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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #255 on: May 31, 2019, 07:11:09 AM »
What do you want to see? Where are you coming from?

Coming from NY, planning to spend a day in Belgium and the rest of the week in Amsterdam. Want to see the top tourist attractions. 

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #256 on: May 31, 2019, 08:37:45 AM »
Coming from NY, planning to spend a day in Belgium and the rest of the week in Amsterdam. Want to see the top tourist attractions. 

Stay in Brussels and go to Bruges and/or Ghent. Antwerp and Brussels are not necessary to tour around. If you really want to tour in one of them, I think Antwerp is nicer.

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #257 on: June 02, 2019, 12:58:58 AM »
I just came back from Brussels. We took a late Flixbus from Amsterdam to Brussels which was half the price of the slow train and 1/4 price of the faster train.

We stayed at the Dominican Hotel which is a Marriott property. The hotel is clean and very gothic. They play creepy church music in the elevators and the hallways are dark. The rooms are adequately sized but small and had a small refrigerator. Breakfast was not included for status members but there was free coffee in the lobby. It is only a category 4 and well located near the central train station so it was a good choice.

Our first day in Brussels we went to Bruges and Ghent. Both were incredible and well worth a visit. We took the elevator to the top of the Belfry in Ghent and the views were breathtaking. We did not have time to go inside the old castle that has a museum. It is definitely a solid half day and you could probably do a full day there. Bruges was also well worth a visit but much more touristy. Every store there was a cafe/souvenir shop. I think they also must have really good PR because the city is dubbed the "Venice of the North" but the canals are not really prominent. We took a boat ride on the canals which was really worthwhile.

We at dinner at O Delicis Alice. The food was tasty and well priced. The staff was all really friendly and help translate the french menu for us stupid Americans who only know a few french words.

Our initial plan was to go to Paris for the day on the speed train, but by the time we were able to book, tickets were 200 euro per person and didn't make sense to spend that for the day. Instead we did a half day tour of Brussels and half day in Antwerp. Brussels basically has very little to see unless you want to see a statue of a boy peeing or the EU buildings. Antwerp was interesting to walk around the medieval area and we rode the Ferris wheel. We also saw the views from the MAS building and walked around the train station area. We flew out from BRU at 6 am the next morning.

My honest opinion of Brussels is that it feels like the dementors live there. It is a very dreary city. While there are plenty of things to fill your time with, I would say see Bruges and Ghent and then move on, unless you have a reason to be in Belgium otherwise. You can probably even do Bruges and/or Ghent as a day trip from Amsterdam but it would be a very long day.

I'll try to post some pictures later. If there is anything specific anyone wants, let me know.

Any particular reason you chose the Dominican Hotel rather than the Marriott Grand Palace.

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #258 on: June 03, 2019, 06:26:45 AM »
Any particular reason you chose the Dominican Hotel rather than the Marriott Grand Palace.

It's a category 4 and we used our credit card certificates. I haven't upgraded my cards yet.

We met people who were staying at the Marriott who said there is currently a lot of construction right around there but they liked the hotel.

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #259 on: June 20, 2019, 12:38:48 AM »
Would you go from London to Brussels for the day?  Is it worth it?  Or maybe leave at night and sleep on Brussels and go back to London the following night?

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #260 on: June 20, 2019, 12:42:47 AM »
There is nothing worth seeing in Brussels
Purpose > Pleasure

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #261 on: August 11, 2019, 11:35:10 AM »
Are there kosher waffles in Antwerp?

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #262 on: November 19, 2019, 04:08:07 PM »
How much would a taxi be from Antwerp to:
Schiphol airport?
Orly Airport?
Endhoven Airport?
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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #263 on: November 19, 2019, 04:42:07 PM »
How much would a taxi be from Antwerp to:
Schiphol airport?
Orly Airport?
Endhoven Airport?
Why would you not take the train?

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #264 on: November 19, 2019, 04:54:50 PM »
Why would you not take the train?
Ams is approx $200

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #265 on: November 20, 2019, 02:08:14 AM »
Why would you not take the train?
There are no trains that get in for a  6-7AM flight out.

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #266 on: November 20, 2019, 07:07:30 AM »
There are no trains that get in for a  6-7AM flight out.
It's at least a 2 hour drive, so once you add in 2 hours minimum getting to the airport before your flight, you're talking about leaving at 2AM - might as well go the night before.

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Re: Brussels, Belgium Master Thread
« Reply #267 on: November 20, 2019, 10:34:55 AM »
It's at least a 2 hour drive, so once you add in 2 hours minimum getting to the airport before your flight, you're talking about leaving at 2AM - might as well go the night before.
Not if you are in for a wedding.
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