Get a Unique View of Belgium With These Day-Trips From Brussels

Discover the best of Belgium with these experiences
Discover the best of Belgium with these experiences | © ShootingCompany / Alamy Stock Photo

Brussels has plenty of sights that are very much its own – but a visit to the city can be complemented by seeing some more of Belgium. Culture Trip’s curated list of day trips and experiences take you from the capital to the highlights of Belgium’s other cities.

As you’ll find on your visit, Brussels is filled with great experiences and hidden treats to uncover. But what lies beyond the capital? Luckily, Belgium is compact enough that day-trips to the country’s other highlights such as Bruges and Antwerp are easily doable, and even a trip over the border to Amsterdam can be done in a day.

ToursGent & Bruge
From $59 per person
10 hours 30 minutes
4 (2186)
This is one of our bestsellers! Discover Flanders’ two most enchanting cities and follow your guide on his walking tour way back in time! Ghent will pleasantly surprise you as the city combines pure medieval architecture with a youthful vibrant students’ atmosphere. In Bruges the whole city is listed as Unesco heritage. You see literally all highlights of Ghent and Bruges.
Do not forget your comfortable shoes to brave the cobbled streets!

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ToursLuxembourg & Dinant / The Ardennes from Brussels
From $78 per person
11 hours
3.7 (565)
This tour is one of our bestsellers! Luxemburg is certainly a modern and vibrant city with a rich history and impressive modern and ancient architecture. To our own surprise our guests seem to value very much the little town of Dinant which they proclaim to be very “typical Belgian, surprisingly picturesque and unbelievably interesting”. It is indeed the town of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone and the cradle of the Leffe beer.
ToursAmsterdam Day Trip from Brussels
From $75 per person
12 hours
3.8 (370)
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit bustling Amsterdam! Once you have crossed the border, you will admire pastoral polder landscapes and a multitude of windmills. Upon arrival in Amsterdam we visit a local crafts center where you see the production of traditional cheeses and clogs . Time for a short photo break near a traditional quaint Dutch windmill. We drive on to the heart of Amsterdam, passing the Dutch National Bank and the former Heineken brewery museum. This is an unforgettable way to discover the old city and it is undoubtedly the number one attraction of Holland’s capital. Next stop: we take you to Amsterdam’s most famous square called the “DAM”. The guide takes you on a brief guided walk to the Royal Palace and other highlights of the city. Then it is time for some free time. Stroll along the shopping streets, visit the flower market, walk on your own through the historical Red Light District. Just enjoy!
ToursAntwerp Half-Day Trip from Brussels
From $49 per person
5 hours 30 minutes
3.5 (187)
Antwerp has it all! It is not only the city of the famous painter Rubens. It is also the global capital of diamond trade and it is home to the most beautiful railway station in the world. Walking through its maze of picturesque streets you will hear the countless legends of the city and discover a wealth of breathtaking architecture.Our guided walk through the old city starts at the impressive 13th century castle that guarded the city and its medieval river port. Our Lady’s Cathedral is the most impressive church in the Low Countries. It welcomes you with countless paintings by world class artists of the 17th century. The absolute masterpieces are the Rubens paintings. Antwerp railway station is a must-see. It is said to be the most beautiful railway station in the world. Nearby are the diamond district and the Jewish quarter. In your free time, you should try the local beer called a ’Bolleke’. For this tour you should not forget your comfortable shoes.

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