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Belgium, Bruges and Amsterdam

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Belgium, Bruges and Amsterdam

We are planning a 10-15 day trip to Amsterdam and the Lowlands and looking for advice on renting an auto or taking the train. For a 10-15 day trip we are also looking for recommendations for other cities/countries to include, if any.

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Amsterdam
Amsterdam
North Holland Province, The Netherlands
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1. Re: Belgium, Bruges and Amsterdam

Whether you take trains or hire a car depends a lot on what sort of places you want to visit. If it's cities only, you would do better on the train - you can't park in the centre of Amsterdam and a car is problematic in the centre of Brussels, Brugge etc.

On the other hand, if you want to visit WWI sites near Ieper (Ypres) or WWII sites near Bastogne, or small villages in the Ardennes (as you put this in the forum for the Belgian province of Luxembourg), you would need a car. I suggest you look up some guidebooks or internet sites about Belgium/neighbouring countries to help you decide what you want to do.

You also need to consider whether you want to move on a lot, or base yourself somewhere and take trips out from there. Brussels is 2 hrs from Amsterdam by Thalys, 3 hrs by non-high-speed IC trains (both of which stop in Antwerp); 1 hr from Brugge, 40 mins from Ghent, 1h22 from Paris by high-speed Thalys (only possible train) and depending on choice of train, within easy reach of Aachen and Cologne in Germany.

Edited: 27 April 2012, 10:27
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Amsterdam
Amsterdam
North Holland Province, The Netherlands
Brussels
Brussels
Belgium
Ieper (Ypres)
Ieper (Ypres)
West Flanders Province, Belgium
Bastogne
Bastogne
Luxembourg Province, Belgium
The Ardennes
The Ardennes
Wallonia, Belgium
Belgium
Belgium
Europe
Antwerp
Antwerp
Antwerp Province, Belgium
Ghent
Ghent
East Flanders Province, Belgium
Paris
Paris
Ile-de-France, France
Aachen
Aachen
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Cologne
Cologne
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Germany
Germany
Europe
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2. Re: Belgium, Bruges and Amsterdam

Great advice! Thank you so very much for your guidance.

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