- We took a bus from Amsterdam to Antwerp which took maybe two hours and cost €12.50 each whereas the high-speed train was €50 and the regional train was almost 3hrs and €25. The bus dropped us off right next to Antwerpen- Centraal!
- From the hotel we stayed at (Hampton by Hilton on points) it was about one mile to the river.
- You can walk everywhere here so don’t bother with public transport unless you just don’t want to walk!
Antwerp (Antwerpen is what the locals call it) is one of the diamond capitals of the world. There are diamond shops everywhere near the train station!
The old city is beautiful. Lots of history and many beautiful churches!
The Steen Castle is right on the river but it was under renovation while we were there!
The Belgian beers are amazing! You have to try them! Also, there is a local beef stew that is very tasty!
The people speak Flemish here which is a dialect of Dutch but most everyone spoke English, as well!
Brugee is one of those fairytale old cities you see in movies. Would highly recommend visiting this beautiful town!
If the weather permits, simply walk around and get lost in this city! It's magical, peaceful, and gorgeous!
Eat a Belgian waffle! We do not have a photo of one because it always disappeared too quick to snap one! 😋
Must Do's/See's in Bruges
2. Church of our Lady, St. Salvador’s Cathedral, Sint- Magdalena
NOTE: this cathedral has a swing in it you can get on! Super cool!
- We had slightly limited options in traveling from Bruges to Paris so we decided to take the FlixBus again which was a 4-hour trip! Ticket costs were around €10 each. (Tip: always have your passport handy when riding the Flixbus, because sometimes they ask to see it!)
- The train would have been 1 hour to Brussels and then another 1.5 hours to Paris but cost quite a bit more!
- The bus ride thru the French Countryside was very nice!