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Jan 7th, 2012, 03:45 PM
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Brussels, Amsterdam,etc

We have come up with a tentative itinerary for the Benelux countries. We would be most grateful for opinions

6 nights- Amsterdam
2 nights - Ghent
6 nights- Brussels
Days trips from Amsterdam ( which are best ? ) and Brussels including a day trip to Bruge.
Is a day trip to Bruge sufficient or do we need to stay a night or two and cut a day from Amsterdam and a day from Brussels. Should we take a day trip to Antwerp?
We want to visit the Floriade- we thought a day drip- should it be from Amsterdam or Brussels?
Any other helpful hints will be appreciated. Thanks
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Jan 7th, 2012, 05:07 PM
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I would take the days from Amsterdam and Brussels and add them to Brugge, especially since you have 6 days slotted for each of them.

Brugge is quite a bit different from Ghent, smaller, and calmer and would make a nice counterpoint to your big cities bases.

As for day trips from Amsterdam Delft, Leiden, and Zaanse Schans (preserved windmills and historic Dutch town setting) are terrific choices.

I would also recommend visiting Antwerp. Quite a lot of people prefer it to Brussels. Even 5 days is a lot for Brussels, proper, so a day trip to Antwerp, at least, is probably a good idea.
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Jan 8th, 2012, 11:58 AM
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Since you are sure you want to see Brugge I would spend one or two nights there and do Ghent as a day trip from Brussels. I definitely recommend going to Antwerp for at least one day. two would be better.
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Jan 8th, 2012, 12:17 PM
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When are you planning on visiting? This affects day trip suggestions from Amsterdam. Will you be travelling by train or are you prepared to hire a car for a day or two?
A pity you didn't tag this the Netherlands as well as Belgium.
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Jan 8th, 2012, 08:26 PM
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We are panning to go in May. We will probably be traveling by train as
we have heard that the rail system is wonderful.
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Jan 8th, 2012, 10:11 PM
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Since you want to visit Floriade you'll probably want to see Keukenhof, http://tinyurl.com/y8hltjl. It is very convenient from Amsterdam, Leiden, and Haarlem. If you can go a little early the Queen's Day celebration on April 30 http://tinyurl.com/yln3hrp will give you a new definition of the word *party*. Since you apparently have not yet traveled the rails of Europe the illustrated introduction to European trains at http://tinyurl.com/eym5b can get you started.

I am one of those who would rather be in Antwerp than Brussels. Just as an aside the Antwerp train station was the venue for the famous flash dance http://tinyurl.com/cr935m.
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Jan 9th, 2012, 03:31 AM
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spaarne--I love that dance segment in the Antwerp station--the expressions of the bystanders are as much fun as the actual performance. My husband and I kept hoping someone would pull a similar stunt when we were there. It is a beautiful station
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Jan 31st, 2012, 04:58 PM
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From Amsterdam, I think the best day trip would be to The Hague, which has many art museums, one of which rivals the Rijksmuseum in terms of quality. They sell a 30 day pass at the state museums that covers all of them and is the best buy I have found. Haarlem was also interesting.
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