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Off The Beaten Path: Amsterdam and Brussels

Vacation Packages | Travel Impressions | Bobbi Dempsey | August 05, 2016

Off The Beaten Path: Amsterdam and Brussels

PHOTO: The Harvest, one of many brilliant works you will see at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. (Courtesy Van Gogh Museum)

If you want to experience all of the charm, culture and welcoming atmosphere that Europe has to offer, Brussels and Amsterdam are two destinations that should be at the top of your list.

Each city has countless attractions and activities that will be sure to appeal to you, so combining them both into one trip is virtually a guarantee for an exciting and unforgettable adventure – and Travel Impressions does just that.

Upon arriving in Amsterdam, one of the first things you might want to do is check out the canals. That’s a great way to tour the city, but you will also want to explore all of the quaint streets and alleyways. Get an up-close look at the area scenery and travel like a local when you take a bike tour of the city. A dinner cruise is also a popular option to get a unique view of the city from the vantage point of the water.

Among the highlights you won’t want to miss while wandering the town are the Dam, the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s House. If you crave some quiet serenity, head to Vondelpark, seen as one of the most picturesque parks in all of Europe and a great place to recharge and connect with nature.

Once you head to Brussels, you may find yourself with a strong  craving for chocolate—which makes sense, as that’s one of the things this city is famous for, to the point where there are tours specifically focused on the sweet treat. Delicious offerings to eat and drink abound throughout this region.

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Needless to say, this capital city of Belgium is also packed with historical attractions and well-known landmarks. Among the most famous are the Town Hall, Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral.

Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is a thriving hotspot featuring both chocolate and shopping. This is where you can find a large number of chocolatiers, boutiques and other shopping options. It is also a great place to settle in to people watch or check out some amazing local architecture.

Speaking of architecture, one of the most eye-catching examples of traditional local building design would be the Guildhouses. Lining the cobblestone street along the Grand Place, the towering facades of these ornate landmarks are impossible to ignore. Adorned with intricate carvings and gilded accents, these structures once served as the headquarters for trade groups and merchants, but now mostly represent the epitome of grand European construction.

If you want to visit the timeless charm and breathtaking landscapes that represent the best of Europe, make your plans now for a trip to Brussels and Amsterdam. This is the type of dream getaway where you will create memories that last a lifetime.

Ensure your European journey is everything you hope it will be by choosing your travel service carefully, selecting one you can trust to provide the highest level of service and attention to detail.

Travel Impressions offers an unbeatable package that includes several days each in Amsterdam and Brussels, featuring all of the major attractions in each locale.

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