Bruges

Bruges

I managed to save the best for last as I spent the final day of my vacation in Bruges. Designated as an UNESCO world heritage site, Bruges is one of the most well preserved medieval towns in Europe. Not only it is rich in history, it also has beautiful canals that run through its city centre. I definitely recommend it as a day trip from Brussels. The train to Bruges took around 90 minutes from Brussels Central. After getting off…

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Brussels

Brussels

For my one and only full day in Brussels, I had absolutely nothing on my itinerary. Prior to my trip I knew I wanted to visit either the Horta Museum or do a tour of the Town Hall in the afternoon, but I had no idea what to do with the rest of my time in the city. I just knew I didn’t want to go the museums route again. After a bit of contemplating, I first walked over to the Grand…

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Antwerp

Antwerp

For Day 5 of my trip I bid goodbye to Amsterdam in the morning and hopped on a train to Belgium. My main reason for visiting Antwerp was to see the cathedral, so I only allotted a few hours to spend in the city. However, Antwerp definitely has its own charm and I would love to spend more time there if I have the chance to visit again. Most people would probably take the high speed rail to Belgium, but…

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Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

For my last full day in Holland, I started the morning with a visit to Zaanse Schans (a name to which I still don’t know how to pronounce). There are a couple of ways to get to the village – one is to take the heritage bus, which takes about 40 minutes, and the other is to take a train to the nearest station and walk 15 minutes. I ended up taking the train as it was both quicker and…

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Den Haag & Haarlem

Den Haag & Haarlem

The next day was my day trip to Den Haag. I left the hotel around 9:30 and got to Den Haag around 11am. Den Haag was a complete 180 from Amsterdam. It was a lot less touristy and had a much more relaxing pace. It’s definitely a good side trip if you want to escape from the city. My first stop that day was the Mauritius Museum. I paid separately for an admission ticket, which also included entry to the…

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