The best days out across the border

If you want to go back and forth to a nice city for a day, you consider a destination near to home. Your first thoughts might go out to the Netherlands, but you might get to Antwerp faster than Groningen. Or perhaps Oberhausen is around the corner when compared to The Hague. Going abroad is not as far away as you may think. And there is so much to do! From Amsterdam Centraal travel time is less than 2.5 hours.

Antwerp

Antwerp is the destination across the border for culture, architecture, fashion and shopping. When you exit the station, you can immediately enjoy those pleasant little streets full of beautiful shops and museums or perhaps the zoo is at the top of your list.
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Mechelen

The historical centre is not only very beautiful, but also compact. This makes Mechelen the ideal city for a one-day city trip. It is also great for children, by the way. After shopping you can visit Technopolis!
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Leuven

In this university city you can walk from the Gothic town hall to M-Museum for a special combination of old and new art. A tour of the Artois brewery is a must-see in the beer capital of Belgium!
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Ghent

This city is just an open-air museum. Go back in time at Castle Gravensteen, or watch the skyline from the ancient Belfort. Even shopaholics and food fanatics will not be disappointed.
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Lille

The most Flemish city of France is worth a visit! In the city centre you can shop, enjoy food and drink and discover art and culture in museums such as the Musee d'Art Moderne and the Palais des Beaux Arts.
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Bad Bentheim

The almost 1,000 year-old castle on top of the mountain welcomes you from afar. The best way to explore this little town with cobbled streets and half-timbered houses is undoubtedly on foot. On our suggested walk, you will wander past all the sights!
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Oberhausen

Shopping fanatics immediately think of the gigantic shopping centre CentrO. Also visit Sea Life, the Bunker Museum or Castle Oberhausen. Or opt for ultimate family fun at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre.
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Dusseldorf

This city is a great destination if you want to shop to your heart’s content. Saunter over the famous Königsallee (or simply called Kö) or the Schadowstrasse. You should also visit the Altstadt: with all its museums and nightlife it is the beating heart of Dusseldorf.
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