My husband and I (early 40s, New Yorkers) will be going to Belgium for 7 nights later this month. We're efficient sightseers and are happy to do a lot of walking each day. We always like to take some time to explore quaint/interesting/quirky neighborhoods and to see interesting/cool shops and restaurants/bars. We love walking/biking tours and offbeat museums.
We've deliberately not moving around a lot -- this will be our first time in Europe since 2019 and I want to soak it in!
Here's our rough itinerary -- could you please let me know if there's anything we're missing or if you'd skip anything? Also, I'd appreciate any and all waffle/frites recommendations :) Thanks so much!
2 nights Antwerp, 3 nights Bruges, 2 nights Brussels
Days 1-3: arrive BRU at 7:45 on Day 1. Take train to Antwerp and spend 2 nights there. While there: Antwerp Bike Tour (takes 3 hours in the afternoon), Red Star Line Museum, Rubens Museum, Elfde Gebod. Anything else?
Days 3-5: Take train in the morning of Day 3 to Bruges. Spend 3 nights there. While there: De Halve Maan Brewery Tour, Folklore Museum, rent bikes and cycle to Damme. Anything else?
Days 5-7: Take train to Brussels via Ghent. Spend 1/2 day in Ghent and then take train to Brussels in the late afternoon/evening. Spend 2 nights in Brussels. On Day 6: EU Parliamentarium, Musical Instruments Museum, Museum of the National Bank, Magritte Museum. (Is this realistic for the amount of time we'll have? Anything instead/else?)
Day 7: train to BRU; mid-morning flight home