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Amsterdam-Bruges-Brussels-Munich or reverse?

Looking to book airfare in the next few days for the above major cities in late August. Wondering if there's a major difference in which order we hit these cities given that the airfare is pretty close either way. I'm inclined to start with Amsterdam followed by trains to Brussels and Bruges before heading to Munich, either by plane or train with a stop in Frankfurt, for 3 nights in Bavaria. No real reason for choosing this order and can be persuaded to reverse it. I appreciate any guidance on this itinerary.


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Northwest to southeast is a common direction of travel and I see no practical reason to reverse it. Travel time and frequency is the same in both directions. If traveling by train, you need not necessarily connect in Frankfurt, unless you want to visit there. For instance, there's a 10:25 ICE departure most days this summer that runs direct Brussels-Koeln, then just one connection there to Munich.

Tickets for ICE are probably cheaper than for Thalys on that route and sold with advance discounts from three months out on the DB web site (today's sales are open for travel through August 4).

For travelers using a single-country German Pass, the Brussels-Koeln ICE (operated by Germany) is fully covered. But I don't think a pass helps you on this trip.