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13 Day Trips From Brussels

Brussels is known for its history, the baroque architecture, and some of the world’s best chocolate, This capital city offers a wide variety of things to do and see, that you can spend days exploring it. Belgium, however, has so much to offer than the gold-tipped Grand Palace, waffles and chocolates and it has towns and cities that could rival the splendor and rich history of Brussels. The city is also an ideal starting point if you wish to visit another country in a day, and there’s a pretty diverse choice. Here’s a list to help you decide:

 

13 Day Trips From Brussels

1.Antwerp

Grote Markt Antwerp Belgium

Easily reachable by train, Antwerp should be on top of your list when you want to take a day trip from Brussels as it’s only 45 minutes away by train. This city is an interesting mix of old and new, with popular historic attractions such as  Cathedral Of Our Lady and the Plantin-Moretus Museum for history and literature nerdUtrechever, the stunning sights at Antwerp starts right at the central train station, a grand building considered to be one of the most beautiful train stations. Also check out the Diamond District, as Antwerp is one of the largest diamond districts in the world. As mentioned earlier, a haven for literature and history geek is the Plantin-Moretus Museum, which has a stunning courtyard and also a UNESCO world heritage site for its role in creating early literature using print presses.

Make sure to visit the Vlaaikensgang, a medieval alleyway dating back to 1591.  This secret street is accessed via a door (Oude Koornmarkt 16) is a quiet hidden place that many tourists don’t know about.

Check out the Grote Markt, with its buildings such as the 16th century extremely extravagant guild house.  There’s also the Het Steen, a medieval castle that was intended to protect the city from invasions. For a stunning view over Antwerp and after looking at exhibitions, climb to the top of MAS, one of Antwerp’s main museums.

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2.Bastogne

Bastogne

Situated in Belgium’s  Luxembourg area on the crossing of the rivers Rhine and Meuse, the picturesque small town of Bastogne is tucked in a lush, green valley, perfect for biking and lazy afternoons strolling along the river banks. The size can easily fool visitors and at first glance, it may seem uneventful, but a visit here makes for an easy, laid back day tour from Brussels.  Bastogne’s top draw is that it was the location of the famed Battle of the Bulge, and a cycle through the recommended trails passing through the Belgian Ardennes, and the battlegrounds are especially fascinating. There’s also the Bastogne War Museum with its amazing set-up, abundant but comprehensible information and the many 3D videos for a touching and mind-blowing total historical immersion. For families and kids, Bastogne has La Ferme des Bisons — a paradise for wannabe cowboys, with cozy gîtes for rent that are perfect for a splendid vacation in the rural Ardennes. And of course, there’s the stunning lake La Strange, a fishing spot as well as a haven for biking and leisurely strolls while enjoying a piece of amazing nature.

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3.Amsterdam

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam, Netherlands is only a couple of hours by train from Brussels, but the ride is surely worth it once you start exploring this charming, historic city. Its city center is easy to explore by foot, making it an ideal day tour from Brussels.

While in Amsterdam, make sure you explore the canals either by foot or boat, especially the three main canals Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht. All dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, they are surrounded by some of the most beautiful traditional Dutch houses that Amsterdam is famous for. A must visit are the Dam Square with the Royal Palace with its impressive buildings,  the Begijnhof where you’ll see one of the two original wooden houses in Amsterdam, and the floating flower market.

If you must be at a museum, make it either one of the three:

Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, or Anne Frank House, or all if you booked tickets in advance. If you fancy a beer or just want to learn its history, check out Heineken’s oldest brewery, now converted into an interactive museum. For some unique, stroll along the Nine Streets, the area is famous for independent boutiques, specialty stores, and vintage shopping.

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4.Ghent

Gent City Center Belgium

Located only 60 kilometers or 40 minutes away from Brussels, Ghent is easily reached by car or by train. It is an absolute medieval treasure, and a must if you’re looking for a unique day trip from Brussels. Ghent is also a cultural city defined by its music, theatre, film, and visual arts scene, as well as its medieval history. Ghent is best explored by foot, so you can fully enjoy the sights especially its impressive medieval architecture. It is located at the confluence of rivers Leie and Scheldt, so you can also go on a boat ride through the canals for a different perspective of the sights.

