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Advice re day trip in Belgium

We're staying three nights in Brussels and then two in Bruges. We're considering renting a car in Brussels and driving to Waterloo, Dunkerque, and Flanders Fields (Ypres) before returning the car in Bruges. Does anyone know if that's possible in one day?

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You might be able to fit Waterloo and Ieper in one day, but adding Dunkerque is probably not going to work. But I emphasize the "might", because traffic delays can scuttle your plans pretty easily. The time of year makes a big difference as well. In the summer with over 18 hours of daylight, you could probably visit two. In the winter, with barely 8, not a chance.

I haven't visited Dunkerque, but of the other two, I found Ieper much more satisfying and informative. If you're expecting a Civil War type battlefield preservation at Waterloo, you might be disappointed. Historical markers are few and far between, and the museums aren't particularly well done.

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Thanks. It will be in early August. I had heard that there isn't much to see, but I'll settle for just a hint of history.