Bruges is a classic medieval city, which comes lined with twisting cobblestone streets, crisscrossed by canals, and towered over by the iconic Belfry of Bruges. One of Europe’s prettiest secrets, the city is the perfect short getaway from the hustle and bustle of London.
The Route: The 3.5-hour Eurostar trip starts at about $140 for a one-way ticket. You’ll need to change trains in Brussels.
Where to Stay: the very reasonably priced Hotel Bla Bla in the city center is one of the coolest, friendliest hotels in Bruges.
Where to Eat: Check out Soup, a small restaurant near Bruges’ Market Square that serves beer, panini, and, of course, soup. Cap off the day with a Belgian waffle at the nearby Chez Albert.
What to Do: Climb the Belfry, of course. It’s the city’s most famous sight, and the views from the top are nothing short of breathtaking.