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9 days to visit 3 cities

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9 days to visit 3 cities


We are a small group of 4 and will be arriving in Amsterdam from Kuala Lumpur on 8 April. We have 9 days altogtehr and would like to visit 3 european cities (except for Paris, we've been there). We also plan to visit kukenholf for the tulips. Would 3 days A,sterdam, 3 days brussels and 3 days berlin be good ? Or, is Amsterdam, Switzerland and Germany doable in the 9 days?

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1. Re: 9 days to visit 3 cities

You can get around Europe cheaply and easily using budget airlines, so many options are possible.

I know we're hard on Brussels here, but 3 days in Belgium would be better spent in Ghent, Antwerpen or Brugge with day trips to explore. Would you consider renting a car and visiting the Ardennes maybe?

My wife and I spent 3 nights in Berlin and we felt that we short-changed the place. 4 or 5 nights would have been better.

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2. Re: 9 days to visit 3 cities

Just asking - would you consider cutting back to 2 cities? Think you would enjoy it more.

Backing up what Pala said, I would stay in Amsterdam & Brugge and visit Ghent & Antwerp on day trips.

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3. Re: 9 days to visit 3 cities

I would stick to 2 Cities too but mine would be Amsterdam & Brussels.

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4. Re: 9 days to visit 3 cities

I would also recommend staying in the Low Countries. You will spend enough time on planes to and from Malaysia. In the Netherlands, I believe two days for Amsterdam would be the minimum, and I'd recommend getting out to either Haarlem, Alkmaar, Zaandam (Zaanse Schans) or further to The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Rotterdam, Utrecht, s'Hertogenbosch to get a broader taste of the Netherlands, according to what you will find most interesting.

I also agree you might want to spread out your time in Belgium between more than just Brussels. I believe staying in Antwerp you reasonably well-connected to the rest of Belgium:

1. The Intercity trains from the Netherlands to Belgium as well as the Thalys stop in Antwerp

2. There are direct trains from Antwerp to Ghent, Brugge and Brussels

3. There are direct connections to both Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) and Zaventem (Brussels Airport)

There are also hotels at reasonable places to be found very close to the central station in Antwerp.

Edited: 4:43 pm, March 16, 2013
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