5 Day Trips from Brussels

Brussels, the vibrant heart of Europe, offers an array of captivating day trip destinations, each brimming with unique culture, history, and charm. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a foodie, there’s something for everyone just a short drive or train ride away. To make your travels hassle-free, consider using Luchthavenvervoer, which provides convenient and reliable transportation to these stunning locations.

1. Bruges: The Venice of the North

A mere hour’s train ride from Brussels, Bruges is a fairy-tale town with its picturesque canals, cobbled streets, and medieval architecture. Begin your day with a visit to the Markt, the bustling central square, where you can climb the Belfry for a panoramic view of the city. Don’t miss the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which houses a revered relic. A boat tour through the canals offers a unique perspective of the town’s charming façades. End your day with a visit to a chocolate shop for some delectable Belgian chocolates.


• Markt and Belfry

• Basilica of the Holy Blood

• Canal boat tour

• Chocolate shops

2. Ghent: A Medieval Marvel

Just a 40-minute train ride from Brussels, Ghent is a city where medieval meets modern. Start your visit at the impressive Gravensteen Castle, a well-preserved fortress with a fascinating history. Wander through the vibrant Patershol district, known for its narrow alleys and delightful eateries. The stunning St. Bavo’s Cathedral is home to the famous Ghent Altarpiece, a masterpiece of early Netherlandish painting. Take a leisurely stroll along the Graslei and Korenlei for scenic views of the medieval port.


• Gravensteen Castle

• Patershol district

• St. Bavo’s Cathedral

• Graslei and Korenlei

3. Antwerp: The Diamond Capital

An hour by train from Brussels, Antwerp is a bustling port city renowned for its vibrant fashion scene and rich cultural heritage. Begin your day at the magnificent Antwerp Central Station, a stunning piece of architecture. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, which houses works by Rubens. The Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) offers insights into the city’s maritime history. Don’t forget to explore the Diamond District, where you can learn about the city’s illustrious diamond trade.


• Antwerp Central Station

• Cathedral of Our Lady

• Museum aan de Stroom (MAS)

• Diamond District

4. Leuven: A University Town

Just 30 minutes by train from Brussels, Leuven is known for its prestigious university and lively atmosphere. Start your day at the Old Market Square, often referred to as the “longest bar in the world” due to its numerous cafes. Visit the beautiful University Library and the iconic Ladeuzeplein. The M-Museum offers an eclectic mix of contemporary and historical art. Don’t miss the chance to tour the Stella Artois Brewery, one of the oldest breweries in the world.


• Old Market Square

• University Library and Ladeuzeplein

• M-Museum

• Stella Artois Brewery

5. Waterloo: A Historic Battlefield

A short 30-minute drive from Brussels, Waterloo is the site of the famous 1815 battle where Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated. The Waterloo Battlefield is now a well-preserved historical site with several museums and monuments. Start your visit at the Lion’s Mound, which offers a panoramic view of the battlefield. The Wellington Museum provides insights into the Duke of Wellington’s role in the battle. For a more immersive experience, the Hougoumont Farm offers a multimedia presentation of the battle.


• Lion’s Mound

• Wellington Museum

• Hougoumont Farm

Travel with Ease: Luchthavenvervoer

To make the most of your day trips, Luchthavenvervoer provides reliable and convenient transportation services. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, their professional drivers ensure a comfortable journey to and from your destination. With Luchthavenvervoer, you can relax and enjoy your trip without the hassle of navigating public transportation or finding parking.

With so many incredible destinations just a short trip from Brussels, your European adventure awaits. Pack your bags, plan your itinerary, and let Luchthavenvervoer take care of the rest!

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