I've been planning a trip with my parents (both above 60) to Europe. I posted in the General Europe thread and got many great suggestions on this thread (https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/traveling-through-europe). Now, I am planning the things I want to see per city-in each country. I just posted about Netherlands in that forum. Now I'm posting here for Belgium :)
I'll be there (if visa goes through) on the 25th and 26th of August (Mon and Tue).
List of places
Grand Place - Tapis De Fleurs Brussels
Chocolate and Praniles factory tour Brussels
Brewery tour - Cantillon Brussels (Not compulsory to drink right..we just want to see how beer is made :))
Manneken Pis Brussels
Royal Galleries shopping arcade Brussels
Thermes De Spa Spa
Spa Francorchamps Spa
Antwerp Zoo Antwerp
Grotte market Brussels
Brabo fountain Antwerp
Royal palace Brussels
What do you think? Have I missed anything obvious and really unique to Belgium? Do let me know.
There are a couple of other key questions:-
- Is it possible to do all this using public transport? I will definitely NOT drive. Anything that needs a car, do let me know - I'll drop that off my list straight away. :)
- Considering my list of places, where would you suggest I stay? Brussels seems logical, but Belgium is apparently a tiny country, so if there are cheaper and safe places close to Brussels, that'll be nice too.
Lastly, Spa and Waterloo seem really far off. Is it advisable to drop those and focus on places closer to Brussels? I'm just there for 2 days..hence the thought.
All suggestions are welcome.