Bruges is a lovely city and one that you should definitely make the effort to visit if you are anywhere near. It is very quaint and despite its popularity, it has maintained its traditional air and has plenty to please every visitor.
Getting there from nearby Brussels is easy. Trains run from the capital's main stations very regularly. We went from the Central Gare de Midi and the tickets cost 14 Euros per person for a return journey. It isn't cheap, but it is almost an hour away on the train, so not too bad. The trains leave every thirty-five minutes or so. There are only a few stops between the cities, but the trains are none the less very busy and you may find yourself stood up for part of the journey if you aren't one for elbowing your way through the crowds.
Once you get to Bruges, you'll find that the main station is on the edge of the city and you can get buses from right outside into the city centre. If you don't mind walking, I'd recommend doing so because it is a very pretty walk through the lovely clean and quaint streets. It's easy to get there (just follow the crowds and hope they are going in the right direction!). The walk takes about 20 minutes at a fairly casual pace.
Bruges is the Flemish word for bridges and it could be a more appropriate name since the city's winding canals are crossed with lots of lovely little stone bridges. There are so many photo opportunities it is unbelievable!
The main square in Bruges is so picturesque that you definitely shouldn't miss it out. Surrounded by fabulously ornate baroque buildings it has an air of mythical mystery about it.
For those travelling with children, you'll probably want to pay a visit to the Chocostory exhibition and museum. Belgium is obviously the home of delicious chocolate and this museum pays homage to that - even offering visitors freshly made samples.
So, whatever you enjoy, you should definitely make a trip to Bruges one of your priorities when in the area - great stuff.