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Best of Benelux by Train

Two kingdoms and one duchy: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are more than just three small states between the North Sea, Germany and France. They share a common culture and look back on a Golden Age together. Between 1550 and 1700, magnificent town houses, canals, windmills, pictures and palaces were created. Some landscapes and cities still look like Rembrandt painted them almost 400 years ago.

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Amsterdam

From to by rail

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Antwerp

Pearl of Flemish architecture

The harbour town on the Schelde has a history dating back to the early Middle Ages. Antwerp is a pearl of archi­tec­ture.

Thou­sands of diamond traders, cutters and polishers have settled in the centrally located, centuries-old diamond quarter. The best example of typical Antwerp archi­tec­ture in the Flemish Renais­sance style is the Grote Markt in the centre of the old town. In the 17th century Rubens House you can visit histor­ically furnished rooms with works of art by the Flemish baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens.

Accommodation: A B&B in Antwerp

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The well-kept B&B of Linda and Daniel is situ­ated in a quiet suburb of Antwerp, about three kilome­tres from the centre.

The four rooms of the house are indi­vid­u­ally furnished in a tasteful, homely style, which repre­sents a successful mixture of old furni­ture and modern comfort. The owners, who speak German and English, put their heart and soul into running the busi­ness and spoil their guests endlessly – starting with a rich Breakfast with many fresh and homemade prod­ucts, rounded off by an atten­tive service. The common lounge is also inviting, where you can make your­self comfort­able after a stren­uous day. The centre can be reached in a few minutes by public trans­port, with a stop nearby.

Grote Market

Guild houses at the central square of Antwerp

The central square in the old town of Antwerp is one of the most beau­tiful in Europe. It got its shape in the 16th and 17th centuries, when magnif­i­cent guild houses were built all around. In front of the Town Hall, deco­rated with columns, figures and coats of arms, the Brabob fountain splashes with the figure of Centurio Brabo, who is about to throw the giant's cut off hand.

From Antw­erpen to Bruges by rail

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Bruges

Flemish merchant town from the picture book

The Flemish metropolis is one of the most beau­tiful cities in Europe. It owes its importance to a storm surge that tore a naviga­tion channel right through to the North Sea.

In addi­tion to the hanseatic dealers from Genoa, Venice and Florence, as well as from southern Germany in the 13th Century, Castile, Portugal and Scot­land belonged to the regular visitors of the city. A stock exchange building (possibly the first in the world) opened in the house of a merchant family Van der Beurse; the term “stock market” (Börse) is believed to orig­inate from this surname. After pros­pering in the high Middle Ages, the city came under Spanish rule and became impov­er­ished, hence the histor­ical build­ings were preserved. Only towards the end of the 19th century Romantics discov­ered the unique charm of the city, with its canals and channels. Around the city are medieval ramparts, on which windmills stand.

Accommodation: A guesthouse in Bruges

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

Already in the Middle Ages the house accommo­d­ated pilgrims and other poor trav­ellers in a quiet side street near the market place.

After its thor­ough rede­sign, it only has three guest rooms now, which are all the more comfort­able. The whole building, over­looking the old roofs of Bruges, is a mixture of old and new, full of char­acter. In the morning Julie serves her guests a hearty Breakfast in the living and dining room; in summer you can also enjoy it in the court­yard. Numerous sights of the city are within walking distance, as well as cafés and restau­rants.

Belfried

Beau­tiful view of Bruges

The most important tower of Bruges is 83 metres high and houses, among other things, a carillon with 47 bells. In the entrance hall visitors have the opportu­nity to learn a lot about the history and mission of the Bruges Belfrieds, which is protected as a world cultural heritage site. Those who are not afraid to climb the 366 steps of the tower can stop at the treasure chamber, where important city docu­ments, the city seal and the city treasury were kept in the Middle Ages, at the impres­sive clockwork or the carillon. At the top, your efforts will be rewarded with a beau­tiful pano­ramic view of Bruges and the surrounding area.

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Holy Blood Basilica

Oldest building of Bruges

The oldest preserved building in Bruges, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, stands on the Castleplein. The late Gothic chapel was built above the Roma­nesque St. Baselius chapel from 1139, in which the relic of the Holy Blood is kept. The crusader Diet­rich of Alsace brought them back from his crusade to Jersualem in 1168.

