Antwerp, Liege, or Brussels

Old Mar 26th, 2006, 04:17 PM
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Antwerp, Liege, or Brussels

OK, so i'm going to be travelling by train from Luxembourg to Amsterdam. To make the travel more bearable, i have decided to stay one night on the way in either Anterp, Liege or Brussels. Can people recommend one of these places above the rest?

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Old Mar 26th, 2006, 05:23 PM
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Don't know Liege, but both Brussels and Antwerp are worth a stop. I'd say Antwerp more so than Brussels, although you could do both, easily:

From L. to Brussels it's only 2:28. For example, take the 09:06 (IC/R 4631) and get off at Bruxelles-Central. Walk the ten minutes to the area around the Grand' Place, lots of narrow pedestrian-only streets with restaurants, it's the historic center. Look around, have lunch - that's about all you need to do on a short visit. Sure, there is some more heavy-weight stuff to see (check any guide book or the "Destinations" on Frommers opening page), but you've seen the gist of it - get back to Centraal and take a train to Antwerp, either a direct one or first take the short hop to Noord and transfer.

It's only 33 minutes from Br.-Noord to Antwerp-Berchem, so you still have plenty of time to look around in Antwerp, and the next day before leaving for Amsterdam.

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Old Mar 26th, 2006, 05:27 PM
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If you only have one day/one stop in Belgium, I would recommend Brugge.
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Brugge is great but not on the train route to Amsterdam. In Antwerp you'll be fine there's a lot to see:the gothic cathedral, the house of Rubens,the townhall etc...I know I live there.Paul
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Liege would be my last choice of the three options. Personally, I would do Brussels first, the Antwerp (I live part time in Brussels). Antwerp just doesn't do it for me, although I know it has plenty of fans. You have better restaurant and hotel options in Brussels as well.
WK, there is SO much more to Brussels than the GP; the Place is not the "gist" of Brussels.
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Budman - don't mean to hijack this thread, but what would you say are the 2-3 "must see/do" things in Brugge? Is there a bell tower to climb for a view of the city? I'll be there only an afternoon and evening and overnight and plan to just walk and walk and enjoy.
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I would rank these possibilities as Brussels, Antwerp and Liege.

Have you considered Leuven? It's small than Brussels with lots of hotels near the train station.
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With one afternoon & night, I would go up the bell tower -- great views, take the short canal cruise, and walk the many streets filled with chocolate and lace stores. Have dinner at one of the outside seating restaurants.
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