Exactly where to go in Belgium From Amsterdam?


Query by Marcia B: Where to go in Belgium From Amsterdam?
I’ll be in AMS for four days and want to take the train from either Schipol or Central Station. I want to take the train to Belgium, commit the night there, take the train back to AMS, invest the night and fly back to the US the next day. My query is with that quick time frame, which city ought to I go to? I will be taking the Thalys train, if that’s beneficial to know.
I’d like to go to a location in Belgium that is a quick train ride away from AMS (no far more than two to two.5 hours), and when I get there, I’d like something that delivers a excellent assortment of restaurants, cafes, one thing that’s walkable, scenic, and has a tourist attraction or two.
Thanks for the excellent answers, everybody. I believe Antwerp is where I’ll finish up. Sounds like its a good alternative for not having a auto and it sounds like it’s quite walkable.

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Answer by Jade
I was just not too long ago on a field study that involved Brussels, Brugge, Antwerp, and Ghent. All 4 are nice locations, but it highly depends on what you want to do. I was on a fine arts tour. All 4 locations have interesting art museums and art nevertheless standing. Brugge and Ghent are good quiet towns, excellent for picnicing and day-triping, specially on quite days. Antwerp and Brussels are far bigger and quicker-paced. If you have much more certain tips on how you’d like to invest your time, please ask. I was in Brussels for most of that week, so on that score, I could even recommend restaurants!

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Colin May 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Train to roosendaal and change and take train to antwerp….but if you could be a bit more specific as to where in Belgium you wish to go…there’s a high speed thalys service from Amsterdam CS to Brussels

pat z May 2, 2014 at 8:50 pm

The closest Belgian city from Amsterdam via the Thalys is Antwerp — which is great place to visit for a “day trip” or overnight.
Antwerp is solidly Flemish, so, linguistically, it won’t be all that different from Amsterdam. Antwerp is also home to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts from which the famous “Antwerp Six” (plus a few more) fashion designers like Anne Demeulemeester and Dries van Noten came. (So be prepared for some great people watching and some very trendy shops as well as equally interesting but more affordable alternative shopping — aimed at student budgets.)
From the recently renovated Central Station (originally built by the same man who made Paris’ Eiffel Tower), take the main Meir boulevard to the pedestrian Keyserlei, the main shopping street. Around the Groen plaats, there are many interesting side streets, full of funky shops and cafes.
The Thalys also goes to Brussels, officially a bilingual city (French and Dutch), with a beautiful Grand ‘Place (Grote Markt), surrounded by restaurants and cafes.
Personally, I find Brussels more “spread out” than Antwerp, and so more difficult to cover in a single day (which doesn’t really do justice to either city, of course).

Reggie May 2, 2014 at 9:45 pm

you are best to fly as there is a city hopper flight which KLM do and its great Schipol to Brussels and you are there in 20 Min’s so you have more time and its cheaper than the train! then go from the airport down to the bottom and take the Train direct to Gent great place and plenty to do and see about an hour on the train and go for the tram to the koormarket 10Min’s and you will see how wonder full it is enjoy! great place to stay cheap and excellent value for money http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghent

iph May 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

you can go to antwerp, as i remember it’s closer to amsterdam than brussels. it has the 2nd largest port of europe, and a very precious diamond museum. ideal for a daytrip

Jeroen Wijnands May 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Any Belgium city will have a good variety of restaurants and cafes.

Personally I prefer Leuven and Gent, both reachable by changing trains at Antwerp.

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