3 ideal city trips less than 2 hours away from Belgium3 ideal city trips less than 2 hours away from Belgium

Escape the hustle and bustle and discover three charming cities that are just a short train ride away from Belgium. If you want to explore and relax, Lille, Rotterdam 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 €9 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.

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Rotterdam: a vibrant getaway, only 30 min. away from Antwerp

Rotterdam is one of the most thrilling cities in the Netherlands. It has a modern architectural style, a vibrant cultural scene, and a busy harbor.

Explore the city and discover its uniqueness. Visit the Cube Houses, famous for their iconic architecture. Discover the Markthal, renowned for its cutting-edge design. Enjoy the bustling nightlife and savor the world-class dining options.

Rotterdam by train

Both Thalys high speed trains and InterCity Netherlands trains frequently connect Brussels and Antwerp to Rotterdam. Fares may vary according to train occupancy and how much time in advance you book your tickets. But anyway, children under 12 years accompanied by an adult can travel for free on the Intercity Netherlands train!

A unique local experience

Rotterdam is a city of water, and one of the most unique ways to get around is by taking a water taxi. These small boats operate like taxis and offer a fun and scenic way to explore the city's waterways.

Where to have lunch?

Sample traditional Afghan cuisine (with a modern twist) at Kite restaurant on Westblaak. Besides delicious dishes, you can also enjoy delectably refreshing cocktails. Sit back and relax.

Where to take a memorable picture?

Rotterdam Noord was for a long time a neglected part of the city. Since the official opening of De Luchtsingel in 2015, this changed. A photo on this striking yellow pedestrian bridge will cbring some colour to your Instagram wall!


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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 (Thalys 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.

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