If you're looking for some simple, Flemish flare, then a trip to Bruges or Ghent, Belgium, is a must! Known for their decadent chocolates and homey, bustling vibes, they hold all the comforts you'll ever need.
Let's help you decide which city fits you for your next trip! Both cities are full of history, delightful culinary scenes, and colorful art.
Bruges is traditional and quiet.
Ghent is busy as it's a university town with a buzzing nightlife.
Learn more about both cities to discover which city is right for you!
Historic Bruges, the "Venice of the North," is a magical, fairytale city. Its patchwork streets and winding canals combine with ornate buildings to create a breathtaking backdrop for the city's medieval history. Dating back to the 15th century, the city center remained almost untouched by both World Wars. As a preserved piece of history, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Ghent has remained an underrated historical hub. But that's changed as more people discover the vast wealth of history hidden beneath its bustling university vibes. This rebellious city has proudly defied those who have tried to rule it. From pompous nobles to Holy Roman emperors, the people of Ghent have taken their liberty into their own hands. With the Castle of Counts as a backdrop, the citizens proudly embrace their free city.
A food-lovers Heaven
Rich, beer-based stews and mouthwatering seafood treats are found in abundance in conventional Bruges. But don't let its stodgy appearance fool you! Numerous Michelin-star restaurants present a modern, urban twist to classic Belgian dishes.
The university vibes of Ghent lend themselves to a hip, modern foodie paradise. With a strong focus on vegan food, this city is a rare find in meat-loving Belgium. Find the right ingredients for your night-in at nearby organic shops and markets. Or, settle into a classy booth at one of the mainstream vegetarian or vegan restaurants for a healthy, delicious dinner.
Bruges's is the more understated city giving off quiet, unobtrusive feels for those looking for a night of fun, music, and drink. But don't fall for its austere front! Bruges takes its fun underground to cozy medieval cellar bars where everyone enjoys music and mugs of strong Belgian beer. If the city looks sleepy, it's because everyone is down in the cellars enjoying good company and an undercurrent of fun at the Bruggenaars.
Ghent likes to show off its wild, rebellious side through its university-style nightlife. With cocktail bars, speakeasies, and dance halls – this is the place to go if you're looking for unparalleled entertainment!
Art and museums
Everyone knows that french fries don't come from France. Or do they? Find out what you know about this greasy, delicious staple food at the French Fry Museum in Bruges. Head over to the Groeningemuseum, to see a host of Flemish masterpieces in breathtaking exhibits. Paintings by Jan Van Eyck and Hans Memling memorialize Belgium during its Golden Age.
While Bruges loves to flaunt its cultured, historic past quietly, Ghent takes the cake with its art scene. Graffiti Alley offers a fresh, energetic perspective for today's amateur artists. Enthusiasts worldwide are encouraged to add their touch to the growing display of street art. Step into one of Ghent's ultra-modern art museums for a well-rounded look at the contemporary world.
Which city is right for you?
Each city holds a mind-boggling array of glorious things to do, but which one feels like the right fit for you?
Trendy but classic Ghent or dignified, historic Bruges – the choice is yours, click here to let us know, and we can get started on your next trip!