Some of Ghent’s top attractions are the 12th-century medieval castle Gravesteen, which was the residence of the Court of Flanders; the Gothic Saint Bravo’s Cathedral, home to the Ghent Altarpiece and the  Citadelpark, a beautiful natural oasis in the middle of the city, surrounded by monuments and museums. When in Ghent, make sure you also visit the Belfry of Ghent, the Town Hall, and get a glimpse of Ghent’s trading history at the Old Fish Market.

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5.Cologne

Cologne Cathedral Paris

Cologne doesn’t always come to mind when planning for a day trip from Brussels, but at only a little over 2 hours by train from the Belgium capital, this German city is slowly becoming a must-visit for travelers.

The tour often starts at the Cologne Cathedral, which towers at almost 160 meters over the houses and is the city’s main landmark. If you’re up to it, climb the 509 steps to the top of the tower, pass by the church bell, called “Dicker Pitter” and enjoy the scenic view over the city and the Rhine. Adjacent to the Cathedral is the historic center with old, colorful houses,  where you’ll see Tünnes und Schäl, two figures that represent the original Kölsch inhabitants, and marvel at the town hall and tower. When you get hungry, try some Cologne dishes such as “Himmel un Aed” or “Halve Hahn”.

Go museum hopping and check out some modern art at the Ludwig Museum or art from the Middle Ages to the Impressionist era in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, while you can learn about the city’s Roman past at the Roman-Germanic Museum. Before going back to Paria, relax with a cup of coffee along with a piece of cake at the 150-year old Café Reichard for a wonderful view of the Cathedral.

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6.Maastricht

Maastricht Netherlands

Founded in 50 BC by the Romans, Maastricht is one of the most beautiful and stylish cities in The Netherlands. Situated close to both Belgium and German borders, it is also the capital of the south-eastern province of Limburg and can be reached by train from Brussels in less than two hours.

A good place to start exploring Maastricht is through the old city center, where you can see landmarks like the Vrijthof, the Bonnefanten Museum, Saint Servatius church, and the old city walls.

The Treaty of Maastricht was signed here, making this city a symbol of the European Union. It has since attracted visitors from all over, who enjoy the fantastic food, the lovely terraces, and the luxurious shopping street, the Stokstraat. While in Maastricht you’ll find out soon enough that most of the buildings and even bridges like the Sint Servaasbrug are built during the 13th century. You should also see the Helpoort or Hell’s Gate, which was built in 1380 as part of the inner defense wall of the city, the Gothic Sint Janskerk, and De Bisschopsmolen mill, Maastricht’s historical (And Working!) watermill. Take a break from all the exploring by dining in one of the cafes on Vrijthof, and just a few steps away, find one of Maastricht’s unique attractions: Boekhandel Dominicanen, a 13th Century Churched turned into a bookstore and a cafe.

With all these fascinating attractions, Maastricht certainly makes for one of the best day trips from Brussels.

7.Frankfurt

Frankfurt old town Germany

This old imperial city on the River Main is mostly known as an important commercial and economic center. Frankfurt is considered a global city and frequently ranks in the top ten best cities to live and do business. Less than three hours from Brussels via the fastest train route, Frankfurt is also a hub for cultural and tourism activities such as the Frankfurt Book Fair (the world’s most important publishing event). It also has a number of fine museums, impressive architecture, huge garden parks, and a stunning gothic cathedral — making it a worthwhile day trip from Brussels if you’re keen on venturing to a different country.

In the heart of Frankfurt’s Old Town is the Römerberg,  with the Justice Fountain at its center,  surrounded by open-fronted shops, and the Römer, which is made up of 11 lovely buildings, faithfully reconstructed in 1954 from original 15th- to 18th-century floorplans.

Make sure you spend time at the Museum District, with its collection of separate museums, such as the Museum of World Cultures, Museum of Ancient Sculpture and The Icon Museum. Relax at the Palm Garden, the 54-acre botanic garden in Germany, and afterward, visit the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, one of the most modern museums of natural history in Europe. Slow down at the end of your Frankfurt tour at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, built of red sandstone in Gothic style and at 95 meters, still manages to stand out in this city of skyscrapers.

8.Namur

Namur Belgium

An intriguing town located between two rivers and surrounded by castles, Namur can be reached in less than an hour by train from Brussels. As the capital city of the Wallonia region of Belgium, Namur is also considered as an important political and cultural seat in the country.