Stadhuis

Town Hall of Bruges

Fili­gree tracery, turrets and statues of the Flemish counts adorn the beau­tiful façade of the Stadhuis from 1376, one of the oldest town halls in Belgium. The city has been admin­is­tered from here for over 600 years. The Gothic Hall impresses with its sculptur-deco­rated, gold-painted wooden vaulted ceiling and artistic mural painting with scenes from the history of Bruges. The Civiele Griffie with the figures of Justitia, Moses and Aaron on the gables next door served as a peace court.

From Bruges to Luxem­bourg by rail

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Luxembourg

Grand Duchy at the centre of Europe

The Grand Duchy is the last of its kind of once twelve in Europe. Today Luxem­bourg (from “Lützelburg” = “small castle”) is an inde­pen­dent state, although with only 2,500 square kilome­tres and just over 500,000 inhab­i­tants it is one of the smallest in the world.

This played an important role in the Euro­pean unifica­tion process. Luxem­bourg is the admin­is­tra­tive centre of the Euro­pean Union, the seat of the Euro­pean Court of Justice (ECJ) and other institu­tions. The mother tongue of the Luxem­bourgers is Luxem­bour­gish (“Lëtzebuergesch”), a Mosel-Franco­nian idiom that was regarded as a purely High German dialect until the 20th century. It was not until 1984 that it became the inde­pen­dent national language and co-offi­cial language of the country (along­side French and German).

Accommodation: A hotel in Luxembourg

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

This charming hotel is located in a quiet but central loca­tion near the Parc des Trois Glands in Luxem­bourg. The tasteful rooms have wooden floors and are indi­vid­u­ally furnished in an elegant colo­nial style.

A lovingly prepared Breakfast with fresh baked goods, muesli, fruit, egg dishes and other ingre­di­ents is served in the small Breakfast room with a cosy ambi­ence at the table. When the weather is fine, the well-kept garden area with terrace invites you to linger. The Museum of Modern Art and the Musée Dräi Eechelen are located in the park; the city centre can be reached in a few minutes.

Luxem­bourg Switz­er­land

Mossy canyons, bizzare rocks

The region in the north­east of the Grand Duchy owes its name to the sand­stone cliffs formed by erosion. It is partic­u­larly popular with climbers and hikers and is part of the German-Luxem­bourg Nature Park. Centrally located is the Müllerthal, a deeply cut brook landscape with several loops, through which runs the 110 km long Mullerthal Trail. There are also short circular hiking trails. Our hiking sugges­tion leads to one of the most impres­sive rocks, the Predigtstuhl, to the castle Beaufort and to the rock labyrinth Raiber­hiel. The way back leads through a mossy Roitzbach gorge. (round trip: 20.4 kilome­ters, 6:30 hours, up and down: 460 meters)

Saar loop

Treetop path at spectac­ular river bend

The large Saar loop near Mett­lach is one of the most famous sights in Saar­land. The most beau­tiful view is from Cloef, a 180-metre-high vantage point in the Orscholz district of Mett­lach. The shore is lined by rock faces, screes and small gorges. On the wooded ridge within the Saar loop are the church of St. Gangolf with a former monastery and the castle ruins of Montclair. The only village directly on the Saar loop is the village of Dreisbach, which can be reached by ferry. Above the vantage point, a treetop path leads to even more views. Our hiking sugges­tion leads from the Cloef down to the shore and back via a serpen­tine path. (round trip: 8.2 kilome­ters, 3 hours, up and down: 272 meters)

From Luxem­bourg to Cologne by rail

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Cologne

Rhenish zest for life in the shadow of the cathedral

Founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, Cologne is Germany's second oldest city. The city marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire and was therefore of great strategic and military importance to the Romans.

For many centuries now it has been a leading trading and trans­porta­tion hub due to its loca­tion along the Rhine River. Cologne became one of the focal points of Western culture during the Middle Ages when, under the rule of Friedrich II, the relics of the Three Wise Men were brought to Cologne in 1164 after being captured from Milan. Cologne Cathedral, one of the most magnif­i­cent struc­tures north of the Alps, was built to house these relics, although construc­tion wasn't completed until 600 years later. Today the landmark is the emblem of Cologne and is also a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. The old town facing the Rhine together with the city boasting 12 Roma­nesque churches among its numerous other histor­ical sites creates a unique ensemble and Cologne is also known as the center of the German Mardi Gras cele­bra­tions that peak during the carnival period.

Accommodation: An Old Town Hotel in Cologne

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast | 1x Culture Tax

In the heart of Cologne's Old Town, just minutes from the Cathedral, the Rhine River and the main shopping streets and as part of one of Cologne's oldest family brew­eries, this hotel is a very special address.

