from Bruxelles to Bruges it is 1 hour by a confortable train, and there are trains every half hour. You cn buy the ticket in advance.
Bruges is ideal to be walked, small and cozy, but there are also good and frequent buses. If you leave early from Bruxelles and allow a full day you'll have the chance of seeing a lot of things. You can easily walk to the Church where the Madonna con bambino is. I mostly enjoyed walking the canals, and the beguinage about 6 years ago
First of all, please remember that Bruges (Brügge) is wall-to-wall-carpeted with tourists during the summer and has really cobbled streets so forget ANYTHING about wheeled suitcases, child strollers and similar.
Getting to Bruges is no problem, hourly IC-train from the train station Bruxelles Midi normally at XX:05. A travel of about one hour. From the train station you'll need to walk or renting a bicycle, no busses/taxies have access to city centre.
De Halve Maan (The half moon) Walplein 26. Brewery, hourly sightseeing 11 am to 4 pm, about 50 minutes.
Heilige Bloed Basiliek (Basilica of the Holy Blood), Burg 10, 2 pm - 5.45 pm.
Onze Lieve Vrouwkerk with Madona With the Child (9.30 am - 11.45 am)
Chocco Museum (Chocolate Museum) Sint Jansplein, 11 am to 4 pm
Diamant Museum (Diamond Museum, Katelijnestraat 43. 11.30 am - 5 pm.
And of course a chocolate shop, http://www.chocoladehuisjebrugge.be/bg.jpg is recommended. Not the cheapest available, but finest quality and not VERY expecive.
Please note that most sights in Bruges are closed Monday.
Nice lunch place with mostly local people is L'estaminet at the Astrid Park. Their "croque monsieusr" (large hot sandwiches) are famous. Bar Cambrinus in Philipstockstraat have a really large beer selection, more than 400 choices. However, please keep in mind that most of the restaurants in Bruges are first class tourist traps.
Consider taking a bus to Damme. Bus line 43 from railway station, VERY limited service, about 25 minutes' travel. Damme is a postcard-perfect village with a rustic classic windmill. about 6 years agoAnswered by Europe via WorldNomads.com