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I have 2.5 days how much to spend in Bruges and Brussels?

We are leaning towards 2 nights Bruges and 1 night Brussels. How would you split your time and why?

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Coming from and going to where? And do you prefer nightlife or having the city to yourself (and other tourists) after dinner?

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Decided to go with 2 nights in Bruges and 1 night in Brussels.

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I'm interested in your advice, Tom! My husband and I are planning on going from Amsterdam to Brussels for 3 days, then going to Paris. But now I am considering splitting our 3 days in Brussels with Bruges. I love history and walking around to see sights, but we also love nightlife, eating/drinking, etc. What proportion of time do you suggest, and which to go to first if you're coming from Amsterdam?

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Good choice Scott! You will love Bruges. It lights up at night, and the reflections in the water are just magical.

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Alexandra, if you want nightlife, stay in Gent and visit Brugge as a daytrip. The old center of Brugge is kind of dead after dinner. Gent has a large student and recent graduate population, so things tend to be a bit more lively there.

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Scott, I just got home Saturday after 3 nights in Bruges and 1 in Brussels (as my flight back to the US was there....had been in London for 2 weeks before all this). With your plan, like mine, you will thoroughly do Bruges, a lovely historic town of small size, and then get a taste of a huge city, Brussels. So I think your plan is fine.