This city is crammed with medieval castles, citadels, and canals, making it a definite must for those who want to go on a day trip from Brussels. You can easily explore Namur by foot or on a bike, wander around the graceful alleys, then stop and admire landmarks such as the Saint Aubain Cathedral and the Felicien Rops Museum. You should also see the Citadel of Namur, built at the confluence of the rivers of Meuse and Sambre, and the Gothic Maredsous Abbey.

9.Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Located very close to the Belgium and German border, Luxembourg is one of the most recommended day trips from Brussels especially for those who are fond of beautiful rural sceneries. It is less than three hours by train from the Belgian capital.  Explore it by foot or on a bike, start with the Kirchberg quarter and its many important buildings such as the European Court of Justice, and the European Commission. Marvel at the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral and its Renaissance touches, or see the Palace of the Grand Duke and the city’s fortifications. Make sure you also visit the stunning Adolphe Bridge; the

Gelle Fra, a war memorial, dedicated to the thousands of Luxembourgers who volunteered for service in the armed forces during both World Wars and the Korean War, and the Medieval ruins of Pétrusse Casemates.

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10.Utrecht

Dom Tower in Utrecht Netherlands

As Belgium’s closest neighbor, it is pretty easy to go across the border and visit many cities in the Netherlands. One of the best day trips from Brussels should take you to Utrecht, an iconic religious center for centuries. A picturesque city that’s best explored by walking or cycling, Utrecht is best known for the Dom, a 14th-century bell tower, tallest in the Netherlands; the cathedrals, canals, and medieval castles. Wandering further into Ultrecht, you also shouldn’t miss the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin in the central square, the Utrecht Botanical Gardens, and Utrecht canals. Another must visit is the gothic Castle De Haar, a medieval structure with stunning gardens surrounding it;  Ultrecht’s Centraal Museum and Railway Museum housed in a 19th-century railway station.

11.Ypres (Battlefields of Flanders)

Battlefields of Flanders Belgium

Only 123 kilometers or an hour and 25 minutes from Belgium’s capital, the road that takes you to Ypres is filled with breathtaking views.

Ypres is known for the three Battles of Ypres during the First World War from 1914-1919, which destroyed the entire city. Restoration work began in 1921, once residents that moved back to Ypres in 1919 have already settled. The city may have recovered since then, but its painful history and how it rose from the ruins makes it an important place to visit. Explore Yores and discover why it’s one of the best day tours from Brussels. Stop by the Menin Gate, a war memorial with inscribed names of fallen heroes of war; see the In Flanders

Field Museum, which is dedicated to the study of World War 1, and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, a place dedicated to the 100 days battle of Passchendaele in 1917, as well as the German cemetery, and the Saint George’s Chapel.

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12.Paris

best day trips from paris

You simply cannot go wrong with Paris, and it certainly makes for a satisfying day trip from Brussels. Less than two hours by train from the Belgium capital, make sure you set out early, wear comfortable shoes and prepare for a lot of walking. Paris is definitely more than the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, a walk along the Seine or the Place de la Concorde and Jardin des Tuileries.

While in the French capital, make sure you stroll through the Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in France that dates back to 1626. There’s also the iconic and charming Latin Quarter, home to the Sorbonne University, one of the oldest colleges in Europe.  The place got its name from the theology students who spoke in Latin until the French Revolution. A day in Paris won’t be complete without seeing the grandiose Pantheon, originally a church until the French Revolution and now contains the tombs of famous French figures such as Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, and Alexandre Dumas.

Take a break from walking at the Luxembourg Gardens, which dates back to 1612 and is one of the most popular parks in Paris. Once you’ve recharged, continue through Sant Germain, the quintessential Parisian neighborhood with its elegant buildings, charming streets, and picturesque squares.

Stay until sunset or early evening to witness why Paris is the city of lights, and before you leave, make sure to get a few boxes of macaroons at Pierre Hermé, Parisian chocolates at La Maison du Chocolat and decadent hot chocolate at Angelina in Rue de Rivoli.

13.Waterloo Memorial

A definite must-visit for any history enthusiast, the Waterloo memorial is so close to the Belgium capital that it’s often a choice destination for a Brussels day trip. Located just 30 kilometers or about 25 minutes away from the capital city, it’s ideal to spend a whole day in Waterloo to best appreciate it.

