Motorhome Trip to Amsterdam
If you were thinking of a week away in your Motorhome but unsure where to go, then how about a pleasant and relaxing drive to Amsterdam, the Capital of Holland. Amsterdam’s main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 3.66 million international visitors annually. Still Unsure? Then how about stopping off at some of Hollands most beautiful towns on the way…..Lets take a look together
Day 1 and 2
Calais – Bruges (70 miles)
A Guide to Bruges
Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Many of its medieval buildings are notable, including the Church of Our Lady. The sculpture Madonna and Child, which can be seen in the transept. Bruges’ most famous landmark is its 13th-century belfry, housing a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells. The city still employs a full-time carillonneur, who gives free concerts on a regular basis.Other famous buildings in Bruges include:The Beguinage, The Basilica of the Holy Blood. The relic of the Holy Blood, which was brought to the city after the Second Crusade by Thierry of Alsace, is paraded every year through the streets of the city. The modern Concertgebouw (“Concert Building”) The Old St-John’s Hospital, The Saint Salvator’s Cathedral, The Groeningemuseum, The City Hall on the Burg square, The Provincial Court (Provinciaal Hof), The preserved old city gateways: the Kruispoort, the Gentpoort, the Smedenpoort and the Ezelpoort. The Dampoort, the Katelijnepoort and the Boeveriepoort are gone.Bruges also has a very fine collection of medieval and early modern art.
10:00 am Why not start the day off in an extra special why by taking a horse drawn Carriage around the city or a boat trip on the world famous canals. You will learn a lot about the city by the guides and it will help you with your bearings
11:00 am Take a stroll around the main square. How about buying some local Chocolate or Lace?
12:30pm Lunch time and with the amount of fantastic cafes, restaurants scattered around the city, finding one that takes your fancy won’t take too long
14:00pm How about buying a Brugge City Card which will allow you access to the many museums within the city. With the Brugge City Card you can visit 27 museums and attractions in Bruges for free. The Bruges City Card also guarantees a discount of at least 25% on numerous concerts, dance and theatre productions, on rental bikes, on underground parking.
17:00pm Time for a musical aperitif close-by! Harpist Luc van Laere treats you to a free concert in Oud Sint-Jan (Tue-Sat).
18:00pm Time for a bite to eat because at 20:00pm there is a show at the state-of the art Concert Building, an architectural reminder of 2002, when Bruges was Cultural Capital of Europe. With Concertgebouw Servies, you are guaranteed a table at a restaurant nearby. 20:00pm At the Concert Building, you can enjoy classical music or contemporary dance, both of international repute. Consult the events calendar beforehand and also check out what the city theatre and the other cultural centres of Bruges have to offer.
22:00pm Time for a nightcap at the Concert Building café or a nearby café
10:00am A perfect way to start the blood pumping on your second day is a visit to the Belfry. With 366 steps and 83 metres high, you will not only get a nice morning workout, you will also get to see the beautiful panoramic views that Bruges has to offer.
11:00am Back down in the Market Square and depending what day it is, there will be plenty to do. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, you can enjoy a carillon concert for free. Wednesdays, except for the Christmas period, is market day on the Market Square
12:30pm Lunch time so why not treat yourself to one of the 40 Michelin rated Restaurants in Bruges
14:00pm Visit some more of the museums around the city including the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Originally built in the 12th century as the chapel of the residence of the Count of Flanders, the church houses a venerated relic of the Holy Blood. The 12th-century basilica is located in the Burg square. The Church of Our Lady, whose brick spire reaches 122.3 m (401.25 ft) making it one of the world’s highest brick towers/buildings. The sculpture Madonna and Child, which can be seen in the transept, is believed to be Michelangelo’s only sculpture to have left Italy within his lifetime.
18:00pm Time to take away the hunger, and with so many places to choose from, the choice is yours.
21:00pm Finish your evening in one of the bars around the Market Square and discover the city’s intimate atmosphere as you wind down from your busy days explorations
Motorhome Parking in Bruges
Exit A18 at junction 7 towards Brugge, after going under railway bridge turn right and follow bus signs, Aire situated next to Coach Parking.
Bargeplein, 8000 Brugge, Belgium Tel.: +3250448111
N 51.19567, E 3.22638 N 51°11’44”, E 3°13’35” Open in Google Maps