5 ideal city trips across the Belgian border5 ideal city trips across the Belgian border

Escape the hustle and bustle and discover 5 charming cities that are just a short train ride away from Belgium. If you want to explore and relax, Lille, Maastricht, Luxembourg, Roosendaal and Aachen are great destinations for a city trip. You can visit for a day or a weekend getaway.

Lille : a convenient trip just 35 min. away from Brussels

Experience the charm of Lille, a gem in northern France, which offers a blend of history, art, and culture. Take a stroll through the charming streets of the Old Town, visit the Palais des Beaux-Arts and admire its grandeur. Don't forget to check out the impressive Lille Cathedral.

Lille by train

Lille is easily accessible from Brussels in only 35 minutes thanks to TGV INOUI. Youngsters younger than 26 may also enjoy a special reduced fare of only €12* each way when booking 1 to 5 days ahead. Besides, cross-border Intercity trains will take you to Lille multiple times a day from several cities in Belgium with a change in Kortrijk or Tournai.

A unique local experience

Head to La Piscine museum located in the nearby city of Roubaix (10 min. away by train).

This museum is housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco swimming pool. It boasts a stunning collection of art and design, and hosts regular exhibitions and events.

Where to have lunch?

After exploring the city, head to Le Barbue d'Anvers for a delicious meal. This cozy restaurant serves up traditional cuisine with a modern twist, and is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Where to take a memorable picture?

Head to the Palais Rihour for an Instagram-worthy photo. This stunning Gothic-style building is located in the heart of the city. The colorful facade and intricate detailing make for a beautiful backdrop.

Ready to depart from Brussels? Travel from € 19,00a

Maastricht in less than 2 hours from Brussels 

As you cross the border into the Netherlands, Maastricht welcomes you with its blend of tradition and modernity.

The charming cobblestone streets, majestic historic buildings, and lively squares greet you around every corner and exude timeless elegance.  

Maastricht by train

Maastricht is serviced by the Hasselt-Liège-Maastricht S train. To get to Hasselt or Liège, simply take the Belgian national trains from your nearest station! 

A unique local experience

Delve into the mysterious underground world of Maastricht by visiting the Caves of St. Pietersberg hill. Embark on a guided tour that takes you deep into the caves, where you'll discover fascinating rock formations, hidden corridors, and captivating stories from the city's past. 

Where to have lunch?

Savor the authentic flavors of Maastricht at Café Sjiek, a beloved local eatery renowned for its hearty, traditional cuisine. 

Where to take a memorable picture?

Capture a vibrant moment in the heart of Maastricht at Vrijthof Square. This bustling plaza, surrounded by magnificent historical buildings, offers a lively atmosphere.

Ready to depart from Brussels? Travel from € 17,50b

Aachen, an intimate staycation 21 min. away from Liège

Aachen is a picturesque city. It is steeped in history. Its Romanesque architecture is stunning. It has historic hot springs as well as a rich cultural heritage to explore.

Take a stroll through the charming Old Town and marvel at the impressive Aachen Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture. Pay a visit to Theater Aachen, a beautiful venue hosting a range of performances throughout the year. Whether you are looking for a concert or cultural event, you will find something to your taste.

Aachen by train

Choose between high-speed trains (Eurostar or ICE) or regional cross-border trains to get from your home all the way to the heart of Aachen!

A unique local experience

Visit the Carolus Thermen, a historic thermal spa located in the heart of the city. Here you can soak in the naturally heated mineral waters and indulge in a range of spa treatments.

Where to have lunch?

After your spa experience, head to Zum Goldenen Einhorn for a traditional German meal. This cozy restaurant serves up hearty dishes like schnitzel and sauerbraten, and is a favorite among locals.

Where to take a memorable picture?

Here we are not talking about one, but several spots in the city. Take up the challenge and take a selfie at the city's many fountains. Elisenbrunnen, Puppenbrunnen, Karlsbrunnen are the most famous, but there are even more to admire in the city! Ideal for a carousel on your wall.

Ready to depart from Liège? Travel from € 7,60b

Luxembourg, indulge in ancient charm 2h02 away from Namur 

Luxembourg, the capital city of the eponymous country, will sweep you off your feet with its enchanting blend of ancient beauty and cosmopolitan flair

The city's historic fortifications, perched atop rocky cliffs, create a breathtaking sight as you enter its charming streets. 

Luxemburg by train

InterCity trains bring you from many different cities in Belgium all the way to Luxemburg every hour of the day.  

A unique local experience

Step back in time and explore the intriguing Bock Casemates. These underground fortresses immerse you in a bygone era, unveiling the city's storied past. 

Where to have lunch?

Indulge in a gastronomic delight at Michelin-starred Mosconi. This culinary gem revisits Italian flavors, tantalizing your taste buds with every bite. 

Where to take a memorable picture?

Don't miss Grund, a picturesque neighborhood nestled along the Alzette River. Its colorful houses, charming bridges, and cascading waterfalls create an idyllic setting for capturing picture-perfect memories. 

Ready to depart from Namur? Travel from € 17,10b

Roosendaal less than 1 hour from Antwerp

Roosendaal is a city nestled on the other side of the border with the Netherlands that is very much appreciated by shopaholics. Known for its blend of historical charm and picturesque surroundings, the city has also countless walking and cycling routes.

Roosendaal by train

Easily accessible from Puurs or Antwerp, Roosendaal is just a short train ride away. Take a national train in Antwerp Centraal and reach your destination in just 0h48. Departing on Friday or Saturday? Shop a Weekend Ticket for a return journey in the same weekend and enjoy 30% off a Standard Ticket.

A unique local experience

Whether you like big retail chains, designer brands or independent shops, Roosendaal has a rich and diverse offer. True shopaholics can indulge in a trio of shopping centres and numerous shopping streets. Just outside the centre is Designer Outlet Roosendaal, where you can shop designer brands at discounts of up to -70%!

Where to have lunch?

Make sure to book a table at restaurant Sistermans -located just opposite the train station- which is part of Hotel Central. Refinement, creativity and surprise are the key words that will describe your experience in one of the finest restaurants in Roosendaal.

Where to take a memorable picture?

Stroll in Paterstuin, the garden at the rear of Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk. It’s a quiet hidden gem perfect to recharge your batteries and snap some pictures in a green setting with big trees and a small pond.

Ready to depart from Antwerp? Travel from € 8,60c

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