There are many cities in the world that backpackers might describe as Fun, Wild, Lively, or even Boring; and I feel like I’ve been to quite a few of them.
However one description that doesn’t seem to be mentioned as much as the others is: Romantic.

Now I’m not talking about some nice little bungalow resort on a white sandy beach.
That’s just too easy.
I’m talking about places of concrete and stone with traffic and noises.

It also needs to be a place that if you took a special someone to they would melt in your arms.
Feeling like they were thrust into a Nicholas Sparks book.

As I travel around and visit more places this topic will continue to grow.
So if you don’t see your favorite destination now, you might see it later.
Or you might not see it at all.
Some people might consider fishing romantic…… and others, Not So Much.

So without further ado I bring you Romantic European Getaway Number 1:

BRUGGE, Belgium.

It didn’t take much time for me to blown away by this place.
As a matter of fact after one day and night I knew this would be a great place to take someone on a romantic getaway.

There’s a certain storybook vibe about Brugge.
Even with a population over 100,000 people it feels like there could be less than half of that there.
Depending on what back streets you take it seems like you have the whole city to yourself.

The first thing that stood out to me was the construction of the buildings.
It seemed like every house was built of brick and had been there for hundreds of years(which they probably have been).
The streets throughout the city center were all made of cobblestone and really meshed well with the brick buildings everywhere.
I felt like I was taken back in time.

romantic Brugge.
Gorgeous City.


Surrounding the city center are canals that looked clean and seemed like they could be enjoyable to take a boat ride through(unlike the canals of Amsterdam).
Quaint little brick bridges scattered throughout the city overlook them.
Therefore making it a perfect place to enjoy a nice little picnic while watching swans swim by.

These canals look worthy of a boat ride.
These canals look worthy of a boat ride.


Everywhere I walked seemed very safe and the city is really easy to navigate.
Some the streets and walkways become very narrow like you’re walking through a labyrinth.
That added a certain mystique to the city that I loved.
I would get lost on purpose just to see what was around the next corner.
Getting back to the Grote Markt was easy because the Bell Tower overlooks everything.
And as long as you can see that you’ll find your way back to familiar territory.

Get lost and discover places like this.
Get lost and discover places like this.


Chocolate is an Aphrodisiac.

Now on to the main thing that brought you to Belgium and the most romantic thing in Brugge: THE CHOCOLATE!!!
Lets face it; there’s nothing sexier than chocolate.
If you don’t agree, Just Walk Away Now.
There are many shops throughout this city that serve chocolate.
There’s even a place that has chocolate boobs and butts if you’re looking for something a bit more titillating.


A great place to enjoy your make-out session with chocolate is east of the Grote Markt, near Kruis Gate.
Over there is a nice hilly area with 2 large Windmills(Koeleweimolen and Sint-Janhuismolen) that you can have a relaxing picnic under.

Great place for a picnic.
Great place for a picnic.


Romantic Brugge at Night.

Before you and your companion go sprinting back to your accommodation for the remainder of the evening, make sure to witness Brugge at night.
It’s just as gorgeous at night as it is in the day time.
The way everything is lit up and the reflections off the canal makes this city a great place for a romantic nighttime stroll.

Grote Markt at night.
Grote Markt at night.

Brugge is a great city that’s not too overpopulated and you can still have a small piece of the place all to yourself if you do some exploring.

Would you, or have you, ever taken a loved one to romantic Brugge for a little getaway?
Let me hear about in the comments below.

Jeremiah Cooper

Jeremiah Cooper

Welcome to Live Life Extreme, a travel blog about thrill-seeking, adventurous travel through some of the largest cities to off the beaten path getaways.

My name is Jeremiah and I'm an Arizona desert rat in search of the next adrenaline pumping adventure.
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