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Layover preferences: Brussels, Zurich or Frankfurt

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Hi there. Teenaged daughter (enthusiastic traveler, tons of energy) and I are planning a budget trip to England this fall for some college-visiting. We have a couple options on our flights, all within a few dollars of each other, and all with rather long layovers in Europe (8 to 10 hours or more).

We're both conversational in German and pretty comfortable exploring. I figure that regardless of the city we fly in to, we should allow 2 hours to get through customs and 2 hours' advance arrival before our departing flight.

I realize that even with a 10-hour layover, this leaves very little time to do more than take a train into the city, walk around mainplatz, get a cup of coffee, and head back to the airport. But she would love to visit one more country if possible, even understanding that this would barely be a smidgeon of a visit.

With that info, where would you rather spend three or four hours: Brussels, Zurich or Frankfurt?

I'm leaning toward Frankfurt because of nearby Mainz and because I'm not at all familiar with Zurich or Brussels, plus I don't speak a single word of Flemish (I know it's a Germanic language, and one of my colleagues is from Belgium so we can get the gist of cross-German-Flemish communicating, but it's pretty darned rough).

Thoughts? Thanks.

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