Brussels or Brugge?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by MRSH, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    Am thinking about going to Belgium for four days in November and can't decide between Brussels or Brugge - they both look quite decent and interesting cities to visit.

    Will be staying in a hotel wherever we go.

    Anyone got any views on which one is better to stay in and why?

  2. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Brugge -> very nice historical city with nice restaurated buildings, but that's about it I guess (besides a fantastic new and expensive concert hall that's barely used)

    Brussels -> Also has its medieval buildings etc., The early 20th century (art nouveau) buildings are very nice too. On top of that, there are a couple of real good museums and, because it's a big city, there's much more to do "at night" and there are more shops. On the other hand, some parts of Brussels can be very dirty and there are a couple of areas that you better stay away from (because of crime, especially after dark).

    Anywhere you will go, it is always very easy to go from the one city to the other. The train takes less than an hour and it's not that expensive... (maybe have a quick stopover in Ghent as well while you're passing through...)
  3. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    I can recommend Brugge and Ghent. The transport links are very good so I would say where ever you stay make trips to the other cities anyway.
    Just be carefull of those duppels and trippels - they don't make weak beer in Belgium.:eek:
  4. Nanny Ogg

    Nanny Ogg Member

    Brugge and Ghent would get my vote too. Ypres is also fab. Have fond memories of playing the bandstand in the square.

    Ostend is a bit of a dump so avoid there.

    Belgian "monk" beer is excellent. If your a meat eater then the stew served in most places around the main square in Brugge I'm told is scrummy.
  5. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    And expensive, I presume ;)

    Stew is actually one of our Flemish specialities I think, especially the "In Grandmother's Way" type of stew ("Stoofvlees op grootmoeders wijze"in Dutch). Together of course with "steak and fries" ("biefstuk-friet") :D
  6. Nanny Ogg

    Nanny Ogg Member

    To be fair I thought the stew was well priced and good value for money.

    Must admit its the beer that was my weakness,
  7. Texus

    Texus Member

    Definately Bruges - fantastic town for just about everything - especially great beer and food. Try to get out into the country for a few hours. Ypres etc. will blow you away.
  8. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Active Member

    Went to both when in Belgium a few years ago. Preferred Brussels. Lots of things to see. Have they still got all the painted cows?
  9. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Some may be left, but most of them are gone I think.
    It was only an "art project"...
  10. Jasonp

    Jasonp Member

    I've just come back from Bruges. I was there for the 350th anniversary celebrations of the Grenadier Guards where I did a concert in the Theatre and a parade through the streets and main square
    They were formed in Bruges by King Charles II.
    It's a beautiful city and the food and drink are fab. Highly recommended.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2006
  11. Pops2501

    Pops2501 Active Member

    What is it about a man in uniform!!

    Looks fab ;)
  12. wkt

    wkt Member

    Some years back we stayed for a few nights in Brussels, in the Novotel Tour Noir, which was just on the edge of what I think is called the Pentagon, which is the old City. We really enjoyed it - a lovely city. The hotel was quite new at the time and was very nice and a little less expensive than those in the tourist district which was just a short walk away. We travelled by train to Brugges for a day - quite a short journey. Brugges is very beautiful and we went back a few years later for a week, staying in a small rented house. I don't think you would go far wrong with a few days in either, particularly if you like chocolate. Whichever you stay in, the other is worth a visit.

  13. leisa

    leisa Active Member

    My parents have been to Brugge around July-ish time last year and they really loved it think there was some festival on when they were there thou and they said loads of steel bands n stuff were paradeing. I have been to neither though, have been to Leuven and that seemed really nice, was only there for a couple of days though.
  14. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    And you didn't come to say hi to me? :frown:
    Next time make sure you do ;)
  15. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    I loved Brugge. Got the most drunk there I think I've ever been, and I was in Amsterdam a couple of weeks after I was in Brugge...
    I didn't rate Brussels, I know it's supposed to have nice bits but all I saw were huge office blocks and hordes of cars. And our bus driver got seriously lost on the ring road. Oddly enough he did the same thing in paris a year later. maybe he was just a bad driver.
  16. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    You must have had the same driver Killamarsh had four years ago, he got lost on the Brussels ring road too and also going to Paris. After three goes round the Brussels ring road he pulled into a garage to ask directions where a very helpful ambulance driver agreed to escort us off the ring road into the centre - we were playing in a square just off the Grande Place. All went well until the ambulance got a call out - put his blues on and disappeared into the distance.

    We also had a horrendous trip from Lille to Paris where we were playing at the back of Notre Dame - we'd had some pretty direr journeys so we ran a book on how long it would take us to get there. The driver had indicated he'd allowed 3 hours to get there we had a sweep stake for times up to 10 hours. Once we got in sight of Paris he informed us that he's only been to Paris once before and that was 15 years ago and he just drove straight through then.

    Needless to say it took us 6 hours to get to the front of Notre Dame and our principal cornet was claiming his prize unfortunatley it then took another hour to get to the back.

    Lesson learned don't use a coach company that is cr@p and a driver that hasn't prepared for your journey - never had a similar problem since as we now always use a good firm with a fantastic driver - Fraser Eagle and Harry Johnson - top man and top firm.
  17. leisa

    leisa Active Member

    aww I am sorry, i was playin thou so technically u should have come to the concert to see me!! ;)
  18. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    where did you play?

    btw. If you've been to Brugge or Ghent before, Leuven is a very nice city too, a bit like Oxford, with all the university buildings inside the old city centre. Plenty of pubs to (because of all the students) and a lot of things are organized in the summer as well. It's only 20 minutes by train from Brussels
  19. Rach_Horn

    Rach_Horn Member

    It was a YBS concert at the Lemmens Institute Conservatory in Leuven. :)
  20. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Oh yes, I couldn't make it to that unfortunately.
    But I heard that several members of the band were spotted on the Oude Markt until the very early hours ;)