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Browse our articles and learn what destinations are recommended for fine dining, shopping, culture, family-friendly trips and much more. Find out what not to miss at our most popular destinations as well as where to go should you want to travel off the beaten track.
We’ll also give you a range of useful tips on what to do before, while and after your journey so you’ll get the most out of each trip.
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Board the TGV at the busy Brussels South station on your way to Disneyland®Paris! With your back resting comfortably in the seat, the scenery shoots past you. After a train ride of less than an hour and a half, you will enter a world full of magic.
Whether you are a long-standing vegan or a flexitarian on the lookout for top eateries and travel inspiration, discover our Top 10 vegan-friendly cities – from Berlin, the ‘vegan capital of Europe’, to Ghent, from Strasbourg to Amsterdam.
The late summer is the perfect time to take some time out and walk through all the beauty that Europe has to offer. We sometimes forget how rich the European landscape is. That's why we give you 5 tips to discover our beautiful continent... By train, of course!
Are you looking for some original destinations for family excursions? Then why not explore the regions just beyond the Belgian border? ;-) Within a stone's throw from Brussels, the cities of Lille, Rotterdam or Aachen – and even Paris – all offer a welcome day out for the whole family.
Many famous novels have narratives that unfold in major European cities. Next time you're planning a city trip by train, make sure to take a book with you – or simply stay at home, leaf through the pages and daydream about your next visit to one of these fantastic cities.
We're here to help you travel even when you have to stay at home. This time, you'll be taking a romantic, artistic tour from your sofa. We've put together a list of 5 beautiful paintings by European artists. The theme? Love, of course.
Fancy giving your taste buds and your eyes a treat during your next getaway in France? Discover our selection of culinary destinations. Prepare yourself for a journey through a world of flavours, enjoying local specialities and stopping off at prestigious restaurants.
Surprise yourself and your family members with these delicious recipes from all over Europe. Transform your house into an Austrian coffee house, a cosy French brasserie, ... To find out more, read our blog article.
People are being advised to stay at home this Christmas and New Year rather than heading abroad. Still, that doesn't mean we can't take a peek at how other cities around Europe are getting into the festive spirit during this strange year. Get on board with the festivities in our blog article.
Where should you start with skiing holidays? Costs can escalate quickly, and keeping everyone happy is a huge challenge. Which resort should you choose? What do you want to do? A half-day skiing? Here are some of our tips and tricks to help you make your budget go further.
The festive season brings its magic, giving the impression that time has stopped for a moment. In Paris, the Christmas market that used to stretch over the Champs Elysées has now moved to the Jardin des Tuileries. Follow the guide!
You don’t have to travel to the other end of the world to discover beautiful destinations and create unforgettable memories. There are just as many unmissable cities in Europe! Discover our 15-day itinerary.
A budget-friendly city break? The luxury city of Bordeaux does not immediately spring to mind. Nevertheless, it is also possible to find a good compromise between indulging and spending money here. We show you how!
Lyon is a must-visit destination if you love culture and good food :-) And what’s more: a city break to Lyon doesn’t cost as much as you may think. Follow our tips and have a great holiday from only €80 per day.
5 wonderful days in Marseille, 4 nights in charming accommodation, delicious food and a visit to the city's highlights? You don't need a huge budget for this. Simply follow our tips and experience colourful Marseille for just €60 a day – all-inclusive ;-)
The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House are but a few of Amsterdam’s top-rated places, but even if you’re not willing to spend money, there's a range of free activities to choose from.
Bordeaux, a world wine capital wrapped around the Garonne river, is an ideal destination for a (long) weekend. Here, we list 10 essential activities guaranteed to make you want to book your tickets ;-) Follow our guide!
When people talk about the Netherlands, they immediately think of large cities such as Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Yet there are many other surprising cities to be found in the Netherlands, including Eindhoven. Discover 10 good reasons to visit the city.
Rebuilt after the war, Rotterdam has emerged as a truly modern city. Some like the charm of the cobbled streets and canals while others appreciate its discipline and modernity. One thing is certain: Rotterdam is an up-and-coming destination for a city break.
From Brussels (Midi/Zuid) you can reach down-town hedonistic Amsterdam in less than two hours by Thalys or Eurostar. It's a fun destination for families, whether you go for a day trip, a weekend or longer.
From its defining modern skyline to its half-timbered houses and from bustling metropole to tranquil green spaces: Frankfurt am Main boasts a thriving diversity. Discover the top 10 activities in Frankfurt.
Follow us on a trip of discovery through the effervescent metropolis on the Rhein. Look back on 2,000 years of history in Cologne, discover a trendsetting art and gay scene and enjoy local specialities in countless breweries. Your outing to Cologne will certainly be a unique experience!
Culturally rich and varied, Lille is a city full of wonder and surprises, at the intersection of the capitals of London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. Whether you decide to pop over for a few hours or spend a few days there, here are some ideas for things to do and iconic places you won't want to miss.
Countless museums of all kinds, lush urban parks, numerous shops and culinary addresses: no two visits to London are ever the same. Here are a few recommendations for your (first) getaway to the British capital.
Why not treat yourself to a getaway in Kent, located only a few hours from Brussels, Lille and even Paris. Discover this charming county: invigorating countryside, traditional towns and villages and authentic cuisine.
