Day trip to Brugge

Old Jun 8th, 2008, 03:00 PM
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Day trip to Brugge

Husband and I, will be in Paris on Late September 2008 and are planning a day trip to Brugge (by train).

We are in the 30-35's and were thinking about take the boat tour then rent a bike to go around the city.

Considering we have so little time, what sights we CAN'T MISS? Also, is it worth to visit the windmills around Brugge?

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Old Jun 8th, 2008, 03:49 PM
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It's about a six hour round trip especially if you figure in time from/to the train stations. Doesn't leave much time for touring. I spent two days in Brugge many years ago. Pleasant to look at and the boat trip gives a good view of the place, but overall the town wasn't very memorable.
There are many other places closer to Paris like Versailles and Giverny that are more interesting.
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My husband and I took a day to Bruges trip from, if I recall, either Cityrama or Parisvision. I checked both sites but did not see any Bruges offerings. I did find another company, just click on it and go right to Bruges:

http://www.viator.com/Paris-tours/Da...rsions/d479-g5

When we were in Paris last, 1993, we passed, I thought a Cityrama office, went in and booked for next day. We had to be at bus early in the morning and got back in afternoon, if I recall. We both enjoyed this trip very much. Bruges is quaint, delighful and to us, fairytale-ish. I recall the lovely houses in route there. I would say, "GO"!
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Old Jun 8th, 2008, 05:01 PM
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Hard to tell you what YOU can't miss without knowing what your interests are.

If you're into beer, then spend your time in many, many beer bars, as well as a brewery tour.

If you're into "ambience", then just wander around town, take a canal tour.

If you're into art, MUST SEE is the Groeninge Museum and the Memling Museum. The 2 have incredible collection of Flemish Primitive paintings by artists like van Eyck, Bosch, and obviously, Memling. Nearby church, Church of our Lady, has a sculpture by Michelangelo.

For me, personally (I'm 35) I would spend my whole day at the museums.

DH & I will be in Brugge later this year. He love beer, but also art, so we'll split our time between beer bars, museums, and brewery.
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Old Jun 8th, 2008, 05:03 PM
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Of course, if you're a chocoholic, you can spend your whole day in Brugge visiting the many chocolate shops it has!
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Old Jun 8th, 2008, 06:22 PM
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Thanks for all the tips... it really helped me..

I just added to my list of possibilities a day trip to Reims instead of Brugge.

Changing beer by champagnes ;o)
And only a 45 min travel from Paris.

I will come back to this post.. so if you have a better idea, feel free!

See you!
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Here is another recommendation for the Cityrama day trip to Brugge. We did it and it was worthwhile.
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Antwerp or Brussels would definitely be better than Brugge for a day-trip from Paris (direct trains). Why don't you check out Lille, otherwise ? Though Reims sounds great too.
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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 09:48 AM
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We did a day trip from Paris to Brugge last year. Took an early Thalys train to Brussels and then alocal train to Brugge. Had plenty of time to have a long lunch, a boat trip, saw some sights, etc. We were back in Paris by 7. A very pleasant day.
 
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