Morning. We set off early for our tour and explore the city centre - on foot, of course. We stroll a short distance along the Dijver canal, turn off to the market with the 83 m high Belfry, once a fire watch and a visible sign of the rich bourgeoisie. The 366 steps up are exhausting, but the magnificent view compensates. Through winding alleys we come to the Boniface Bridge and on to the Church of Our Lady - both hotspots that should not be missed on a visit to Bruges.
Lunchtime. After a stroll through the shopping streets of Noordzand and Sudzand, a break on the lively Simon Stevinplein square is just the thing to fortify yourself in one of the cafés. Right next door, two of the best chocolatiers, Dumon and Chocolate Line, offer everything your chocolate heart desires. After a detour to the Groeninge Museum (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. An aperitif on Rozenhoedkaai is the perfect start to the evening. The view over the water is probably one of the most photographed motifs in Bruges. And for good reason. To counteract the onset of hunger, Bruges' gastronomy offers a wide choice of eateries - not all of them of good quality. We are therefore happy to follow the recommendation of our hosts. The Flemish beer goulash (stoofvlees) or the mussels with chips (moules frites) taste particularly good in "De Vlaamsche Pot" and "Bistro Christophe".
Morning. The city wants to be discovered from the water. That's why a boat trip through the canals of Bruges is on the programme for the second day. You can board the small boats at five stops (daily start from 10 am). We catch a particularly friendly captain who shares his knowledge of the city anecdotally, and learn that there are more than 50 bridges over the canals in "Little Venice". And this too: the medieval city centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Lunchtime. In the south of Bruges lies Minnewater, a small lake surrounded by trees. We enjoy the beautiful surroundings on one of the park benches by the lake or during a walk through the peaceful Minnewater Park. Right next door we visit the Beguinage, founded in 1245. It, too, is an oasis of peace. Especially in spring and summer, the courtyard with a large meadow and dense trees offers a picturesque view, as the great Flemish painters liked to capture in their paintings.
Evening. Of course, we also want to drink beer in Bruges. And the best thing is to take a guided tour of the last remaining family brewery in the city: "De Halve Maan". Beer and Belgium belong together, and the "Cambrinus" brewery advertises that it has over 400 types of beer in stock. For wine drinkers, the "Wijnbar Est" is recommended, also because of the delicious small dishes that provide a good basis. With that, we let the last evening come to an end and promise to come back soon.