8 days in Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

8 days in Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Perpignan
Drive:  12 h 45 min
1
Bruges
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Brussels
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Perpignan

3
nights
Bruges

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stop by Chocolates & Happiness, steep yourself in history at Sashuis, stroll around Minnewaterpark, then take in the pleasant sights at Walplein, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karmelietenkerk Ou Eglise des Carmes. Keep things going the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at WW1 Battlefields Alive, examine the collection at Pondfarm Museum, then take in the history at Battle of Polygon Wood, then appreciate the history behind The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Arentshof.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner.

Perpignan, France to Bruges is an approximately 11- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Perpignan in March: high temperatures in Bruges hover around 50°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Battle of Polygon Wood, Hoeke Windmill, Pondfarm Museum, WW1 Battlefields Alive
Highlights from your plan
Brugge Sint Jacobskerk ©
Brugge Sint Jacobskerk
Chocolates & Happiness ©
Chocolates & Happiness
Minnewaterpark ©
Minnewaterpark

4
nights
Brussels

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Planete Chocolat and Van Buuren Museum. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' (in Halle), European Flight Simulator (in Gosselies) and Mons (St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Francois Duesberg Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, walk around Parc Elisabeth, examine the collection at Musee Schaerbeekois de la Biere, and wander the streets of Place St. Gery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brussels attractions planner.

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Brussels are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mons, Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', European Flight Simulator
Highlights from your plan
Francois Duesberg Museum ©
Francois Duesberg Museum
Planete Chocolat ©
Planete Chocolat
Van Buuren Museum ©
Van Buuren Museum