Biking in Bruges, Belgium

posted by Sharon 35 Comments

Bruges, Belgium is known for its chocolate and beer, and biking in Bruges is another plus.

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We spent a relaxing day biking along the canal from Bruges to the border of the Netherlands, and this turned out to be a highlight of our trip to Europe.

Biking Along the Canal

For bike rentals, we went to see Eric Popelier, whose shop is right off the market square. Our plan was to ride to the next town, Damme, then eat lunch and bike back to Bruges. The young man who rented the bikes suggested we aim instead for the town of Sluis, much farther away and right on the border of the next country. He instructed us to follow the canal and enjoy ourselves. Why not?!

A few blocks from the center of the town we found the canal and began our enjoyable tour of the Belgian countryside. Windmills and farmland made for picturesque cycling.

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Bruges BelgiumSoon we arrived in Damme and found giant French fries. Bruges Belgium

And then we continued along the canal. Bruges BelgiumBruges Belgium

Bruges BelgiumLunch in the Town of Sluis

About lunchtime, we cycled into Sluis. I had not heard of this little city before, but it turned out to be a delight. The people out and about here love dogs. The shopkeepers love dogs. Bicycles are the preferred method of transportation, so we fit in well.

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This is the view from the sidewalk café where we ate sandwiches.

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Biking Back to Bruges for Waffles

Rested and fortified, we hopped on our bikes and headed back towards Bruges. With all the stopping to admire windmills and the scenery, this trip took a good part of the day. We turned in our bikes late in the afternoon, just in time to enjoy a snack of Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. Yum!

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If you go to Bruges, Belgium, consider spending a day in the country on a bicycle, taking in the peaceful scenes and fresh air. Biking in Bruges is something you will want to do there for sure! You’ll be so glad you did!

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35 Comments

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bettyl - NZ at

Oh, what lovely scenery! I love the old architecture and the sweet pups are so cute!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin at

So colorful! I love the windmills. What a fun adventure!

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Handmade in Israel at

What a wonderful day you had! Bruges is lovely I know, but Sluis sounds equally gorgeous (and I love all the dogs!). Your snack looks yummy.

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Carol at

Beautiful landscape to bike through.

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tanya breese at

wow these are all so great! i really love the architecture in the 2nd and 3rd and really, really love all the dog pictures!!

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Pat at

What a wonderful adventure! It looks like you had perfect weather. I loved all your colorful photos and the adorable dogs

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jesh StG at

You came here to about one and a half hr. South of where I grew up as a child, in the province of Zeeland in Holland (where, by the way all the dykes broke through in the flood of 1955). Very familiar sites! The only difference for W-Europeans is that biking is the way to get one’s groceries, and for many, the way to school, job, etc. Greatly captured, Sharon and many thanks for sharing your biking adventure with ALL SEASONS! Have a beautiful week! (And thank you again for all the effort you put into leaving me a comment last week:):) )

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Rhonda Albom at

Biking in Bruges is a great idea.I walked the city when I was there but definitely see the pluses of bicycling.

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Molly at

The whole place looks so lovely. I really like the coloured buildings in the second image in this series

Mollyxx

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Stephanie (@Vaycarious.com) at

Sharon, this looks like the perfect day! And I have serious waffle envy now. 🙂

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Ruth at

Ahhhh! The city is fantastic. There is no doubt about it. However, I find the countryside very appealing. You have no idea how I would like to bike around the canals, windmills and small towns. I try to find a balance between the urban and the natural when I travel. #WednesdayWanderlust

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Corey with fifi + hop at

I have never been to Bruges, but it looks like the perfect city, and the perfect city to bike in! So picturesque I love seeing all the photos. #citytripping

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Nathy at

What a lovely, relaxing day!! And those doggies!! Omgsh so cute and fluffy! The shiba inu is my all-time favorite dog.

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Brooke of Passport Couture at

Incredible landscapes and scenery! The bike path along the canals looks so serene and peaceful. It must have been such a lovely experience to bike along these trails. #citytripping

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Jeanna at

Excellent post, since I can’t hop on a bike right now I’m going to pop some pommes frites in the toaster oven. I’ve always found taking photos while biking a challenge and when I found what I thought was the perfect camera it got waterlogged and now I’m back to square one. I can see why this would be a highlight of your travels.

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Tanja (the Red phone box travels) at

beautiful photos! I loved Bruges too when I visited it:) but on foot, not by bike:) #citytripping

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Lovelygishi at

Wow so awesome and fun adventure! Love the pics!

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Elizabeth Stewart at

Another lovely place in the world that would be a joy to see in person!

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Jim, Sydney, Australia at

Great shots. Beautiful place.
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Ahila at

The biking trail along the canal in Bruges looks so peaceful and lovely! A great place to stroll as well, in such beautiful weather. #CityTripping

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kelleyn rothaermel at

Love all the photos! Went there a long time ago but need to go back!

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Cathy (MummyTravels) at

What a gorgeous way to explore – I do love Bruges, it’s so pretty, but a day cycling through that countryside (and stopping for the occasional waffle) sounds fabulous. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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Lydia C. Lee at

We’re going soon. Can’t wait. Looks so beautiful. Will note down the bike shop!

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Ida P. Krause at

Wow there were so many photos here that were just beautiful. I enjoyed your post.

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Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays at

So many dogs! Also, my bike has those dotty panniers. We need a weekend cycling in Bruges. Definitely one to stumble. #CityTripping

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Buckeroomama at

I love this series of photos! They make me want to visit Belgium in our next trip to Europe.

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) at

Definitely a great way to see Bruges! I love the details you’ve captured in the photos, especially the dogs! #citytripping

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Edith & Juan at

I love all your pictures! What a neat way to see the city riding a bike, especially Bruges. Can’t wait to visit some day! #weekendwanderlust

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David at

Looks like some lovely countryside and cycling seems like a great way to enjoy it. I know Belgium is quite flat so no awful hills! Might consider doing this when I visit Bruge!

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Sophie @ Sophie's World at

Biking is such an excellent way to see the Be-Ne-Lux countries! What bright, colourful photos.

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Smiling Notes at

Wow!! All the photos are so beautiful!! Loved them!

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Photo(Geo)grapher at

What scenic places!

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Lyn @ A Hole in my Shoe at

I see some lovely places we missed in Bruges as we always opt to walk. Beautiful photos, especially the doggie pics in Sluis. I’d love to check out this little city next time we are in Bruges.

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How to spend a day in Bruges at

[…] their way through the extraordinarily beautiful canals. Another great way to see the sights is biking in and around this charming town. But despite the chill in the air we chose to walk and absorb the […]

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David Henry H at

I will be visiting Bruges next month and you’ve given me a great idea how to spend one of the days …. thank you!

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