From romantic strolls around the beautiful city of Bruges to eating chocolate in Brussels and partying the night away in Antwerp, Belgium is waiting to be discovered.
With Eurostar trains to Brussels leaving up to 10 times a day, start your weekend break or longer holiday in London or Kent and arrive rested and raring to go, right in the heart of the city.
Beer, waffles, chocolate and culture, and only 2 hrs from London by train.
Visit one of the prettiest towns in Europe and you won't be disappointed, whatever the time of year.
The coolest town in Belgium is well worth a shopping trip or a foodie break.
Only a 30 minutes train ride from Brussels, explore Ghent in all of its medieval glory for a weekend break.
Any Belgian Station tickets take you right through from London on one ticket. It's up to you where you go – just hop on a local train when you get to Brussels and go exploring. You'll see the departure times on the board in the main hall at Brussels Midi/Zuid station, but there’s no need to rush your connection. If you carry on within 24 hours, you can spend a little time in Brussels en route and, on the way home, you can arrive in Brussels any time within 24 hours of your Eurostar departure. Perfect for a moules-frites pit stop to break up the journey.
Why not use Brussels as your base, hire a car, and go exploring on some fun day trips within a couple of hours' drive of the city?
A must-see for history fans, Ypres is the perfect base for exploring the World War I battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of West Flanders. The city, just under two hours by train from Brussels Midi, was once a thriving medieval trading centre. It was largely destroyed during the war but its picturesque market square and Cloth Hall have since been restored to their former glory. Among the reminders of Ypres' sombre past you’ll find plenty of light relief, too: quirky eateries, a small brewery in the ancient city walls, and even a triennial cat festival that sees visitors and locals parade the streets dressed up as cats.
The charming university town of Leuven is one of Belgium’s best-kept secrets. Only 30 minutes by train from Brussels Midi, it’s ideal for a weekend escape. Its cobblestoned beguinages - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - are a delight to explore on foot. Marvel at the elaborately decorated Town Hall, admire the wooden reading room of the University Library, and meet Leuven’s answer to Manneken Pis, Fonske, who pours water (or beer) straight into his open cranium. If you feel thirsty after that, join the students at ‘the world’s longest bar’, a row of pubs overlooking the Market Square.
Namur, the pretty and compact capital of Wallonia, is just over an hour from Brussels Midi by train. Situated between the rivers Sambre and Meuse, it is best known for its impressive medieval citadel offering panoramic views of the city. The old town has something for everyone, from wine bars and vintage shops to brasseries and offbeat museums. On Saturdays a large market takes over the streets, so leave enough room in your bag for souvenirs and local delicacies. Try some Bietrumé, soft caramel made with cream and roasted hazelnuts.
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