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Belgium Itinerary

Our Belgium itinerary includes everything you’d want to find in a small western European country. Visit quaint streets and city squares surrounded by tall guild houses, gothic churches and castles. Sample the fine Belgian beers and chocolates along the way as well as getting to know the locals.

When you travel through Belgium with a Eurail Benelux Pass, the railway networks of the Netherlands and Luxembourg are also included. For this reason we’ve added a stop in Luxembourg City to this itinerary. Try combining this trip with our brilliant Netherlands itinerary!

Itinerary highlights

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Brussels, Belgium

Kickstart your Belgium itinerary in the country's capital and HQ of the European Union (EU). This is a city that has something for everyone. Marvel at the prestigious Grand Place and King’s House (Maison du Roi) or get down with the friendly folks in the so-called brown cafés - local bars that serve every Belgian beer imaginable. Delirium Café has a world record 3,000 beers to choose from.

Brussels’ cultural scene spoils you for choice. Natural sciences, military history, musical instruments, and comic strips are all represented by specialist museums. For a wacky photo opportunity, visit the Atomium, a huge atom-shaped structure. The interior of the building is explorable and offers panoramic views of the city.

Eurail passholders can get a 10% discount on stays at Brussels’ Meininger Hotel.
Night panorama of the Grand Place in Brussels

From Brussels to Bruges

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0h57m

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  • Brussels, Belgium

    Bruxelles-Midi / Brussel-Zuid

  • 0h 57m
  • Bruges, Belgium

    Brugge

Bruges, Belgium

If you love history and romance, the medieval city of Bruges is sure to charm you. Take the Legends of Bruges free walking tour to discover the city’s beauty on foot. Alternatively, jump into a horse-drawn carriage or ride a boat along the Dijver Canal for a completely different view of the city.

Whether among the hustle and bustle of the architecturally stunning Market Square or within the peaceful walls of Begijnhof courtyard, wandering around Bruges feels like you’ve traveled back in time to the Middle Ages.

Medieval buildings beside the Dijver Canal, Bruges

From Bruges to Ghent

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0h34m

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  • Bruges, Belgium

    Brugge

  • 0h 34m
  • Ghent, Belgium

    Gent Dampoort

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. The city view from Ghent Belfry is the most picturesque in the country. Within walking distance from the belfry, you can gaze upon famous Flemish art within the Gothic St. Bavo Cathedral or enjoy a contemporary theater production at the National Theater.

Learn about how inhabitants of 12th century Ghent were tortured at the Castle of the Counts (Gravensteen) and discover how more recent generations lived at the Huis van Alijn museum. End a day of sightseeing sipping on one of 200 Belgian gins at 't Dreupelkot, a specialist genever bar whose bearded owner is a local celebrity!

View of the Graslei in Ghent

From Ghent to Antwerp

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0h48m

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  • Ghent, Belgium

    Gent Dampoort

  • 0h 48m
  • Antwerp, Belgium

    Antwerpen Centraal

Antwerp, Belgium

The moment you arrive at Antwerp Central Station, which brilliantly blends contemporary and historic architecture, you’ll want to delve deeper into this intriguing city. Right beside the station is the Antwerp Zoo, one of the world’s oldest zoos. On the other side you’ll find the city’s lucrative Diamond Quarter.

Head to the City Hall and Brabo Fountain at the Great Market Square (Grote Markt) and see modern shopping malls and high street shops transform into cool jazz cafés and well-stocked pubs. On the way you can take a look inside the former home and studio of prominent Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens.

Brabo fountain on the Great Market Square, Antwerp

From Antwerp to Luxembourg City

Travel time:

3h43m

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  • Antwerp, Belgium

    Antwerpen Centraal

  • 0h 36m
  • Brussels, Belgium

    Bruxelles-Nord / Brussel-Noord

  • 3h 7m
  • Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

    Luxembourg Gare Central

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

The final stop in this Belgium itinerary is actually in Luxembourg! Luxembourg City fascinates on every level – quite literally. Situated across a deep gorge, an elevator connects its exquisite upper town with Grund, the edgier, low-lying area of the city. Venture a further 131 feet below to explore the Bock Casemates, an extensive network of underground tunnels dating from the 17th century.

Check out the Grand-Ducal Palace and modern art museum, or wander around relics of the city’s Old Quarters and fortifications. With numerous bridges across the river and the Chemin de la Corniche, dubbed Europe’s most beautiful balcony, there are plenty of opportunities to take in the incredible scenery.

The Alzette River and Grund district of Luxembourg City

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