One week in Belgium — Bruges, Ghent and Brussels itinerary

Amy Trumpeter
16 min readNov 20, 2023

So, you have one week in Belgium and you’re wondering how to spend it? You have come to the right place! I’ve just returned from a week in Brussels, Ghent and Bruges and had a fantastic time. Let’s not talk about how much weight I put on eating all the amazing Belgian stew, waffles and Belgian chocolates! The good news is that a week is the perfect amount of time to see the highlights of Belgium. You will enjoy a more relaxed pace and have more local experiences than those who rush in to see Bruges in one day from the cruise ships. I’m happy to share my Belgium itinerary with you, and I have no doubt that you’re gonna love it….

What to pack for Belgium

What to pack for Belgium will depend on what time of year you travel. If you are going in the summer then take plenty of leggings, cycling shorts and T-shirts with a light fleece and rain Mac. If you are going in the winter then add a few jeans and jumpers with a heavier wind and rainproof overcoat.

For a week in Belgium in the autumn, I managed to travel hand luggage only — I was proud of myself for fitting everything I needed for 7 days into just one bag! It would have been more of a challenge if I was doing this in the winter months, but it can be done! If you are travelling with a cheap airline (I flew Ryanair from Manchester to Charleroi.

Getting to Belgium

You will probably fly into Brussels. There are two main airports in Brussels — the mainBrussels Airport (informally called Brussels-National Airport or Brussels-Zaventem Airport) serviced by the main international flights and Brussels Charleroi which is predominantly served by the European cheap airlines. If you fly Easyjet or Ryanair you will probably fly into Charleroi.

It’s just 20 minutes by train from Brussels airport to the city centre.

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Amy Trumpeter

Hi I’m Amy — travel blogger, dog lover, digital marketer. I write mainly about Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Getting into drones!