Once there, check out the historic Waterloo Battlefield; the Lions (Mound) Hamlet which is also a visitor center, and the Musée Wellington with its wealth of information about the 1815 battle. You shouldn’t miss

Napoleon’s Last Headquarters, a 5 room museum containing items of Napoleon, located around 4 kilometers to the south of the Lion’s Mound. There’s also the Pass 1815, the Hougoumont, a shed that’s believed to have played an important role in the battle and of course,  Waterloo – where the finale of the battle took place.

Operating Hours

      Period        Memorial
01/04-30/06    09h30 -18h30
01/07-31/08    09h30-19h30
01/09-31/10    09h30- 18h30
01/11-31/03     09h30-17h30
Period             Hougoumont
01/04-30/06  10:00-18:30
01/07-31/08    10:00-19:30
01/09–31/10  10:00-18:30
01/11 -31/03    10:30-17:30

Admission Fee

Prices without activities
Adult-16 €
Student, Senior citizen (60+)-15€
Child (10-17 ans)- 8€
Child (0-9 ans)-Free
Prices with activitiesAdult-18€
Student, Senior citizen (60+)-17€
Child (10-17 ans)-9€
Child (0-9 ans)Free

Event rates
Adult-24€
Student, Senior citizen (60+)-23€
Child (10-17 ans)-12€
Child (0-9 ans)-Free

Contact Information

Address: Route du Lion, 1815 1420 Braine-L’Alleud  Belgium

Phone:+32 2 385 19 12

Email:info@waterloo1815.be

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13 Day Trips From Amsterdam

Amsterdam may not be as big a city as other European countries, but its network of winding canals that offers different perspectives of the city’s most picturesque sights is something you simply won’t get enough of. Being one of the most visited cities in Europe, it takes days to fully explore Amsterdam. The rest of the Netherlands, however, has so much to offer and many of them could even rival the quaint charm of the capital. From old castles, scenic countrysides, medieval towns and even cities from across the border, a lot of these places are accessible within hours and can be explored in one day.

If you’re in the Dutch capital and want to escape the hustle for a day here’s thirteen of the most exciting day trips from Amsterdam.

13 Day Trips From Amsterdam

1.Giethoorn

Giethoorn Netherlands

Hailed by locals and tourists alike as the “Venice of the Netherlands,” Giethoorn is regarded as one of the best day tours from the Netherlands. Only two hours from the Dutch capital by bus, train or private car, a day at this magical little town is something you won’t easily forget.

Giethoorn has canals instead of streets and boats instead of cars so prepare to explore with a group or you can also get your own boat. Wander through town while Manning your boat through the canals and see a stunning perspective of this pretty little town. Marvel at old churches and museums,  at the beautiful thatched roof homes and their gardens. When you’ve had enough of seeing the town from the canals, you can always explore by walking. Giethoorn has a variety of restaurants, from authentic Dutch dishes to Italian pizza, interesting shops, and rustic buildings.  The place is so typically Dutch that a day in Giethoorn may make you tired from walking or manning a boat, but the town’s laidback vibe also relaxes you as you take in its scenery.

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2.Alkmaar

Alkmaar Houses Holland

Located in the province of Noord Holland, the city of Alkmaar is famous for its centuries-old traditional cheese market. Only 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central, Alkmaar is best visited during spring and summer, from April until September. Every Friday morning during these months, around 30,000 kilos or 2200 whole cheeses, are lined up and waiting for customers. You can also find out how cheese is traded according to a centuries-old tradition.

Aside from the cheese market, Alkmaar is a picturesque, quaint city that is worth exploring by foot or with a bicycle. You can wander into pretty courtyards, spend an afternoon in cute cafes, check out the nicest local boutiques, and step inside interesting museums.

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3.Antwerp

Grote Markt Antwerp Belgium

The closest foreign city to Amsterdam and easily reachable by train, Antwerp should be on top of your list when you want to take a day trip from Amsterdam, especially if you want to venture out of the Netherlands.

This city is an interesting mix of old and new, with popular historic attractions such as  Cathedral Of Our Lady and the Plantin-Moretus Museum for history and literature nerds.

However, the stunning sights at Antwerp start right at the central train station, a grand building considered to be one of the most beautiful train stations. Also check out the Diamond District, as Antwerp is one of the largest diamond districts in the world. As mentioned earlier, a haven for literature and history geek is the Plantin-Moretus Museum, which has a stunning courtyard and also a UNESCO world heritage site for its role in creating early literature using print presses.

