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Where to go on a day trip from Brussels?

I have a Eurostar ticket that allows me to travel to any Dutch station. Ideally, I'll use the Eurostar ticket to travel from Brussels to a city in the Netherlands and I'll return to Brussels on a paid ticket later the same day. I'm looking for a city that has easy train connections to Brussels. In the Netherlands, I've been to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft and the Hague.

Which city do people recommend?


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Have you seen Utrecht? It has unusual bi-level canals, a train museum, the Centraal Museum (with everything from old boats to modern art), and the unique museum of music boxes and fairground oragns (you seem them on a one hour tour when they are demonstrated - wonderful): The town also has a lovely ambiance, and gets fewer visitors than the four cities you mentioned.

A quick look on Bahn's website shows that it's 2:20 to 2:54 from Brussels Central to Utrecht Central - not sure if this is too far for you in one day.

Posted by
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Thanks for the suggestion.

I'm debating between Utrecht and Maastrict.