Bruges is considered one of the most popular cities in Belgium. Popularity however doesn’t necessarily mean unaffordable by definition. Even in the mecca of chocolate, there are ways to make the most out of a tight budget in Bruges.
Ranking high on the list of most popular Benelux destinations, Bruges falls easily alongside cities like Brussels, Gent and Antwerp. Regarded as a favourable weekend getaway, Bruges is known for its international port and cultural history. Some of the most influential Belgian painters like Jan van Eyck and Jacob Brugge were active here. Compact in size, Bruges is perfect to discover by foot. Be surprised and find out how far a budget tour through Bruges can go!
Economy shopping in Bruges
Many travellers spend a weekend in Bruges looking to refurbish their wardrobe with the latest seasonal collection. Spending an afternoon shopping in Bruges’ city centre is most effective during the infamous ‘solden’, held in January and July. Discount offers can reach up to a staggering 70% off! Zuidzandstraat, Steenstraat and Noordzandstraat are your best bet for the best bargains. The city is further comprised of idyllic streets and rustic squares with varying markets. Worthwhile to take a peak as many sell goods cheaper than those found in stores. One of the more popular flea markets is situated on the Vismarkt. Clothing, accessories, vegetables, herbs and spices, antiques and interior goods are found here just to name a few!
By far the most cost-friendly way to discover the Belgian culture of Bruges is afoot. Sights like the Belfort tower, made famous by the movie “In Bruges”, is found on the Markt. All 366 steps within the belfry welcome you for a climb at no extra cost! And after some exertion and possible palpitations, an awe-inspiring view of Bruges in its entirety awaits you at the top. The Begijnhof and St. Salvator’s Cathedral, along with the many chocolate patisseries unique to Bruges, are simply a must-see.
Trip to the brewery
Brouwerij De Halve Maan is another affordable sight to visit and home to the original ‘Brugse Zot’ of Bruges. Guided tours are an inexpensive way to learn about vintage brewing techniques while having a few nips along the way. Dining areas in the family-run brewery are perfect to spice up your lunch break!
Bruges City Card
Planning to explore as many landmarks and museums as possible? The Bruges City Card may be right for you. With a starting price of €46 it grants access to 27 museums including the Groeningemuseum and the In Flanders Fields Museum. Get reductions on bike rental and various activities like concerts and theatrical performances with the very same card! This way you will get the most out of the historic and cultural elements that make up Bruges.