With its historic city streets and stunning architecture, a visit to Bruges can often feel like you’ve stepped straight into a Disney film. While this beautiful city boasts plenty of cheap beer, the wealth of attractions on offer aren’t always kind on your wallet, which is why we’ve compiled the top free things to do in Bruges.
1. Soak up the atmosphere in the Main Square.
The Market is the epicentre of a city break to Bruges, and it’s not hard to see why. Adorned with charming 17th century buildings and amassed with people, this is the ideal spot to do some people-watching – don’t forget to bring your camera so you can capture those spectacular surroundings!
2. Visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood
With its breath-taking murals and stained glass windows, a visit to this Romanesque chapel is worth a visit to catch a glimpse at the architecture alone. Said to contain the blood of Jesus Christ, it’s one of the world’s most treasured religious sites and what’s more, it won’t cost you a penny to enter.
3. Experience Flemish Flavours at the Market
Belgium is home to its fair share of good food, and Bruges is no different in this respect. The city’s local market takes place on a Saturday, offering up everything from delicious Belgian waffles to locally-sourced meat and vegetables. Take full advantage of the free samples on offer for an authentic taste of the city.
4. Take a Stroll along the Canal
Often referred to as the Venice of the North, Bruges is a maze of waterways. Experience the city’s beauty with a long walk alongside its charming canals, taking in the stunning sights of the medieval city on foot.
5. Visit the Church of Our Lady
This church looks particularly striking from the outside, with beautiful medieval architecture that wouldn’t look out of place in a fairy-tale. Venture inside and you’ll find even more surprises. While it boasts some impressive artwork, the main attraction is a marble sculpture of Michelangelo’s Madonna.
Whether sampling delicious Belgian fare or immersing yourself in the spirit of the city, there are plenty of things to do in Bruges that won’t have you reaching into your wallet. Have you got any tips for free activities in Bruges? Share your top tips by commenting below.