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Flanders and Brussels by train
Flanders is a region in the north of Belgium, teeming with history and atmosphere. Wherever you go, you will find lively café terraces, gorgeous architectural facades, world-class museums, gastronomic restaurants and unique shops. The cities of Flanders exhibit their authentic charm with cobblestone streets, beguinages, shopping streets, cathedrals and internationally renowned art works.
Flanders is home to creative, passionate people who ply their trade with a sense of devotion and an eye for detail. Flanders’s chocolatiers, brewers, designers, scientists are waiting for you.
Brussels, the capital of Flanders, is easily accessible by train from Paris (1h22 trip), Amsterdam (1h13 trip), London (2h10 trip) and Cologne (1h47 trip). Using public transport in Flanders is quick, safe and gives you the freedom to see and experience a great deal in a short time.
Day 1 and 2
Start your Flanders tour in its capital. Brussels, a mosaic of languages, cultures and traditions, hosts over 80 museums, numerous tourist attractions, a vibrant nightlife, countless restaurants and shopping opportunities. As the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, Brussels is often referred to as the Capital of Europe. The starting point for any visit to Brussels is the Grand Place, which is frequently described as the most beautiful square in the word. It was built as a merchants’ market in the 13th century.
Discover Brussels through the eyes of Tintin, a famous cartoon character, on a comic strip theme walk or go visit the Grote Zavel district (Grand Sablon) where you will find antique shops and a lively market during the weekend and exquisite chocolate shops at almost every corner. Indeed, Brussels is also famous for its beautiful chocolate shops and that might give you the urge to try to be a chocolatier yourself!
Stylish shoppers and fashionistas have come to the right place. Go trend shopping in the Antoine Dansaert street and try on some designer pieces. In the evening, go visit one of the many authentic bars or restaurants. You might want to try the regional specialties such as mussels with chips, endive with ham and cheese, Brussels waffles and of course the famous Belgian beers.
On your second day, you can visit the Magritte museum, which is dedicated to Belgium’s famous surrealist painter. Can’t get enough of the exquisite beer culture? Step into the family-owned brewery Cantillion, where the brewing process has been left unchanged since 1900.
Take the train to Antwerp (40 min trip), one of the largest and most trendy cities in Flanders. Antwerp has always been boosting with creativity and was home to great artists such as Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck. Nowadays, the city houses the world-famous Antwerp Six, a group of influential avant garde fashion designers, who transformed Antwerp into a leading fashion centre. In the Lombardenvest street and Steenhouwersvest street you will find many international brands alongside Antwerp designers. If you have some time left between shopping sprees, go visit the Fashion Museum before heading to the famous Diamond quarter, near the central station, where trade and diamond shopping is concentrated. Don’t miss out on the MAS, a new museum which tell the stories of Antwerp’s centuries-long connection with the world.
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