If you want a day trip out of Amsterdam, then head to some great destinations in Belgium. Like Bruges with its great canals, soaring Gothic churches and rows of imposing merchants’ houses. The Castle of the Counts, Basilica of the Holy Blood and the unparalleled collection of Flemish Primitive art in the Groeninge Museum make this a well-rounded cultural crash course.
The charms of nearby Ghent represent a perfect blend of old and new, with its beautiful churches and public buildings. Meanwhile the country’s capital Brussels, doesn’t skimp on breathtaking sights either, presenting a showcase of styles from early medieval to the clean modern lines.
Finally Antwerp, is the sophisticated, self-confident centrepiece of Flemish Belgium. The focal point of the world’s diamond trade also has its fair share of artistic jewels, including Rubens’ house.