3 Days in Belgium // A Belgium Itinerary for First-Timers

3 days in Belgium
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Waffles, chocolate, beer… oh, and things that aren’t food too… there are so many things to do in Belgium that it’s hard to know where to start – especially if you only have 3 days in Belgium!

In this post, I’ll be sharing the best itinerary for first-timers for 3 days in Belgium. You’ll visit both Brussels and Bruges, try all the best food, and come back with a bucket full of experiences. So if you want to know what to do in Belgium in 3, then you definitely need to visit this post.

Here’s everything you need to know to spend a great 3 days in Belgium!

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How to Get to Belgium

Budget flights from Europe to Brussels Charleroi are cheap and plentiful. From there, you’ll have about an hour-long bus ride to reach the Brussels city center. I suggest taking the Brussels City Shuttle from Brussels Charleroi to Brussels Midi/Brussels Zuid.

If you’re lucky enough to fly into Brussels’ main airport, there are plenty of transport links to get you where you need to go. Check out this page from brussels.info for all the deets.

Where to Stay for 3 Days in Belgium

For the purposes of this itinerary, I suggest basing yourself in Brussels and making a day trip to Bruges (as outlined in this itinerary). If cities aren’t really your thing though, then you can also easily base yourself in Bruges with a day trip to Brussels (or wherever else you want to go!).

Here are a few recommendations for where to stay in Brussels for your 3 days in Belgium:

  • The President Brussels Hotel ($$$) – A luxurious option with all of the amenities, including a gym and delicious breakfast.
  • Hotel Retro ($$) – A great mid-range option that’s only a 20-minute walk from the city center and well-connected to public transport. Simple but well-designed and spacious rooms.
  • Citadines Saint Catherine Brussels Aparthotel ($$) – Modern apartments on the edge of the historic center.
  • MEININGER Brussels ($) – For a budget option, head to MEININGER Brussels. In addition to dorm rooms, they also have private rooms. This is where I stayed and it was a great option. Read my full review here!
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How to Get Around During Your 3 Days in Belgium

Brussels is a pretty small city, so it’s likely that you’ll be able to walk everywhere that you need to go. If you do end up needing to take public transport, I’d suggest simply buying point to point tickets rather than a pass (if you’re walking most places the pass won’t be worth it).

To get to Bruges on your day trip, head to Brussels Central Station and hop on one of the many trains that head to Bruges (their finally point is usually further on – generally Knokke or Oostende). If you’re confused about what train to get on, just ask someone! They’re more than likely to know where to point you. If you’re under the age of 25, be sure to buy a Go Pass rather than a regular ticket!

3 Days in Belgium Itinerary // Day One // Brussels

Brussels Comic Strip Walls

Get acquainted with the city of Brussels by seeking out the Brussels Comic Strip Walls. This is a great alternative to your traditional walking tour because it takes you all over the city and down streets you might never have thought of exploring otherwise. It’s definitely on my list of what to do in Belgium in 3 days!

Read more about my experience and get tips and tricks for finding the Brussels Comic Strip Walls in this blog post.

The Top Sights of Brussels

On your hunt for the Brussels Comic Strip Walls, you’re likely to stumble upon most of Brussels’ top sights – like the Manneken Pis and the Grand Place. If you happened to miss any that you really wanted to see, though, take the time now to go out and find them!

Not sure what to see in Belgium in 3 days? I suggest taking a walking tour!

Brussels Waffle Workshop

Skip lunch because you’re going to want to have as much room as possible for your next stop… a Brussels Waffle Workshop. Meet your guide at the Grand Place to learn all about Belgian waffles and then make your own! Oh, and did I mention that it’s all you can eat?

Click here to book your Brussels Waffle Workshop.

Dinner at Chez Leon

Once If you’re hungry again continue the theme of sampling traditional Belgian foods with a dinner at Chez Leon, one of Brussels’ most famous restaurants to eat mussels at. Get a pot of mussels, fries, and beer for only €15,95!

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3 Days in Belgium Itinerary // Day Two // Day Trip to Bruges

A day trip to Bruges is an absolute must for doing Belgium in 3 days. It’s one of the most charming cities I’ve ever visited, and I can assure you that you’ll fall in love with it.

Train to Bruges

Get up bright and early and make your way to Brussels Central Station and hop on a train to Bruges for a day trip.

I suggest buying your train tickets ahead of time on Omio so you can arrange your Belgium itinerary perfectly.

Minnewater Park

The famous Minnewater Park is close by to the train station and therefore a great first stop for your day in Bruges. Be sure to say hi to the swans get a picture of yourself in the famous lakeside cafe!

Begijnhof

If you’re a bit overwhelmed by the crowds already, take a minute to retreat to the Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde. This unassuming UNESCO World Heritage Site was once home to religious laywomen and is now inhabited by Benedictine nuns. It also just so happens to require visitors to be quiet.

