The 2nd day: taking the train to Brugge
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Brugge is called the Venice of the north with about 40 bridges. Brugge is located on the west side of Belgium. From Antwerp central, you can take every hour a train to Brugge. Travel time is about 80 minutes. The center of the city is about 1,5 km from the train station, so wear your walking shoes or take the bus.
Because of the small streets and the houses, you can see that it is a very old city. It's also a very touristic city. You will hear all languages. On your way to the Market, you will see many shops; the one is more expensive than the other. There are also a lot of souvenir - and chocolat shops. From the Market you can walk to the Burg, a square with very nice buildings.
After seeing the Burg, my mom and I searched for the choco-story museum. This museum tells you the history of the cacao bean and the chocolat on 4 flours, from the Azteken until the present. On several moments, you will see also a demonstration how to make chocolats. If you are interested in this history, you should visit this musem! This museum can also be visited by invalide people (there is an elevator). Price is about € 6,-. You will find the museum on the corner of the Sint Jansplein and the Wijnzakstraat. Open daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
After the wonderful soup in the restaurant, it was time for a tour on the water. For about € 6,50 you can see in 30 minutes Brugge from the water (very recommended). You will find the boats after the Burg square.
Just before we were going back to the train station, we stopped at the HEMA for a coffee break. This (Dutch) shop is very cheap, has a nice tearoom and the coffee and snacks are very tasteful. The HEMA is also very good with cheap sandwiches and other lunch possibilities.
At 17 p.m. we were back in the train, taking us to Antwerp again. In Antwerp we ate in a Chinese restaurant (see review).