I will be traveling for three weeks in the spring of 2016. I fly into Amsterdam and plan on using the local transportation there for 6 days. Then I need to travel to Assenede in Belgium as a base for 7 days in Belgium with plans to day trip to Bruge, Ghent and Brussels as well as the country side of Flanders. Maybe a day trip to the sea. Then I need to travel to Waillett in south east Belgium for 1 night (visiting relatives) before going onto Lorch-Lorchhausen on the Rhine in Germany for 7 nights. Then back to Amsterdam to fly home.
My question to you seasoned travelers: Should I travel by train from Amsterdam, to a city (if so which one?)in Belgium to rent an auto, then drive to Assenede, using the auto for my day trips? Should I use the day train to get to Burge, Ghent and Brussels to avoid traffic and parking? If I rent an auto in Belgium to use for my time in Belgium, then I could use that same vehicle to go to Germany and use the auto for the next week. I would then have to take the auto back to Belgium (to avoid drop off charges) before I caught a train back to Amsterdam to fly home. If so, what Belgium city near Germany should I drop my vehicle and catch the train? Or: Return the Belgium auto in Belgium, train to Germany and rent another auto there and return in Germany to catch the train to Amsterdam? Thanks for your advice.