Hello, Belgium lovers!
My husband, teenage daughter and I are planning to spend a week in Belgium in mid-August. I found a lovely, well reviewed apartment for us in the Quartier du Châtelain and began compiling our list of sights and experiences. We're planning to make day trips by train to Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp and my husband wants to spend one long day on a Flanders Fields tour.
I spoke with a friend who travels often in Belgium and she was surprised to hear we were making Brussels our base city. She thinks it's a bit dull and stuffy, more of a political city than a cultural destination. In her opinion, Bruges has more to offer in terms of history, culture and art. Looking at the map, it also looks better located considering the other trips we plan to take. Ghent seems to be perfectly situated geographically, but it doesn't sound interesting enough to make a home base.
I've just found a great apartment in Bruges and can easily switch our accommodations with no financial loss. I'm looking for input from anyone who has travelled in Belgium and knows Bruges and Brussels well. Considering our plans, which city would be our best home base?