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    Day 2

    274 mi4 mi

    Belgium: Beautiful and Full of Life

    Second day of the trip and second country to visit: Belgium. The first stop will be at a paradise in the middle of nature, once a fortress designed for war.
    After that, you will visit Sint-Niklaas where you'll have lunch in the dungeons of an imposing castle surrounded by lush parks.
    Without further delay you'll spend most of the day in the great jewel of Belgium: Bruges. You'll fall in love with its canals, its ancient buildings and its bohemian air. There will be no shortage of boat trips, the best chocolate in the world, and postcard-perfect photos in every corner.
    End the day with dinner in a peculiar restaurant in Mons, nearby a square where a monkey's head will give you all the luck you need for the rest of your trip.
    80.4 mi1 hr 30 min
    Parking Fort Merksem
    10:301 min

    Parking Fort Merksem

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    This will be an interesting stop. In a fort that has become a natural park.
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    Fort Merksem
    10:4530 min

    Fort Merksem

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    This fort, that once was part of the defence of Antwerp, became public in 1977. It has a peculiar six-pointed star-shaped boundary.
    It has become a beautiful promenade to enjoy green spaces. It is a great contrast that a place created for combat is today a refuge where you can finde moments of peace.
    It's open daily from 7:00 to 23:00 h. (the door closes automatically)
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    Parking Fort Merksem
    11:251 min

    Parking Fort Merksem

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    Many places are waiting for you, better keep going!
    23.5 mi40 min
    Ondergrondse parking Grote Markt
    12:101 min

    Ondergrondse parking Grote Markt

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    Another interesting place with charming corners: Sint-Niklaas. With its very central and convenient car park.
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    Grote Markt
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    Grote Markt

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    This large square is the site of the 3-day peace celebrations commemorating the liberation of Sint-Niklaas in 1944. During these celebrations, hot air balloons of all colours and sizes are released. It is one of the few places in the world that launches balloons in the middle of a city.
    The festivities take place on the first weekend in September. Throughout the year this square serves as a stage for several cultural events in the city.
    Around this square you will see emblematic buildings and monuments of this city. Such as the beautiful Gothic Renaissance style Town Hall, dating from 1878.
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    Walburg Castle
    12:4545 min

    Walburg Castle

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    In this beautiful 16th century castle, you will find a restaurant that is highly recommended both for its location and its cuisine.
    Open every day from 11:00 to 23:00 hours, except on Mondays when it is closed.
    For RESERVATIONS or information follow this link
    0.3 mi10 min
    Ondergrondse parking Grote Markt
    13:401 min

    Ondergrondse parking Grote Markt

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    After a short walk through the main centre of Sint-Niklaas it's time to get back to the car and head for Bruges, the main course of the day.
    52.4 mi1 hr 10 min
    Underground parking
    15:001 min

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    A perfect place to park the car, nearby the main places to visit in Bruges.
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    Grote Markt
    15:1530 min

    Grote Markt

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    The main place to start your tour of Bruges is the market square or Grote Mark. This square surrounded by picturesque and beautiful buildings, such as the Belfort Tower or the magnificent Provincial Court building is the heart of Bruges where flower markets and various cultural events of the city take place throughout the year.
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    De Burg
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    De Burg

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    This is another emblematic square in Bruges that will take your breath away with the buildings you will see here. Like the Palace of Justice or the 14th century Bruges Town Hall.
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    Basilica of the Holy Blood
    16:105 min

    Basilica of the Holy Blood

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    A relic of a few drops of Christ's blood on a piece of cloth is kept in this basilica. The façade of this building stands out in the square for its gilded ornamentation.
    Opend daily from 10:00 to 17:15 h.
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    Rosary Quay
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    Rosary Quay

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    This is the most photographed spot in Bruges, with the houses lining the canal, the Belfort Tower as a background... all of which make it an ideal postcard view.
    This quay is so called because this is where rosaries used to be sold in ancient times.
    If there's one thing you can't miss in Bruges, it's a ride on one of these boats to enjoy the views of Bruges from the canals. Rides usually last about 30 minutes. You can get tickets at a booth by this quay.
    If you can't get tickets there (they don't have a website), there is another company that also runs tours from the quay a few metres further south. Here you have the information of that other pier.
    0.4 mi10 min
    Sint-Salvatorskathedraal
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    Sint-Salvatorskathedraal

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    The Cathedral of St Saviour of Bruges, erected since the 10th century (it has undergone many alterations throughout history), is another must-see symbol of this beautiful city.
    Bruges has so many buildings with striking and eye-catching facades that the cathedral doesn't stand out so much from the outside, but it's worth seeing inside, with an imposing organ and walls adorned with beautiful tapestries from Brussels.
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:30 h. Saturdays: 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 15:30 h. Sundays: 14:00 - 17:00 h.
    For more information
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    The Old Chocolate House
    17:2530 min

    The Old Chocolate House

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    Being in Belgium and not stopping to taste their chocolate is an injustice.
    This particular chocolate shop is one of the most highly recommended in the city and belongs to the Bruges chocolate makers' guild. Here you can sample a wide variety of chocolates and other sweet delicacies.
    Open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 h. except on Wednesdays when it is closed.
    For more information click here
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    Boniface Bridge (Bonifaciusbrug)
    18:005 min

    Boniface Bridge (Bonifaciusbrug)

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    Another magical and photogenic spot in the city with its old wooden houses lying on the canal.
    0.4 mi10 min
    Wijngaardplein
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    Wijngaardplein

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    This beautiful Vineyard Square will captivate you with its romantic and picturesque setting. You are sure to see a carriage stop here, so that its passengers can get out to take photos or take a stroll. Here you will also see the beautiful horse fountain.
    If you want to take a ride in a carriage, they leave from the market square (Grote Mark), they cannot be booked, they have a taxi service (they get on as people arrive). You can take up to 5 people per carriage, the ride lasts half an hour and is paid in cash to the driver. More information here.
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    Underground parking
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    Underground parking

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    In this city you will want to stay several days but you must continue on your way, there are still 2 more countries to visit!
    81.3 mi1 hr 30 min
    Parking Grand-Place
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    Parking Grand-Place

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    An ideal car park that leaves you just a few metres from the place to visit in Mons.
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    Grand-Place de Mons
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    Grand-Place de Mons

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    It is ideal if you have arrived at this square at sunset as the lighting is very beautiful and eye-catching.
    This large square is the centre of all social life in the city, where many important events take place, such as the fight between St. George and the Dragon in the celebrations for the Trinity or Le Doudou, as it is called locally.
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    Porte-bonheur de la cité Montoise
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    Porte-bonheur de la cité Montoise

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    Here you will find the city's lucky charm. It is the figure of a monkey on the façade of the town hall. If you stroke its head with your left hand, according to local tradition, it will bring you good luck. You'll have to try it!
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    La Vache à Carreaux
    20:5045 min

    La Vache à Carreaux

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    Walking around this beautiful area you will find this nice and charming restaurant with a very cosy atmosphere.
    Reservations are recommended
    Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 12:00 - 14:00 and 18:00 - 21:30 h. Fridays and Saturdays: 12:00 - 14:00 and 18:00 - 22:00 h. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
    0.2 mi5 min
    Parking Grand-Place
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    Parking Grand-Place

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    It's time to get back in the car and head straight to the hotel.
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