February 20, 2018 | Rome, Italy | °C

Flemish fairy-tale

By Ingrid Williams
Published: 2009-01-24

The next morning, we wandered around town taking pictures of the quintessential quaintness. Willow trees leaned over canals filled with dark green water. Horse-drawn carriages clopped along cobblestone streets past lace shops and pancake houses. The chocolate shops, cafés and tiny B&Bs created a visual hodgepodge of charming façades.

All weekend, I kept hoping that the snow globe scene would be completed with a dusting of white flakes. Instead, a light rain fell as we munched on a breakfast of crispy fries. But even under gray clouds, the lights still twinkled, the cheerful music still played, and the comforting aroma of waffles still filled the air. In any weather, Bruges is charming. Like a fairytale … with chocolate, waffles, and beer.

The Basics

Brussels has two airports, Brussels Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Easyjet flies from Milan Malpensa to Brussels Airport. Jetairfly, myair and Wind Jet also fly to Brussels Airport from destinations including Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Forli, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Olbia and Palermo.

Trains from Brussels Airport to Bruges require a change at one of Brussels three main train stations. The trip from the airport to Brussels takes about 10 minutes. From Brussels to Bruges, it is another hour. One-way fares from the airport to Bruges are €13.50. See online schedules.

Ryanair flies to Brussels South Charleroi Airport, which is located 46 kilometers south of Brussels. From the airport, the bus to Brussels South train station departs once an hour, costs €13 each way and takes about one hour. From there, trains depart for Bruges. Alternatively, there are also direct busses to Bruges departing four times per day. The journey takes about two hours and costs €20 each way.

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