The 37 rooms are modern and well designed – some with Cathedral views and their own beer on tap. The brewery has lots of char­acter with the Köbesse (tradi­tion­ally rude waiting staff) serving authentic Cologne cuisine and amazing views of the Dom and the City. One of Cologne's best known bands – Die Höhner – shows off memora­bilia of 40 years of band history over two floors.

Old town

Medieval alleys and brew­eries in the shadow of the cathedral

The old town south of the cathedral has quite a high Kölsch brewery density, medieval alleys and the historic Cologne town hall. Nearby is the fragrance museum in the Farina House, which is inexorably linked to the famous perfume “Eau de Cologne”. The Italian perfumer Johann Maria Farina created the scent that reminded him of oranges, lemons, grapefruit and berg­amot, cedrat, the flowers and herbs of his home­land. The reopened “Dufthaus 4711” awaits you in Glockengasse, with a fountain from which Kölnisch Wasser bubbles.

Rheinauhafen

Gastronomy and culture in the former harbour

The former port of Cologne is today a modern city district with apart­ments, gastronomy and culture. Next to the old build­ings such as the harbor office, the crane houses were built, which tower over the harbor like over­sized cranes. There are also two extraor­d­inary museums: the Sports and Olympic Museum displays exhibits from 3000 years of sports history. Right next door is the Choco­late Museum. During their tour, visitors follow the path of cocoa from the planta­tion to the choco­late factory. The three meter high choco­late fountain may whet the appetite for more.

Museums at the Cathedral

Roman times and modern art

The Roman-Germanic Museum shows archae­o­log­ical finds from the times of the ancient Rome. Among the most important exhibits are the Dyon­isos mosaic from the dining room of a Roman villa and the tomb of veteran Lucius Poblicius. Both can be seen from the square in front of the cathedral through a glass pane. The Ludwig Munic­ipal Museum contains the Ludwig couple's collec­tion, which has attracted worldwide atten­tion. Art objects of the 20th century are on display – from Picasso to Roy Licht­enstein and Gerhard Richter.

From Cologne to Amsterdam by rail

You will follow the course of the Rhine River to the Dutch city of Arnhem, then cut across the low-lying plains of the Nether­lands to Amsterdam on the coast.

Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. Please book online on www.belgian­train.be. Alterna­tively you can book on www.raileu­rope.com, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive than on the the local provider's website. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.

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Amsterdam

The North Sea metropolis is extremely liberal even for Euro­pean standards, and curious tourists flock to its (in)famous red light district, its erotic thea­tres and its euphemis­tically named “coffee shops.” Indeed, the number of visitors entering the red light district merely to look and not conduct busi­ness has resulted in a severe decline in brothels in recent years. The city's liberal roots lie in its loca­tion at the gates to Europe, which has always made it home to count­less foreigners from all over the world, and in the importance of foreign trade to the local economy. Amsterdam was born when a dam was built in the River Amstel (“Amstel Dam”) around the 11th century. The Dam remains the heart of the Old Town today, which fans out from the Central Train Station in a series of concentric canals designed in the 17th century. The city's main sights besides those referred to above include the Anne Frank Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmu­seum (national museum).

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Accommodation: A 16th century canal house

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The small luxury hotel was built in 1618 during what is aptly known as the “Golden Age” in Amsterdam. The patri­cian town­house was built by a trader of spices from the Far East and, judging by its opulant furnish­ings, busi­ness was good. The histor­ical prop­erty served as the home of the Dutch Prime Minister in the 1880s, then became part of a univer­sity before being acquired by its current owners in 1968 and converted into an exclu­sive hotel in 1983. A recent renno­va­tion was overseen by Wim van de Oude­wee­t­ering, one of Holland's premier inte­rior designers.

In 2008 the facility was designated a “Hidden Treasure,” a presti­gious award bestowed by the Amsterdam Tourism & Conven­tion Board. The hotel “known only to the happy few” was praised by the Board for the unique design of each of its 38 bedrooms, its “incomparable ambi­ence with strikingly beau­tiful details,” and its “top-level hospitality.” Add to this the loca­tion in the very centre of Old Amsterdam, just a few minutes' walk from the Dam Square, and it's easy to see why this hotel is consid­ered a “Hidden Treasure.”

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

18 km | 24 minutes
11 days
from € 1,516.00
per person based on two people sharing a double room
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  • Meals (as listed above)
  • Climate Compensation



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