Amsterdam is a 3hr train ride from Brussels. And Luxembourg is 3hr train ride also. Even though I know I can add them at the end of my journey, everywhere I ask or read it appears these destinations are not very appealing. Anybody know a few good reasons to go to these places? Any particular experiences you can share also?
We spent 3 days in Brussels a couple of years ago and did not lack for things to do. As with many European destinations, it depends on your interests. These are some of the things we liked.
Culture: There's much interesting architecture. The Grand Place is full of wonderful 17th century buildings. The Musee Horta is a showcase for Art Nouveau, and the city is filled with many other examples of this style. There are many churches and squares to see by just walking around. There is an excellent fine arts museum. The opera orchestra gave a free concert one evening in the Grand Place while we were there.
Food: Brussels is full of great restaurants, and its chocolate is legendary. Beer lovers will be in heaven.
You can take a day trip to Bruges, which is utterly charming. It has food, beer (I think we did a brewery tour there, but it was some time ago.), chocolate, and art. In addition, it's a well-preserved medieval town, great for walking. I'd say go to Brussels.
We did a day trip to Luxembourg City from Trier, Germany. We took a city tour on an open air bus which was very interesting. Did some walking around and shopping. Then went to the American Cemetary which is approximately 6 miles out of the city. There is a city bus that takes you cemetary. General Patton is buried there.
I was amazed as how well the American Cemetaries are kept up in Europe. Very imopressed and very thankful!
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Hello, I am in Brussels right now - we are here for 4 days and arrived yesterday and are having a great time. There are tons of museums and today we spent all day around the Grand Place area sampling chocolate, having fries and waffles for lunch and just soaking it all in. The people are very friendly, everyone speaks English, and it is very nice and quaint. So far I am glad I chose to include Belgium on my 6-week tour of Europe, I am enjoying it as much as I did my previous destinations (Lisbon and Barcelona). Brussels is very clearly a foodies' paradise. There are 3 restaurants seemingly on every corner. Some are pricey, but if you are into food, then I would say Brussels is a must-visit. We are going to Brugge tomorrow which I am also expecting to enjoy and I know that Rick in his books touts Brugge a lot. and as for it not being very popular, today at the Grand Place area it was far busier than anywhere I went in Lisbon and Barcelona and lots of the accents I heard were American!
Hi, from Las Vegas, Al. My daughter and I were in Luxembourg two years ago and loved it! We only allowed two nights there and wished we had done more. They have the best hop-on/hop-off bus tour so be sure to take that. Also, don't miss the tour into the city's walls; that was amazing. We stayed at the HI hostel (that's not the name, but the organization)which was super clean and had such good food that locals came for dinner!
We also based ourselves out of Brussels for 5 nights on the same trip. Brussels was perfect for a base to take day trips from but not too interesting otherwise. We did enjoy the comic museum. Next trip, we stay in Bruges.
BTW, you can tour the Grand Duke's Palace in Luxemburg City if he and his family are not in residence. We did and it was very interesting. I believe he spends the summers elsewhere.
I knew there had to be something in these places! I am going to add them at the end of my chosen itinerary. Need an extra week or two for that, but I think it will be worth the effort.
In Luxembourg, there is an excellent Battle of the Bulge museum in Diekirch, http://www.nat-military-museum.lu/. In Vianden, they've done a wonderful job of restoring the local castle, http://www.castle-vianden.lu/english/index.html.