks taken straight from a fairytale book.
2. See the heart of the city on a horse
Take yourselves back to a different era with a romantic tour on a horse-drawn carriage. You’ll find them gathered around the Grote Markt and Begijnhof. Don’t forget to tip your four-legged tour guide – a piece of carrot should suffice.
3. Kiss your partner in the Lake of Love (Minnewater) and Lovers Bridge
Picture this: a tranquil lake inhabited by a thousand swans, a pedestrians’ bridge with an old-world charm, the soft sound of horse-drawn carriages, birds chirping, and church bells ringing. Don’t you just want to escape to this picturesque place with your partner and stroll hand in hand? You can even feed the swans.
But wait, there’s more! Rumor has it that if you cross the bridge with your lover and kiss, your relationship will last forever. Why don’t you try it and see if the folklore holds true?
4. Sink your teeth into delicious Belgian Chocolates
What’s more romantic than receiving a lovely box of assorted Belgian chocolates? Sharing these confectioneries with your spouse – in Bruges Belgium! Get as much Belgian chocolate as you want, for the city never runs out of amazing chocolatiers.
Aside from feasting on a box of chocolates, you can also sip a warm cup of Belgian-style hot chocolate or go on beer and chocolate tours.
5. Visit the Markt Square
Markt Square is the central town square in Belgium. It is home to the Belfry of Bruges (Belfort van Brugge) and several ancient guild houses, converted into quirky IG-worthy cafes, restaurants, and shops.
And when you visit during the winter, you can hold hands on the ice skating rink in the Markt Square. Now that’s one romantic way to beat the cold.
6. Climb the Belfry of Bruges
Don’t just stand there and adore the charming medieval bell tower – step inside and climb it! The heart-pounding 366 steps will all be once you reach the top of the tower and feast your eyes on the panoramic view of the city.
7. Take couple selfies in these romantic spots
Taking photos is one of the best free things to do in Bruges.
All of Bruges is picturesque and romantic enough for your couple selfie. But if you want something out of the ordinary, here are some of the spots to include in your dream itinerary:
- Tranquil Quays: Rozenhoedkaai (Rosary Quay), Groenerei, Gouden-Handrei, and Sint-Annarei
- For picnics and relaxation: Hof De Jonghe, Minnewater park
- IG-worthy spots: Markt Square buildings, Walplein Square, Burg Square, Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, Stoofstraat (or ‘Stove Street’), 18th-century windmills Koeleweimill and Sint-Janshuysmill,
- Bridges: Bonifacius bridge, Kings bridge (Koningsbrug), and Meestraat bridge
8. Explore Bruges at night
If you think Bruges is picturesque by daytime, wait until the sun goes down. After dark, when the warm street lamps are on and the tourists on cobblestone streets are fewer, you’ll be in awe by the magic and fairytale vibe of the city. The canal waters are calmer, giving off a dreamy reflection of the buildings. Walk around and go sightseeing to your heart’s content before heading back taking the romance to your hotel in Bruges.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a daytime writer for Green Park Hotel Brugge, a three-star hotel offering the perfect countryside accommodation experience while exploring the best-preserved medieval city of Belgium. Since this free-spirited damsel loves to go on adventures, she’s got a lot to say about travel, dining, cultural enjoyment, and lifestyle.