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I need your help..! :-)

by elifcelet

Dear friends,

I have two nights to spend in Belgium, second one of which will definitely be spent in Brussels. Question is, where should my first night be spent : Brugge, Gent or Antwerp? (considering I'm arriving from Amsterdam by IC train)

Do you recommend doing daytrips to any of the cities i'm not staying at? I'm mostly interested in good sights, nice food, beauty and shopping.

Can you make any hotel recommendations for brussels and my second city - whichever that will be :-) ?

Last thing, what's the distance from brussels to the airport, and how can i get to the airport?

Thank you in advance for all the help..!!!
Elif

Re: I need your help..! :-)

by halfdeaf

I spent a night in Antwerp once and I definetly going back to see everything I missed. It's a beautyful city and if you're into history or architechture this is definetly a good choice. A nice place to walk around and enjoy life.

Re: I need your help..! :-)

by DueSer

I think the "problem" with Belgium is that it is FULL of all the things you listed as being interested in. All of those cities are gorgeous, have great shopping, and wonderful food so I really don't think you can go wrong no matter which city you choose.

Of the 3, I think Antwerp has the best shopping, Gent has the best food, and Brugge is the most beautiful but all 3 really do have everything you're looking for.

As for day trips, I think the easiest one to do a day trip would be Gent. Just about everything is contained within the old town, about a 15-20 minute walk from the train station. Brugge and Antwerp have things more spread out. It's a shame you don't have more time because they are all worth visiting.

Antwerp has a great art museum and a beautiful cathedral but it's a very large city and would take a lot of time to see it properly. Whereas Brugge is small and beautiful and perfect for simply walking around enjoying the sites.

You'll have fun no matter which city you end up in.

Re: I need your help..! :-)

by Joel-777

Since Antwerp is between Amsterdam and Brussels, I would recommend staying in Antwerp the first night. The next day you can easily make a quick city trip to Gent and check out Antwerp too. Brugge might be a bit far to squeeze in a single day.

Next to the Brussels South railway station is an Ibis hotel which is very decent.

There are 2 airports in Brussels. Brussels Zaventem International and Charleroi. Charleroi is quit far southbound. Brussels Zaventem is about 20 minutes by train from Brussels South Railway station.

Have fun!

Travel Tips for Antwerp

The Meir

by Imaniac

The Meir is the main shopping street in Antwerp. It's the connection between the Central Station and the city center. Most houses in this area are of the mid 18th century. There are a lot of famous shops in this street as well as some local ones. If you walk here you are bount to twist your neck, as you'll be looking upwards a lot, admiring the beautiful houses.

If you're a beer- lover; go to...

by Dutch

If you're a beer- lover; go to Belgium. There are numerous breweries and larger and smaller brands and kinds of beer. I personally recommennd the so called 'Trappist' which is a beer (origanally) brewed by monks. You have 'dubbel', 'triple' and 'quadrupel' which means strong beer of 6,7 and 8% (or even more depending on the brand) The centre of Antwerp is 'packed' with lovely, cosy bars and restaurants. Especially on the saturday it's a nice place to go out- But go in Summer, because then the centre is nearly one big terrace. I love it.

The Meir is the name of the...

by benzerga

The Meir is the name of the most famous shopping street of Antwerp. The large avenue is now free of traffic and invites thousands of people every day to a pleasant shopping stroll in a beautiful historic surrounding.

Roughly spoken, the shopping district of the Meir stretches from Our Lady's Cathedral to Central Station.

The secret alleys in Antwerp

by Norali

What I thought was an offbeat path tip is now, after discovering three of them, quite familiar. Snob me? Mmmm...

Earlier on, I talked about the Vlaeykensgang as an off beat track stuff. Yet, it seems that there are more secret alleys, lesser known in Antwerp.

Hey! I have the chance to have been guided three times in Antwerp by Dannie so some stuffs are familiar, now. :)

When you go to Antwerp, don't forget the guide. Only them allow you to locate those secret alleys.

Find here a travelogue on alleys I saw in Antwerp. More details there!

They are not must-see stuffs but it's always enchanting to know a little bit of their history, their design, their particularity... This white and green alley reminded me a lot tiny alleys on l'Ile de RĂ©. Authorities there imposed the green colour for windows, shutters and doors... along with white walls... Typically this! Only the hollyhocks are missing.. but they are replaced by the geranium pots... Nice deal too :)

Shake Hands With the...

by oja

Shake Hands With the City.


Go to Antwerp. Do. See the Grote markt, walk along the Scheldt and have a beer on one of the hundreds of old town's terraces. The rest comes by itself. The colours. The smells. The spirit. So many great and lovely people. It's an extremely artsy city.


Since Antwerp was a deeply personal experience in the first place, I never considered it a place where one should see this and that. However, my universal rule applies here as much as anywhere: feel - taste - smell - experience. It was actually a year before I got to see any 'must-sees' like Museum of Fine Arts, Steen, the inside of the cathedral, Plantijn-Moretus house and such. Although fine and interesting, these things were all secondary to what the city has really given me.

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