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3 days between Paris and Amsterdam

We will be checking out of our hotel in Paris on our way to Amsterdam but will have 3 days before we'll be checking in. I'm looking at staying in Bruges or Ghent for those 3 days. Is there enough to see if we stay in either town for the full 3 days, or should we plan on 1 day in one town and 2 days in the other? Thanks.

Posted by
4132 posts

I think that 2 days is plenty for Brugges, so I would spend the extra day elsewhere. Others here may have other opinions.

Posted by
6829 posts

It's kind of an endless debate here and other trip sites. Since it's just as much on the train line, consider Antwerp, which has much more to do, and which has access to Ghent for a day-trip, as well as other towns that might interest you. But there's plenty in Antwerp for 3 nights alone. (I agree you can't pass up Bruges and Ghent.) Because the biggest art museum in Antwerp is closed, the best place for world-changing paintings is Brussels.

Posted by
31546 posts

Stay in one and visit the other. They are very, very close.

Posted by
951 posts

Both deserve 2 nights each at least (I recently spent 5 nights in Bruges and 3 in Ghent for my honeymoon). But I guess you could do 2 in Bruges, 1 in Ghent. I love Ghent and its bigger than Bruges but deep down inside, Bruges stole my heart a bit more than Ghent, just a little bit.

Posted by
516 posts

I would make Brugge your base. You can take daytrips to Ghent and Antwerp from Brugge very easily. No problem using up 3 days. Antwerp is very nice also.

Posted by
4684 posts

Yes, Bruges and Gent are sufficiently close to each other that there's absolutely no reason to stay the night in both.