Make sure to visit the Vlaaikensgang, a medieval alleyway dating back to 1591.  This secret street is accessed via a door (Oude Koornmarkt 16) is a quiet hidden place that many tourists don’t know about.

Check out the Grote Markt, with its buildings such as the 16th century extremely extravagant guild house.  There’s also the Het Steen, a medieval castle that was intended to protect the city from invasions. For a stunning view over Antwerp and after looking at exhibitions, climb to the top of MAS, one of Antwerp’s main museums.

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4.Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk Netherland

Kinderdijk may not be as close to Amsterdam as Zaanse Schans, but it’s still one of the best day trips from Amsterdam. The stunning Kinderdijk network of 19 windmills has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site sincr1997 and is the best place to see a row of windmills in the Netherlands.

It can be reached from Amsterdam by taking the train then transferring to a bus that will bring you to Kinderdijk.

The Kinderdijk area is a scenic place to explore by bike or you can walk on the paved paths. You may also get on a hop-on-hop-off boat through the canals for another perspective of Kinderdijk or take a cruise tour to see all of the windmills from the water. Kinderdijk also has dikes, pumping mills and two of the windmills are museums so you can learn how millers once used the windmills to remove water from the marshlands and release water back into the earth for irrigation purposes.

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5.Zaanse Schans

Windmills in Zaanse Schans

A good way to take a break and escape the hustle and bustle of touristy Amsterdam is to explore the Dutch countryside, even for a day.  Less than an hour from the Netherlands capital, Zaanse Schans is a pretty little village that is quintessentially Dutch. Likewise, it is one huge museum, with the whole place that’s like a window to old Holland’s industrial past, where you can actually see windmills in action. The picturesque village has wooden cottages, lush green pastures with animals grazing, the river Zaan flowing through, and it’s almost surreal.

Other places you can see in Zaanse Schans are a cheese making shop, a lumber mill, a wooden clog maker and a restaurant serving Dutch pancakes.  In the Zaans Museum located right next door, you can look at exhibits featuring the biscuit and chocolate maker Verkade.

If you still have a few hours to spare, other interesting countryside villages that offer glimpses to Dutch heritage, culture and industry are Edam, known for its cheese production; Marken for the winding streets, colourful townhouses traditional shoemaker that makes clogs and just across the  IJsselmeer Lake is

Volendam, a quaint fishing village that hasn’t lost any of its rustic charms and one of the best places to stock up on souvenirs.

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6.Brussels

Brussels

Known for its history, the baroque architecture, and some of the world’s best chocolate, Brussels offers a wide variety of things to do and see, even if you’re only going to be here for a day. Only a few hours by train Brussels is one of the best day trips from Amsterdam, as it gets you out of the Netherlands completely and allows you to see another country and back in under 24 hours.

Start exploring Brussels at the magnificent gold tipped Grand Palace. This is one of Europe’s most impressive squares where you can marvel at some of Brussels’ famous baroque architecture. Visit the 14th Century Gothic cathedral The Notre Dam Du Sablon, and the Palais Royal which remains the official residence of the royal family. Don’t miss the Manneken Pis, the small bronze sculpture of a naked boy peeing into a fountain which has now become a national symbol. In between visiting every attraction, enjoy some Belgian delights like waffles, pomme frites (chips/French fries), beer and don’t forget the fabulous hand made chocolates which you can bring back to Amsterdam.

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7.Maastricht

Maastricht Netherlands

Founded in 50 BC by the Romans, Maastricht is one of the most beautiful and stylish cities in The Netherlands. Situated close to both Belgium and German borders, it is also the capital of the south-eastern province of Limburg and can be reached by train from

Amsterdam Central Station in about two and a half hours.

A good place to start exploring Maastricht is through the old city center, where you can see landmarks like the Vrijthof, the Bonnefanten Museum, Saint Servatius church, and the old city walls.

