We'll be arriving BRU early morning on Wednesday June 7, heading to Bruges for 2 nights. Thinking it makes most sense to see a few things of interest in Brussels that day, before proceeding to Bruges. Grand Place, musical instrument museum, peeing children. Will then train to Bruges. We'll have a full day then train to Cologne on day 3. Please help me figure out what makes sense in our limited time. Do we go early day 2 to Ghent for part of the day, then back to Bruges for evening/dinner? On day 3 we would like to visit Aachen on the way to Cologne. Or does Bruges warrant all of day 2, so we need to decide between Ghent or Aachen on the way to Cologne? I wish we could spare more time for Belgium, but there is so much we want to do in Germany! We are willing to pack in these first three days then we'll slow down and drink wine as we move south.
Given the plan, it seems the Belgium Rail Pass would be the best deal, even if we only take 8 trips between us. I priced out some of the above and just 6 trips were more than the pass. I know the airport to Brussels segment has a surcharge. If we decide to see Aachen on the way to Cologne, can we use the Rail Pass to Aachen? If yes, then will we just buy the DB ticket from Aachen to Cologne as a separate ticket?