Benelux cities have the atmosphere of another age - Dutch and Flemish houses rising narrowly from the streets, belfries, old churches, cathedrals beguinages – mixed with some of the most modern art and shopping you could wish for. In Luxembourg, charming narrow streets in the old town wind up and down under the gaze of the fortress. And yet you’ll find the most modern, gleaming buildings fill in the skyline of cities throughout the vibrant cities of the Benelux.
Amsterdam, city of surprises, has streets thronged with tourists veering from one outstanding museum to the next, stopping for a snack of poffertjes (the cutest pancakes in the world) and sampling coffeehouse culture. The locals are allotted some space, too – and watch out, they’re the ones zooming around on bicycles! Tourists are slower because they’re always taking a 360 look around.
The Hague, royal city and seat of the government of the Netherlands, boasts that it is a city of art and culture equal to Amsterdam, and here’s the proof: the Mauritshuis, the Prince William V Gallery and the Bredius Museum exhibit some of the most beautiful works of Dutch and Flemish masters.
Brussels, capital of Belgium, seat of the European Union and NATO, revels in its marriage of the old and the new Europe. In the Grand’Place, built in flamboyant medieval Flemish style, sip one of 400 excellent Belgian beers, or wander the first-ever covered shopping arcade. Les Galleries de la Reine. Step into the past in the soaring nave in the cathedral of St. Michel et Gudule or relish the delicacy of Brussels’ Art Nouveau architecture. The science-fiction like Atomium is from the other end of the temporal spectrum and just as much a landmark of the Brussels’ cityscape.
The city of Antwerp is a goldmine: historic sites, a lively atmosphere, diamonds and fashion. How can you miss this? Choose from sites such as the Cathedral of Our Lady (the largest in Belgium), the house and atelier of the painter Rubens, and the Plantin-Moretus house, dedicated to the early history of the printed word.
Luxembourg is small, dramatic, opulent, and charming all at once. Intriguing narrow streets wind around a fortress gazing down on the spectacularly deep city park. Magnificently modern buildings punctuate the city, fueled by international and private banking centers. The arts scene is very lively, galleries abound, and festivals celebrating music, the performing arts, culture and gastronomy abound.
* The above prices do not include airport taxes 145 €, entrances to museums or monuments or optional excursions. Prices are subject to change.
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