The Treaty of Maastricht was signed here, making this city a symbol of the European Union. It has since attracted visitors from all over, who enjoy the fantastic food, the lovely terraces, and the luxurious shopping street, the Stokstraat. While in Maastricht you’ll find out soon enough that most of the buildings and even bridges like the Sint Servaasbrug are built during the 13th century. You should also see the Helpoort or Hell’s Gate, which was built in 1380 as part of the inner defense wall of the city, the Gothic Sint Janskerk, and De Bisschopsmolen mill, Maastricht’s historical (And Working!) watermill. Take a break from all the exploring by dining in one of the cafes on Vrijthof, and just a few steps away, find one of Maastricht’s unique attractions: Boekhandel Dominicanen, a 13th Century Churched turned into a bookstore and a cafe.

With all these fascinating attractions, Maastricht certainly makes for one of the best day trips from Amsterdam.

8.Rotterdam

Rotterdam Netherlands

While Amsterdam is known for its old canals and buildings, Rotterdam is popular for its cutting-edge architecture. Less than an hour by train from Amsterdam, this modern Dutch city is often overlooked but is now slowly becoming one of the best places to visit from Amsterdam. Rotterdam is the Netherland’s second largest city and in many ways is the exact opposite of the capital. While Amsterdam is quaint yet touristy, Rotterdam is modern and edgy but pretty laid back.  Definitely a place for those into architecture and good food, Rotterdam is the place to be if you want to escape the hustle of Amsterdam even for a day.

Some of the must visits are the bright yellow cube houses at the Old Port and Erasmus Bridge. There’s also the Euromast, a literal and metaphorical highlight.

Make sure you go straight up to the top of the 185m building in a rotating glass elevator and marvel at Rotterdam’s picturesque cityscape.

In recent years, Rotterdam has also spent a lot in converting old worn out warehouses into street food venues and bars, making the city a new haven for foodies. Check out the Markthal (Market Hall, with its stunning mural and an impressive variety of food stalls ranging from Dutch delicacies, as well as food from other countries.

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9.Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Germany

Situated along the banks of the Rhine and located in Northwestern Germany, Düsseldorf is known for its bustling art scene and world-famous beer. A diverse and modern city in Northern Germany it is reached by a train from Amsterdam and takes only a few hours. If you want to set out to a different country in a city that’s so different from the Dutch capital but as interesting, Düsseldorf should be on your list when considering a day tour from Amsterdam. It’s not very touristy yet and gives you the feeling of being in one of Europe’s bigger cities.

A good way to start getting to know Düsseldorf is by visiting the Schloss Benrath,  an 18th-century pink palace in the Rococo style. Schloss Benrath served as a summer residence for Elector Palatine Charles Theodore and his wife Elizabeth Auguste of Sulzbach. These days, the palace houses 3 museums that contain exhibits on life in the 18th century. Nearby, the kilometer-long Konigsalle is Düsseldorf’s most sophisticated shopping street, filled on both sides with boutiques, art galleries, and shops by high-end designers. Adjacent to Konigsalle is Germany’s oldest public park, the Hofgarten, which has the baroque-style Hofgärtnerhaus and the rococo Schloss Jägerhof.  Interesting sculptures are scattered throughout the park, as well as historic monuments and memorials.

In the Altstadt meanwhile, is the Marktplatz, the Schlossturm (Castle Tower). which houses one of Germany’s best marine museums, the SchiffahrtsMuseum; the St. Lambertus, church which is one of the oldest buildings in the city and the Carlsplatz Market.

Winding down after hours of exploring, stroll through the Rheinuferpromenade or the Rhine Embankment Promenade which stretches from the Parliament to the harbor. If you like art, step inside Museum Kunstpalast to see artwork dating from the 3rd century to the present day. The Museum also offers classical concerts and theatrical performances.

Make sure you visit the tallest building in Düsseldorf, the Rhine Tower or  Rhienturm the Medienhafen, or Media Harbor, which is a district is filled with modern, high rise buildings and unique architecture. Before leaving Düsseldorf, relax at a cafe and enjoy not just a hot drink but delicious Viennese-style cakes as well.

10.Bruges

Bruges Belgium

The trip may be slightly longer than your average day trip from Amsterdam, but Bruges is so spectacular, it is well worth the effort. This picturesque, medieval town can be reached within three hours from Amsterdam.

Bruges is often cited as one of the most romantic destinations in Europe, with its flower-lined canals, colorful Flemish architecture, quaint side streets, and delicious gourmet food.

