Road Trip through Belgium: Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp
December 30, 2017
Big cities are often the destination of most travelers. Urban metropolises are well known and convenient to get to. But if you have the chance, venture out to the smaller cities, towns and villages as they will give you a true feel of what the country is really like. Brussels was a lovely city, but I enjoyed Belgium’s quaint quarters even more!
After two days in Brussels, Amber and I rented a car (read more details about the car rental in my last post) and made Ghent the first stop of our Belgian road trip. The drive from Brussels to Ghent was easy and just fifteen minutes over an hour.
We parked in a parking garage near Ghent’s city center and followed the crowd to a pedestrian only square. How cute is this Starbucks?!
Ghent is known for having incredible history and art, with several great museums to showcase them. (Check out S.M.A.K., STAM or the Design Museum)
The dramatic gothic architecture of St. Bravo’s Cathedral caught our eye as we made our way down toward the picturesque canals. Many of the houses and buildings along the canals were being renovated to preserve the beautiful Flemish architecture.
After Gent we drove just forty minutes, to Bruges. This was my favorite town in Belgium. Lots of places have photo-worthy locations throughout their limits but the entire town of Bruges was like a charming postcard!
We were just a week or two early in our travels to experience the Belgian Christmas markets, but the holiday preparations were underway in this adorable, colorful square.
We ate lunch at La Galleria, an Italian restaurant with the nicest manager. The pasta was fantastic but we had to leave room for a stop by Old Chocolate House. This place was raved about all over the internet, renowned for the best hot chocolate. It did not disappoint! We sat upstairs in their cozy cafe room decorated with stained glass windows.
Amber and I walked by the water, “ooo’ing and ahhh’ing at the fairytale-like houses along the canals. So many bike riders and walkers in Bruges. I could have stayed longer, exploring all the cobblestone streets and sitting at cozy cafes!
Antwerp was our final stop in Belgium. We walked to the illuminated city center and found a local pub on one of the side streets. We tried Kriek, Belgium’s special cherry beer. I’m not much a beer girl but this local drink was delicious!
Have you been to any of these cities in Belgium?! What were your favorite parts?! Leave a comment!