Bruges is absolute heaven for kids. They can explore the city by canal boat or pony-and-trap, and also navigate the pedestrianized streets safely by bike. In fact, the city itself is the attraction for some children, who love the notion that around every corner there’s a 1,000-year-old building or some hidden courtyard.
And nowhere else will you find museums with such child-appeal factor as the Fries Museum, which tells the story of the humble potato, or Choco-Story where they can learn about the process of making the world’s favorite sweet treat and take a master class in the art. The Historium offers the city’s most child-appropriate introduction to Bruges, with a dynamic and entertaining walk-through exhibition encompassing film, multi-media, and interactive exhibits. The Archeologiemuseum (Archaeological Museum) at Mariastraat 36a (tel 050/448-711; https://bezoekers.brugge.be/en/archeologiemuseum-archeological-museum) is also designed with kids in mind, with lots of interactive displays, the occasional skeleton, and medieval costumes to dress up in.
The cuisine of Belgium, with its waffles, fries, omelets, and toasted sandwiches, lends itself to junior appetites—try the frietkoten (fries stands) in the Markt—as do the numerous yummy chocolate stores . And winter visits to Bruges turn up Christmas fairs and an ice rink in the Markt plus wacky installations on Stationesplein during the Snow & Ice Sculpture Festival, which lasts from mid-November to early January .
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