After a short stint in Brussels Georgia and I shouldered our heavy bags and made the hour long train journey to the beautiful medieval town of Bruges. We stayed at the Lybeer Traveler’s Hostel, a little walk away from the station.
Here are my ratings for the Lybeer Hostel:
- Comfort: 7/10, the beds are comfy however the top bunk is a little awkward to climb on to
- Cleanliness: 10/10, so far no problems!
- Access: 8/10, the directions on Hostelworld were relatively straightforward, however I did have to nip into a shop to ask if we were going the right way
- Security: 5/10, I feel safe here however there is nowhere to lock up your bag whilst you are out exploring
- Wifi: 6/10, it is free however not very consistent, I had to keep reconnecting which was a bit annoying
- Staff: 8/10, very friendly and helpful
We almost immediately left to seek out some food. Food in Belgium, we have discovered, is a little bit expensive, and many places prefer cash over card. Just a little tip if you are planning a trip to this little country.
After filling ourselves up on spaghetti bolognaise we started to wander round the cobbled streets.
One of my favourite things to do in a new place is to take a boat tour. It is a quick way of viewing the local landmarks whilst also being very picturesque!
After a tasty Belgian waffle for breakfast we headed down to the Minnewater Park, famed for being one of the most romantic walks in the city. We then wandered along the streets for a while and then decided to climb the Belfry tower. Make sure to bring your sensible shoes!
My observations of Bruges:
- If you are staying at a hostel and making your own food make sure to shop before half 6 which is when most of the shops close and the center is basically deserted.
- You can never get lost in Bruges, it is a small city with many squares and parks and if you turn a corner you are likely to end up near where you started in the first place.
- Food is expensive.
- Most of the locals speak English as well as French and Dutch.