A UNESCO world heritage site, Bruges has a charming historical center, lined with impressive architecture from as early as the 12th century. Another must visit is the Groeningemuseum, that features the works of Flemish painters such as van Eyck and Bosch. While in Bruges, make sure you try local dishes such as Moules-Frites (mussels and chips) for lunch, accompanied by locally brewed Belgian beers, and, of course, chocolate.

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11.Nuenen / Van Gogh Village

Van Gogh Starry Night

One of the emerging destinations that is easily accessible from Amsterdam is Nuenen or Van Gogh Village. Located in the south, it is reached by train to Eindhoven and then a bus to Nuenen, making it an ideal day trip from Amsterdam. Neuman got its ‘Van Gogh Village’ nickname because this is where he painted over a quarter of all his famous works.

Nuenen is a rather small village, where Van Gogh also lived with his parents between 1883 and 1885. While he was in Nuenen Van Gogh had all the time to explore and take in the rural scenery. He paid locals to pose for him, which they willingly did, and after 2 years, Van Gogh produced 195 paintings, 313 drawings, 25 watercolours, and 19 sketches. All done in Neunen, these make up a quarter of his works in total. One of these pieces is the famous The Potato Eaters.

Exploring the ‘Van Gogh Village’ is like a mini introduction and history lesson of everything Van Gogh. The Vincente introduces you to Van Goghs family, the famous paintings he made when he lived in Nuenen and village life during that time. Around Nuenen town center, you can see 23 spots that were significant to the artist, 14 of which he painted or sketched. Some of the buildings that he painted are still there. There are also 17 information columns, and at the press of a button gives details (in English or Dutch) why this particular spot was so important to Van Gogh.

A visit to Neunen, whether you’re into arts or not is pretty laid back and relaxing aside from it gives you insight not just about the life of an artist but history as well.

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12.Paris

best day trips from paris

You simply cannot go wrong with Paris, and it certainly makes for a satisfying day trip from Amsterdam. Only a few hours by train from the Dutch capital, make sure you set out early, wear comfortable shoes and prepare for a lot of walking. Paris is definitely more than the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, a walk along the Seine or the Place de la Concorde and Jardin des Tuileries.

While in the French capital, make sure you stroll through the Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in France that dates back to 1626. There’s also the iconic and charming Latin Quarter, home to the Sorbonne University, one of the oldest colleges in Europe.  The place got its name from the theology students who spoke in Latin until the French Revolution. A day in Paris won’t be complete without seeing the grandiose Pantheon, originally a church until the French Revolution and now contains the tombs of famous French figures such as Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, and Alexandre Dumas.

Take a break from walking at the Luxembourg Gardens, which dates back to 1612 and is one of the most popular parks in Paris. Once you’ve recharged, continue through Sant Germain, the quintessential Parisian neighborhood with its elegant buildings, charming streets, and picturesque squares.

Stay until sunset or early evening to witness why Paris is the city of lights, and before you leave, make sure to get a few boxes of macaroons at Pierre Hermé, Parisian chocolates at La Maison du Chocolat and decadent hot chocolate at Angelina in Rue de Rivoli.

13.North Holland

Enkhuizen Netherlands

A territory best explored via boat (or ship!) to navigate its islands, or a train or bike for scenic views of the countryside, a visit to North Holland, particularly the West Friesland part is one of the more exciting Amsterdam day trips you’d experience. The Dutch capital is located right in the Northern part of the country so exploring its more remote parts is pretty easy.

In an hour or so you could be on a West Friesland tour that takes you to places like Marken, which is known for its wooden houses; Texel which is best explored by cycling, walking and horse riding, also the largest of the islands and Zuid-Kennemerland National Park which has forests, beaches and dunes where you can hike or bike around. Along with those already mentioned, historic towns from the Dutch Golden Age are also found in this area such as Enkhuizen,

Hoorn  Medemblik and the affluent Gooi en Vechtstreek. There are also forests and heathlands, as well as interesting villages to explore. The central town of the region is Hilversum, which is home to some impressive modern architecture. There’s also Naarden, which has one of the best preserved fortified towns in the world, and Muiden with its 13th-century castle and other medieval structures.

As with the rest of the Netherlands, North Holland is also known for its cheese. North Holland Cheese is a special kind of cheese protected by the European Union, and can only bear this label if it is actually produced in North Holland using traditional methods and ingredients sourced from the region. These cheeses are available in any supermarket in North Holland.

 


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