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Belgium & Netherlands Trip

5 days discovering new spots at Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels.

lina sofia
by lina sofiaAbout Me:College student, took six months for traveling trough Europe and learn french. read more

EuropeBelgium, Netherlands5 days / August 2019

Highs & Lows

Great architecture and views in each city.

Amsterdam was quite rainy.

Itinerary Overview

At that moment I was living in Lyon, a city located in the south east of France. I bought a ticket from Eurail, this ticket was for travelling trough Europe in train as many times as I wanted for 4 months. The first trip was Brussels-Bruges-Amsterdam, first I arrived by train with one of my friends to Brussels the trip was about 6-7 hours long, she had a friend living in a town near the capital its called “Mons” it was around 40-50 minutes from Brussels, and we stayed 3 nights, one of those days we went to Bruges for the day but we didn’t spend the night there, we went by train with the Eurail ticket but a normal train ticket costs around 30 euros round trip, there are also buses (Flixbus) which are cheaper one ticket can cost 6 euros.

Finally, our last destination was Amsterdam, we went by train from Brussels and the trip was about 3 hours long, previously we saw some hotels but they were quite expensive, so we decided to stay in “Couchsurfing” basically is an app where you find different people that could host you with no cost, the main idea of this is to have a cultural exchange with other people and at the same time helps save money.

A Dutch guy received us in his house and the experience was great, we stayed with him 2 nights, he was so gentile, we spend time with him and some of his friends, and he took us to main places in Amsterdam. There are lots of things to do in the capital of Netherlands, many touristic spots, national markets, ride in bicycle, trips in boat, parties and many other things! It’s a great city with a totally different culture, for sure you will learn new things!

  • 3 Nights: Brussels
    Brussels best beer
  • Day trip: Bruges
    A fairy tale experience
  • 2 Nights: Amsterdam
    Amsterdam is a must

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    More nights in Amsterdam. It's a great city with a lot of beautiful spots.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    No, everything was great. New experiencies !

  • How was the food?

    Try the local food! In Brussels, waffles (gaufres)and chocolate! In Amsterdam, stroopwaffles, french fries and bitterballen.

  • Transportation Tips?

    For brussels you can use the metro for some places, but in general it´s better to walk ! You can find secret spots.

  • Booking details?

    There are good hotels around each city, but also hostals which are a great option.