Looking for the beauty and renowned reputation of the Venice canals? Italy isn’t your only option. Try the picturesque cities of Ghent and Brugge, Belgium! Winding streams circle the city and opportune photos wait around every corner. With half the amount of tourists, you’ll have an easier time enjoying your vacation like you hoped.
HOW TO GET THERE:
I recommend flying into Brussels’ main airport. Although there is a Ryanair route to “Brussels Charleroi”, it’s an hour (and 17EURO) bus ride away from the city center of Brussels. The trains to Gent and Bruges are timely and well-priced.
They are spaced 25-30 minutes away from eachother, and you can reach each destination for 6-7EURO one-way. The city centers are a 15-25 minute walk away from each train station. Pay clost attention to the times of arrival if you don’t happen to speak French, as most of the train announcements aren’t in English. Every one of our trains was on point.
In Ghent, I can definitely recommend Hostel Uppelink, it’s in a perfect location and the hostel is classy and clean. In Brugge we stayed in Snuffel Backpacker Hostel— it has a great bar downstairs with cheap drinks, but you could get more “bang for your buck” elsewhere.