Get a Unique View of Belgium With These Day-Trips From Brussels
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
Discover Flanders’ two most enchanting cities and follow your guide on his walking tour way back in time! We take you to Ghent. We visit Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral, home to the world-famous Mystic Lamb painting (optional) and walk along the Castle of the Counts of Flanders, the picturesque medieval harbor and many more highlights.
In Bruges, after lunch you enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will explain the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. You see literally ‘all’ highlights of Bruges: the Basilica of the Holly blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital etc. You even have the option to enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals.
Do not forget your comfortable shoes to brave the cobbled streets!
ToursLuxembourg & Dinant / The Ardennes from Brussels
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. In the old part of Luxembourg , our guide will take you to the cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Duke and the Place des Armes. In the lower part of the city you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Kirchberg district, home to several European institutions. In the valley, we will show you a trail of casemates, the abbey of Neumünster, the city walls and the picturesque sites along the river Alzette. After some free time in the city, we visit the quaint town of Dinant, with its fifteenth century collegial church, its impressive citadel. It is also the town of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone and the cradle of the Leffe beer. Our drive to Brussels, takes us through the valley of the Meuse.
ToursAmsterdam Day Trip from Brussels
Holland is only at a stone’s throw away from Brussels. Once you have crossed the border, you will admire pastoral polder landscapes and tons of windmills. We actually stop at the unbelievably picturesque village of Kinderdijk. We set off on an unforgettable walk between the windmills and for sure you will make the best pictures of your lifetime.
Then we set off for Amsterdam. We offer you the opportunity to discover the highlights of Amsterdam by boat. The 75-minutes’ canal cruise is optional but very warmly recommended. You see many places of Amsterdam in a nutshell.
After the boat tour it is time to take a walk but don’t call it a break! We provide you with a map and an itinerary which your guide has drafted specially for you. With this self-guided tour and at your own pace you can combine your leisure time with some of the highlights of Amsterdam. See the Royal Palace, do some window shopping , hipsters can drop by a coffee shop etc.
ToursAntwerp Half-Day Trip from Brussels
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.