I may have to cross post this. I am interested in views from local experts as well as relatively recent visitors. Hoping to do all 4 cities in early May- 2 well into middle age adults. We like to stay as close as possible to city center/historic center - that is not need to take a tram, bus, etc. to get there. And we will be traveling by train so no car parking needed.
1. Where to start? We fly into Brussels of course but I believe the airport is equally distant really from Antwerp and from Brussels--does it make sense to start in one of those two cities and end up in the other? With Ghent and Bruges in between?
2. Is it best to stay 2 nights Antwerp, 2 in Brussels, one each in Ghent and Bruges? Can do 2 in each say. The main reason for our trip is the new Red Star Line museum in Antwerp where I suspect we will spend at least half a day. I am not a beer drinker, nor is my husband, so we don't need to tour breweries and the like. But there seems to be lots to see/do in each city. And I do like chocolates.
3. I guess we should buy a 10 pack of tickets in advance. Sorry if I sound super naive I've just started planning.