I'm doing a study abroad in the Netherlands and since Belgium is so close, I'd like to take a weekend trip there but where to go? Obviously Brussels but where else in Belgium would you recommend? It probably wouldn't be a big deal to make multiple trips to see everything.
Well, I went to Antwerp and a day trip to Gent, and I enjoyed myself. If you like art, you can visit Rubenshuis and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, take a scenic walk along the River Scheldt, or visit Het Steen (a medieval castle which is also Antwerp's oldest building). The Cathedral of Our Lady is also very beautiful, and the Grote Markt is just a stone's throw away. Antwerp is a very walkable city, so I'm sure you'll have a good time exploring it.
Gent is about an hour by train from Antwerp, go walk about the Graslei, pop by St Bavo Cathedral and visit the (creepy) Gravensteen castle.
Don't miss Brugge! It's only a short train ride from Brussels, and it's magnificent.
I agree with tway. Brugge is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited. Don't miss it.
Excellent, thanks for the replies guys. I'd heard the name Brugge so I'll definitely have to check it out.
hey, i live in Belgium, and all I can say is: GO TO GENT!
Really, it's bigger than Brugge, but its buildings are just as beautiful! I love it! It's also a town for students, so there's a really good nightlife there!
Brugge is lovely... probably only need a day to see it though, and only a short train trip from Brussells.
Gent looked good too however we were there to see the Tour de France go through so it was jam packed!!!
Brugge is as BORING as it is beautiful.
go for a day. or wait til ur old n grey.
I stayed 3 days! god knows.
Brussels is the place to be in Belgium. so many great places for art, architecture, and beer ofcourse.
We were in both Brugge & Ghent in May 2008. Brugge definately smaller, quainter. It's a college town so there were lots of shops my daughters enjoyed. The guys went on a brewery tour and liked it. Personally, I preferred Ghent. We stayed right on a large waterway with boats and beer houses outside. The city's castle was well preserved. Also visited various cathedrals and art-sy spots as one daughter is an art historian. We had taken the train from London and the trip was very short and pleasant.
Brugge is a very nice place to visit during the day but if you are looking for some nightlife you should go to Ghent. Its only a half hour between the two cities with the train so visit Brugge during the day and then go to ghent in the evening. Antwerp is also a great multicultural and party city. Next to Brussels you have Leuven. That is a student city as wel.
So in flanders we have: Brussel, Brugge, Ghent, Antwerpen, Leuven and we also have plenty nice nature and cities in the wallonie (the french speaking part).