For this eastern holiday, I'm planning to see amsterdam and brussels. I'll come from copenhagen to amsterdam by bus. 42.7€ any cheaper?
I'll arrive at 06.00 03-04-2007 Tuesday. breakfast suggestions? open places?
I'm planning to spend 2 days in Amsterdam, and stay 2 nights as well.. Hostel suggestions between 20-24€ per night?
Then morning of the April 5th, I'll go to Brussels by Thalys 06:56-09:35 23€ with a youth ticket. isn't it slow? any cheaper way of transportation?
Ill just be in Brussels for one day, I'm not planning to stay in there.. At the end of the day, I'll take the Eurolines bus to Copenhagen from Brussles.. 54.8€ any cheaper?
I'm not intrested with the museums so much.. Do you think 2 days for amsterdam and 1 day for brussels enough? (I'll visit gent and brugget in another trip in summer!)
If you have any pub, cafe ideas, cheap but good eating points, you're welcome to share!
I'd switch it round, and spend 2 days in Brussels nd just one in Amsterdam... Amsterdam is really overrated, whereas Brussels is really underrated!
For travel between the two, when I did it in November 2005 it took 3 hours. That wasn't by Thalys; I just booked through SNCB / NMBS (the Belgian railway company), though it was a Dutch train, and just a standard route. The Thalys uses the normal tracks for a lot of the Brussels - Amsterdam route, so it's no quicker. That cost 43€ return, I think.
Both cities are noce enough to just wander round. If there is just one thing you see in Amsterdam, make it the Anne Frank house. In Brussels, definitely see the Grande Place / Grote Markt, and all the area round there, the lower town. There's also loads of parks to wander round. My favourites are Park Cintanquenaire, and the grounds of hte Africa museum in Tervuren, though that's half an hour out of Brussels by tram (Métro line 1B to Montgomery, direction Stockel / Stokkel, then tram #44 to the Tervuren terminus, then it's a few mins walk down Leuvensesteenweg.
In Amsterdam, I stayed in the hostel Shelter City, which, although basic, was nice enough, though in the middle of the red light district and really difficult to find! I got breakfast, and I paid a few extra euros a night (about 18€a night) so I was in a bedroom of 6, rather than one of the dorms. Only prob is is that there's no female toilets on the floor with the smaller bedrooms!
between Amsterdam and Brussels 2 different direct train services are now available : the "Thalys" train, and the classic "benelux" train. The first one requires reservation, linked to just one particular train. The 'classic' train is cheaper in most cases, and you can choose on that day which one you'll take (there is one every hour). Just get a ticket at the counter in the trainstation. You'd have to very unlucky to find yourself on a completely full train.
Quite soon now the traveltimes between Amsterdam and Brussels will decrease, when trains will strat to benefit from the completely new high speed raillink that has been constructed between Amsterdam and Antwerp. Since this is not the case yet, the Thaly train is NOT significantly faster then the classical train.
Just for your information : on the classical train, keep listening to the announcements, because there have been days that an unscheduled change of trains has been necessary just across the border in Belgium.
Particularly in Belgium, do not judge the country or its cities by what you see from the train (disorderly houses build close to the tracks are common).
I'll be abroad at that time so i cannot show you.
If you just stay 1 day, try to arrive at Central Station. It's 15 minutes walking from Grand Place & stay around during the day.
AVOID any restaurant in Rue des Bouchers. You can have some good brasserie food at some very nice bars : i would advise "Poechenelekelder" just 15 meters from "Manneken Pis"
or La Becasse, or L'Imaige Notre Dame : very typical & close to Grand Place (down the place on your right). Prices will be cheaper
i spent 6 days in amsterdam and absolutely loved it. i took the train to brussels for the day but i didn't enjoy it. i ended up back on the train to amsterdam earlier than planned. the dam is a beautiful city if you stay away from the red light district! anne frank house is a must.
i can't remember how long the train took or the price but it wasn't too expensive. i just bought the ticket at amsterdam central station.
i stayed at Hotel Brouwer which was cheap, clean & the location was brilliant - looked on to the singel canal and a 10 min walk from central station.
enjoy your trip