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Have a few days to spend in either Bruges or Brussels.
Wondering if anyone has a preference

Posted by
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I'd split the difference, stay in Gent, and visit the other two as daytrips. Brussels and Gent are more alive at night, Brugge is dead once the sun goes down. So, I guess it depends if you want the town to yourself after dark or you want to have a little fun. Brugge is definately the most immediately pretty of the three, however.

Posted by
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What Tom said! We loved Gent - it was more of "working" city with a great vibe and not so touristy as Bruges.

Posted by
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Thanks for the help with Bruges/Brussels
Sounds like you recommend skipping Brussels
Also, do you know if the trains from Ghent to Amsterdam?

Posted by
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No, Brussels is still worth a visit. I would just rather lodge in Gent. All of these cities (plus Antwerp and Mechelen) are very close to each other, so you can base in one to visit the others

To reach Amsterdam from Gent, you would take a train either back to Brussels or to Antwerp, and ride Thalys from there.

Posted by
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I loved Ghent, stayed there and day-tripped to Bruges. Another plus - hotels are cheaper in Ghent than either Bruges or Brussels.

Use the German website to look for trains - bahn.de . From Ghent, you would change trains in Antwerp to get to Amsterdam. That seems to be the fastest and simplest.

Posted by
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I visited Brussels, Brugge and Gent last December, as Tom said, you can easily see all three as daytrips. I would try to see all of them.

Posted by
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Agree w Tom. Stay in Gent and hit Brussels and Bruges as day trips. Gent has enough good restaurants and nightlife to keep you satisfied, and definitely not as crowded.

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Having carefully assessed the choices available over many years in Brugge (Bruges) and Brussels; as well as Gent (Ghent), my wife and I are confident that the best fresh chocolate that we have ever had is at a shop in Gent. That's our tastes, YMMV.