The Mission: Bike from Bruges to the tiny town of Damme in Belgium.
Before you head out, hit the internet to find the closest bike rental shop. No need to reserve a bike in advance, but a little research will save you from wandering around town in search of a rental spot.
I hit up Bauhaus (no, not the band) youth hostel AND bike rental spot a short walk from the center of town. They offer bike tours, but I wanted to explore on my own so I opted for the hourly rental. I traded my photo ID for a bike, lock and map and hit the road.
I started pedaling and headed out-of-town, stopping at a few of the windmills to explore and take a few photos before continuing my journey down the path that parallels the canal. A very easy, flat, dirt, tree-lined path took me through the quiet countryside all the way to Damme. Damme is a charming little village; I stopped on the bridge over the canal for a few photos and made friends with a nice German couple before continuing into the village. I pedaled through the village before hopping off my bike to explore the remains of the lovely old church. After a peaceful walk through some gardens, I set out to return to Bruges. On my return ride, I cycled down the opposite side of the canal for a different perspective.
Upon my return to Bruges, I stopped by De Halve Maan Brewery for a tour and ice-cold beer (nothing like a nice beer after a long ride). No reservation was necessary, and for 8 Euro, I received a tour of the brewery and a beer! The tour is not only an interesting way to learn about the history of the beer and how it’s brewed, but there’s also a fantastic view of the city from the brewery roof. And the best part of all….a blonde Brugse Zot to end my day. Bikes and brews make for an iconic Belgian day; just remember…don’t drink and bike!
- Level of difficulty: casual
- Take water and snacks as there is nowhere to stop between Bruges and Damme.
- Take your time and enjoy the ride!