Luxembourg City stands at the confluence of two rivers, the Alzette and the Pétrusse, and is an incredibly cosmopolitan city. Explore the range of tourist attractions in this lively bustling city, where a rich heritage rubs shoulders with modernity.
Strasbourg is the ideal destination for a rewarding city break. With French and German influences, medieval and modern architecture and haute cuisine served in generous portions, the city is home to a real melting pot of European cultures.
3 ideal weekend city trips less than 2 hours away from Belgium
Are you looking for a convenient city trip in France, the Netherlands or Germany? We've selected Lille, Rotterdam and Aachen for quick one-day or weekend getaways within less than 2 hours from Belgium.
The Hague is a city with many faces. You will be visiting to experience a place of culture. After all, there are museums to suit everyone's interests. And is there a better time than the Year of Rembrandt (2019) to visit the famous Mauritshuis?
Plan ahead, take advantage of offers, travel in groups... We'll show you how to find the best fares for your train journey. Follow our tips and you'll find out that train travel doesn't have to be expensive.
Set out to explore cities in the South of France, investigate the murders of the infamous Jack the Ripper or earn well-deserved fame in Ulm's historic Old Town. Relive the golden age of railways and test your general knowledge about travel. Discover our top 5 board games for travelling while staying at home.
Just like destinations around the globe, travellers come in all shapes and sizes. Are you unsure where to go next in Europe? Find out which city is your match according to your interest(s)… and off you go!
Discover film locations in Europe. We have made a list of 6 locations of animated films that you can visit in real life. If you are unable to travel at the moment, why not watch the animated film and add the location to your bucket list?
Explore our neighbouring countries with Interrail/Eurail
Visit the neighbours with Interrail/Eurail. This is a trip that'll take you from Belgium all the way to Switzerland with stops in the Netherlands and Germany. On your way back, Luxembourg awaits in all its natural green glory. This is an adventure that's close to home and well worth the effort.
There are so many destinations in Europe not to be missed, so many places to be visited and many experiences to be had… Here are some monuments, activities and landmarks you should definitely see once in a lifetime. Bon voyage!
Thanks to the Nighjet night train, travel directly from Brussels to Austria. Can't wait to experience travel on an overnight train? Neither can we! That's why we've made a list of questions to help you get started.
Are you up for an adventure? Why not take a trip on a night train? We present seven overnight routes through Europe – you could wake up the next morning in the deep south, the far north or even Russia :)
Does this sound familiar? There are heaps of places you'd like to see and things you'd love to do, but your budget will only stretch to a 'staycation'. If that's you, don't worry. We've put together a list of six fantastic European destinations that won't break the bank.
While Halloween is much bigger in the United States, there are quite a few places in Europe, as well, that will make your skin crawl, from haunted mansions to churches adorned with skeletons and vast underground labyrinths.
Eight tips for making your next business trip a success
Are you heading to a conference, networking event or business meeting? Business travel can be rather stressful or even exhausting. How to make your trip as efficient and enjoyable as possible? Simply take in these 8 tips for a successful business journey!
All around the world, you’ll find World Heritage Sites protected by UNESCO: places, landmarks and areas of outstanding cultural or natural beauty. Discover the most unforgettable UNESCO sites in Europe.
Europe’s most famous museums, like the Louvre and the British Museum, are a must-see if you love arts. But if you’re up for something different and off-beat, make sure you check out these 5 unusual museums in Europe!
Bordeaux is the city of wine, but you can also discover a lot of museums in the city. It's not always easy to pick the right museum, especially when you don't have much time to spend in the city. Here you can find our 5 favorite museums. Enjoy!
You spend the entire year at full tilt, working hard at the office or school, and so by the time summer comes round you'll really deserve a holiday! Don't worry, we have chosen three destinations in France for you that will make the entire clan happy, from the littlest to the biggest!
You like the history, culture and culinary traditions of the old port city of Marseille. Not to mention the glorious sun, which doesn't leave its place in the sky. But can Marseille also win over your kids?
Who says that winter is the greyest time of year? The streets of Europe's major cities are now awash in radiant colours emitted by vibrant light installations. Come and take a tour of the most spectacular light festivals on the continent.
Get in on the fun at Europe's Carnival celebrations
As winter comes to a close, carnivals spread good cheer and amusement. It's no different in Europe. This is the time when some cities are partying en masse, replete with lively jesters and a host of masquerade balls. If you're looking for a delightful travel experience, be sure to visit one of these six carnivals.
The magic of Christmas can always be found in Germany – so open your senses to a feast of sights, smells and emotions! Original decorations, spiced fragrances and drinks to warm the body and soul are the perfect recipe for a successful Christmas market. And Germany has long since proved itself to be a master of the art!
It's time to stop in Eastern Europe to explore some real treasures of nature. From Slovenia, through Croatia and Albania and into Hungary - let's head for Lakes Bled, Bohinj, Plitvice, Ohrid and Balaton.
Whatever the season, it always feels good to take a walk along the paths of a park or botanical garden. But spring is clearly the best time of year to plan a trip that takes in the wonder of nature's renewal. With this in mind, we have put together a little tour of Europe's parks and gardens for you.
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