If time allows during your visit, why not venture a little further afield. It would be a shame to miss some of the gems that lie in the polders surrounding Bruges.
This flat landscape has a charm of it's own with quaint villages, impressive town halls and market squares. High steepled churches afford amazing views as far as the Belgian coast if you climb to the top.
Beautifully preserved windmills and pollarded willows border canals and water draining ditches. There are fields planted with maize, and unique 'Belgian Blue' cattle or graceful chestnut horses.
The picturesque red tiled roofs of cottages and ancient barns remain the same as they have for centuries. There is a timeless way of life in the countryside here that follows the seasons but has been scarred forever by two world wars.
Three villages in particular are worthy of a visit Lisseweg, Damme and Sluis, the latter actually just over the border in Holland.