Wander the Streets

Bruges really is the perfect place to get lost. Instead of sticking your nose in a guidebook and hitting up all the main sites, take some time to wander down random streets and see what you can find.

The Burg & Markt Squares

A visit to Bruges probably wouldn’t be complete without a stop in two of its famous squares: Burg and Markt. If you get really lost, just plug one of them into Google Maps (they’re right next to each other), but more likely than not you’ll happen upon them while you’re wandering.

Old Chocolate House

Take a break from your busy day and stop into the Old Chocolate House for some hot chocolate. It’s guaranteed to knock your socks off.

Bruges Canal Tour

Time to see the city from a different angle! Hop aboard one of the many Bruges canal tour boats (€8), sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Try to get a seat near the front if you can, to make sure you’re able to hear the guide.

3 Days in Belgium Itinerary // Day Three // Brussels

Musical Instruments Museum

Brussels is known for its museums, and the Musical Instruments Museum is one of the best. While I didn’t actually get the chance to visit the museum while I was in Brussels (it’s closed on Mondays, aka when I tried to go), I’ve heard fantastic things about it. Start your morning off right by exploring this beautiful museum – and get a great view of the city from its rooftop cafe!

If you’re interested in visiting multiple museums in Brussels, then I highly suggest purchasing the Brussels Card to save some money!

Jardin du Mont des Arts

Even if the Musical Instruments Museum is closed (aka it’s a Monday), head up to it anyway. The view from the Jardin du Mont des Arts is worth the fifteen-minute walk uphill.

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Brussels Chocolate Tour

Finally, say goodbye to Belgium in the most Belgian way possible: by indulging in all the chocolate you can eat. Take a guided chocolate tour of the city or follow my self-guided walking tour. Either way, be sure to enjoy every last piece of chocolate!

What You Shouldn’t Miss in 3 Days in Belgium

First things first. You absolutely should not miss Bruges while you’re in Belgium. It is so stupidly gorgeous. You can either take a day trip, like I did or base yourself there if you want to really get to know the city.

Honestly, just go food crazy in Belgium. Go on that chocolate tour I mentioned, eat as many €1 street waffles as possible, and gorge yourself on mussels, fries, and Belgian beer. Sightseeing should come second to stuffing yourself silly.

My favorite traditional ‘sightseeing’ type thing was, without a doubt, the Brussels Comic Strip Walls (even though they’re not actually all that traditional of a sight). Definitely leave some time to go find as many of them as you can!

What I Didn’t Love in 3 Days in Belgium

I could have taken or left the traditional sights in Belgium. The Grand Place and the Manneken Pis in Brussels were nothing to write home about, and the Markt in Bruges was nothing compared to the wonders I found on the side streets. You’re more than likely to stumble upon them while wandering anyway, so don’t bother carving out time specifically to see them.

While the canal tour that I took in Bruges was fun, I also wouldn’t exactly call it a ‘must-do’. At €8 for a half-hour cruise, I also thought it was a little overpriced (especially because I couldn’t hear the guide at all). But if you love boats (like I do), you’ll probably be tempted to take the tour anyway!

And there you have it: the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Belgium!

Think you can do it better? Let me know your idea of a perfect itinerary in the comments down below!

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MY FAVORITE TRAVEL TIPS & RESOURCES

Booking Flights: The first place I turn when I’m searching for flights is actually just Google Flights - it’s great to figure out what sort of routes are available. Then, I check Skyscanner and Kiwi for deals. I also love Kiwi for its destination: anywhere feature!

Transportation: I love Omio for figuring out the cheapest way to get from one place to another, and Trainline for booking train tickets within Europe.

Accommodations: I absolutely love Booking.com for finding great hotel deals. After you stay a certain number of nights, you get Genius discounts! For hostels, Hostelworld is my go-to, and I use Airbnb occasionally as well (click here for $40 off your first booking!)

Travel Insurance: I knew that I shouldn’t travel without insurance for the longest time, but I really learned my lesson when I got an infected cut in Bali. Thank goodness I had travel insurance! I use and love World Nomads for their extremely comprehensive coverage.

Travel Insurance: I knew that I shouldn’t travel without insurance for the longest time, but I really learned my lesson when I got an infected cut in Bali. Thank goodness I had travel insurance! I use and love World Nomads for their extremely comprehensive coverage.

Tours: I always check Urban Adventures for great day tours of cities first–I’m obsessed with them! GetYourGuide and Viator are also great options. For multi-day tours, I highly recommend Intrepid.

Camera Gear: I use a Sony Alpha A6300 camera with an 18-105 mm lens and a 35 mm lens. My tripod is the MeFoto Backpacker Air and I loooooove it! I also use a DJI Mavic Air and a GoPro and which allow me to capture everything my regular camera can’t.

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