Has anyone ever been to Belgium?? I am in love with the idea of going!

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Hi! I live in Europe and have been to Belgium a few times. I personally do not like it there and would have rather never gone again if I could. Havent been to Ghent though, have been to Brussels, Antwerp and Hasselt and a few other small towns. If i were you I would choose the Netherlands. The small towns there are much more charming and romantic, the food is nicer and the people much more fun! =)))

 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

My BFF and I went to Brussels a couple of years ago for the weekend. We had a great time!! Drank so many amazing beers, ate chocolate and waffles, shopped, did some historical things. Everyone tells me that next time I need to take the train to Bruges. Apparently its a short trip from Brussels and is a cool medieval kind of place. 

Anyway, I woud recommend it! 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I spent a day in Bruges last year and loved it! It’s absolutely beautiful!! I would recommend it as a very romantic place for a day or two. Maybe no longer than that. But then your a short trip to Brussels and Amsterdam is only a few hours away as well which is absolutely one of my favourite cities in the world!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

ChicoryCreek:  I live in Brugge (Bruges), Belgium. I’ve been here for 1.5 years now and visited before moving. Cities I would recommend visiting: Brugge, Gent, Antwerp, Brussels. Antwerp is great for shopping, restaurants, and sight seeing. Gent is just pretty – the architecture. Brussels is fairly big and full of majority of the higher end shopping and food. I’m not really sure what there is to see there otherwise because I haven’t spent a lot of time there. And then there is Brugge. I would say the things I wanted to do and the things I see all the tourists doing here are one in the same. I did the boat tour on the river. I didn’t do the horse carriage tour, but that’s super popular. I paid a lot of money to sit at the restaurants in town and people watch while I ate. I have had several kinds of waffles and pancakes. The clock tower is a big attraction. You can climb to the top and look over the city. Many people do walking tours and bike tours around the city and along the trails/rivers. There are a lot of really good restaurants and some which are not that great and cost too much. Something you should really prepare for is the cost for food and drinks. Also the fact that you will rarely get ice in your drink. AND the drinks are tiny in comparison to what you get in the US. The architecture is gorgeous. I see new things every day. You can hop a quick train (about 10-15 minutes) to Oostende and see the Belgian beaches. There is also a ton of great shopping and food at the coast. Oh – and there is a casino there as well. If you’re going to have your honeymoon there, maybe you’ll want to visit some of the spas or do something like that as a couple. One thing to keep in mind is how close you will be to the surrounding countries. You can hop a train to most places (Amsterdam or Paris good choices).

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  soontobebe. Reason: grammar check!
Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

ChicoryCreek:  I studied abroad there for a semester! I was in Brussels, but visited many of the major cities – Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Oostende. I LOVED it! Let me know if you have any specific questions. The food there is soooo good! The archetecture is gorgeous and the people for the most part are friendly.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had a weekend road trip to Bruges a couple of years ago with a big bunch of friends. It was great fun. Lovely place to wander around. Amazing chocolates 😉 as soontobebe:  says people watching the restaurants is great. As are the fabulous selection of Beers (just loved the one that came in a stand!). We also went to a steak restaurant while we were there. I forget the name but it was cooked indoors on a kind of open fire and was delicious, not too expensive and huge quantities. I’d happily return to Belgium again, either for Bruges or to try somewhere different….but then for me it is so, so easy with eurotunnel/star.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

ChicoryCreek:  yes, I thought it was beautiful : ). I went to Brussels and it is quite small – the main area (the Grand Place) is like a big square with restaurants, bars etc. Delirium is a really fun absinthe and beer bar. The food is really good. There are very affordable yet nice hostels (we stayed in one that was like a hotel and was only $40 a night!). It’s very romantic at night because they light up the square with tons of christmas lights. Obviously the chocolate is delicious – but get the stuff sold in regular stores instead of speciality chocolate shops. It’s the best!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I studied abroad near Belgium and visited a ton of places there.  Bruges is a must-see place.  Absolutely gorgeous scenery and tons of charm.  It’s referred to as the Venice of the north, so that gives you an idea of how picturesque it is.  There are a ton of cute bed and breakfasts there which are perfect for couples.  One attraction I loved in Bruges was the De Halve Maan brewery, which is right in the city center.  But really, all of the beer in that country is amazing.  Ghent and Antwerp are also a lot of fun.  Brussels is worth a stop if you’re going to other parts of Belgium, but honestly, I thought it got boring quickly.  I would personally not spend more than 1 night in Brussels.  If you’re in Europe for an extended time and want to go beyond Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg would be easy stops to make too.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

mrs2014:  Funny, I’d say the exact opposite 🙂 I did a two month internship in Brussels when I was in college and spent most of my weekends visiting cities and towns in the Low Countries. I sincerely prefered Belgium to the Netherlands! OP, I think Belgium’s definitely worth a visit. But if you’re coming from far away, why not do a tour around Benelux and make a trip of it?

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Personally I love Belgium. Brussels is nice but Bruges and Ghent are amazing at Christmas time with their decorations and markets which is when I would recommend visiting. They are also lovely in summer but December is really when Belgium comes alive to me- Beware it can get cold. Luxembourg is okay but very very small, I would visit Paris over Luxembourg though. Amsterdam is fantastic! Make sure to try some poffertjes! 

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