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Brugge, Aachen, Vienna, Salzburg, Lake Districs travel/itinerary help

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We're checking one off my husband's bucket list this year by going to the Formula 1 race in Spa, Belgium this August (22-24 Aug). As this is no cheap feat, we are staying (for free) at a friend's well-located flat in Vienna, prior to heading to Belgium. We have a few parameters I'm trying to juggle and as neither of us have been to these places (excl. Vienna - I was there for a few days during the Christmas markets almost 10 years ago) I could use some sage Fodorite. The fact that we're dovetailing the Belgium portion of our trip with another couple's adds to the intrigue. So here we are - the knowns:

- We're in our early 40s. We are leisurely travelers (e.g., culture in the a.m., afternoon and evening pretend to be locals by hanging out in coffee shops/taverns/wine bars and watching life go by, meeting other travelers, etc.) Not much for tours or large hotels or "touristy" scenes, which is why we usual travel on the shoulder season to popular spots. The race being in August puts us a little off-kilter but oh well.
- We can be away from the States for 2 work weeks, so we can assume 14 days total.
- We're meeting our friends in Brugge a few days before heading to Spa (actually, Aachen, Germany as there is more for us girls to do during the race prelims/qualifying as the boys are only buying us tickets for the race on Sunday! Which is probably fine with us, truth be told). My sense is 3 days is good there? May be some local bicycling/beer things going on.
- We will visit Vienna for at least 4 days some time *prior* to meeting up in Brugge as we are travelling separately (they get 1 week away, we get 2, but we don't have the place to stay in Vienna if we do it at the end).
- We defo don't want a car in Vienna and don't really want to drive at all unless this trip

I've been skulking around the forum and TRs here, etc., and my interest has been piqued by the Lake District. And maybe Salzburg (unsure why I'm waffling on this - I guess I wonder if next to Vienna and the Lake District it is compelling enough to add vs. staying in one or other place longer).

-> The question(s):
1) *should* we be seeing all these places and if so,
2) how much time in each and,
3) perhaps more importantly, how to get from one place to another?
It's the latter point I've been struggling with the most as I was originally thinking of going in a big "C" (Vienna - Lake District - Salzburg - Brugge - Spa/Aachen) but I can't figure out the Salzburg-Brugge (or Brussels, as I know there's a speed train to Brugge) leg. It's 15 hours by train from Salz to Brugge, over 9 driving, and there don't seem to be any flights to Osten from Salzburg. There are some from Vienna but it would be optimal for us to start there as there's less guilt getting over jet lag when lodgings are free/we have more time in one place.

Thank you in advance for your advice. It's such a wonderful, helpful community here on the Fodors forum - amazing!

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