My husband, one of his work colleagues, & I are headed to Rotterdam for a conference at the end of July. We will be arriving in Amsterdam on Saturday and immediately hopping the train to Brussels. We will be in Belgium from Saturday through Tuesday. Our travel companion wants to spend the entire time in Brussels (he lived there for a short time many years ago), but I want to split the time and stay in Bruges as well. How long should we allow for each city? My thought was to head to Bruges Sunday afternoon so that we may have 2 nights there. Will 1-1 1/2 days in Brussels be enough? Is 2+ days in Bruges too much?
Also, I am looking at AirBnB options for all 3 locations. Any tips on what parts of town to stay in - or avoid? We may end up in a hotel in Brussels if only do 1 night, so any tips on a "local charm" hotel would be great, too. :)