Brussels has a lucky position of being in the very center of Europe, which makes it that much easier to visit all other cities and make an exciting day trip (or weekend trip) out of it. Fun fact: did you know that Brussel sprouts have been grown in Belgium for over 700 years? But enough about that! If you need to get out of the city and explore new sceneries, here are 5 dreamy day trips from Brussels you absolutely have to take to see more of Belgium. Bonus point: You can travel to all of these destinations in 2 hours or less! Let's go on an adventure!
The first on our list is, of course, Bruges. This picturesque fairytale-like city is a must-visit for those looking for an Instagrammable experience. This medieval town will definitely charm you and make you feel completely refreshed. Trust us, there’s a reason why everyone who has ever lived in Brussels has been here. And the best part? You can easily reach Bruges in just one hour and make it a true day trip!
Must visits in Bruges: The Béguinage, Salvador Dalí Exhibition, Groeningemuseum, Canal tour
How to get to Bruges from Brussels: Take a direct train from Brussels Midi, Brussels Central or Brussels Nord
Travel time: 1hr 5min
Leuven might not be on the list of many, but this unique city is full of students - it was also rated as one of the best cities for an Erasmus student experience. With that in mind, you can also find plenty of places to relax for a day, including large parks, a medieval village, and a botanical garden. You’ll be surrounded by adventure as soon as you step out of the train station. While small, Leuven offers a perfect day trip from Brussels!
Must visits in Leuven: Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, Old Market Square, Groot Begijnhof,
How to get to Leuven from Brussels: Take a direct train from Bruxelles-Midi.
Travel time: 30min
Now we’re talking! Central Europe might be cold and the weather might not be ideal, but if you’re missing the sound of the ocean, taking a walk down the beach for a few hours can definitely do the job. De Haan is best known as a beach resort, but many don’t even know that one of its residents was actually the smartest person on the planet. That’s right, Albert Einstein lived here for at least a couple of months.
Must visits in De Haan: The beach. Do we really need anything else?
How to get to De Haan from Brussels: Bruxelles-Central, step off at Oostende Station
Travel time: 2hrs
Dinant is a small city with a unique position. It features a picturesque cliff, surrounded by River Meuse. The city’s origin dates back to 10th century and it’s yet another must-visit for those who need some new Instagram shots. And if that doesn’t do it for you, it also features an awesome castle on top of that cliff from where you can take some of the best pictures ever, or take a river cruise to admire it from below. Sold!
Must visits in Dinant: La Citadelle de Dinant, Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge,Collegiale Notre-Dame, Parc de Furfooz
How to get to Dinant from Brussels: Bruxelles-Luxembourg - Dinant
Travel time: 1hr 19min
Ghent is a port city that’s best known for its stunning architecture and - surprisingly - student nightlife. The place is buzzing with students, which means there’s always something to do or a party to attend. But if that’s not your thing, you should definitely get a feel of this magical medieval city. No wonder it’s been named ‘Belgium’s best kept secret.’
Must visits in Ghent: Ghent's Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, Ghent City Museum, Graslei and Korenlei
How to get to Ghent from Brussels: Direct train from Bruxelles-Midi to Gent St Pieters
Travel time: 45min
Are you going to live in Brussels? Check out these blog posts to learn more about this magical city!