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Too many days in Bruges? Day trip suggestions?

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Too many days in Bruges? Day trip suggestions?

Hi. We have an upcoming trip the end of the month and have 5 days in Bruges planned. As I research a bit, I'm wondering if that is too much time (Although it looks wonderful). We have 3 children aged 12, 10, 7. Our family likes to hike, bike, be outdoors. Can anyone familiar with the area give an opinion if 5 days is too long for Bruges, or suggest any day trips we may be able to take? We will have a car in Bruges and do plan on taking a day perhaps, if weather allows, to head up to a beach. We will be coming from the Rhine Valley prior to Bruges. Thank you in advance for any input.

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1. Re: Too many days in Bruges? Day trip suggestions?

The 5 days you have planned may be a little on the long side, especially for the children. A couple of simple ideas that combine being out and about and bikes - hire bikes and then ride out to Damme, a small village not far outside Bruges. It is a popular outing from the city and any of the many bike rental outlets will be able to point you in the right direction. The vast majority of the route is on dedicated cycle paths so very safe, and flat so pretty easy cycling for all, and it is a very pretty route.

If you wanted to go to the beach instead of taking a car, why not try the train? Knokke or Oostende are very quick and then there is the option of the Kustram that runs along almost the whole sea front. That is assuming you don't want to be really active and cycle there (about 20km, 13 miles each way).

Other places that can easily by visited by train include Ghent or Antwerpen, or if you want to go out in the car, a trip to Ieper (Ypres) might be worth considering.

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