For short city breaks or weekend getaways, consider Eurostar train service, designed to make your trip unforgettable by upgrading to the first class, where you'll get excellent meal with champagne, wine, tea or coffee and complimentary magazines and newspapers. Those traveling in standard class will be offered a variety of snacks and beverages. In addition to departures from London Waterloo, Eurostar travel is now also possible from Ashford International, due to the opening of a new high-speed section, featuring the fastest journey time.
Eurostar city breaks provide you with a great chance to find yourself among the prominent attractions of Paris, Lille, Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent, and experience the grandeur and beauty of these important European cities.
While for the majority of travelers Eurostar breaks to Belgium are associated with Brussels and Bruges, Ghent city is frequently missed by those visiting the country. However, it was the biggest and the most prosperous city of Flanders in the Middle Ages, and is recognized today as one of the largest cities of Western Europe. Ghent is situated on the picturesque banks of the River Leie, and some 35 miles west of Brussels, which makes it a great option for a day trip during Eurostar city breaks to the capital city of Belgium, and a wonderful choice for weekend breaks for those eager to escape from the noisy streets of Bruges.
The city has as an extensive selection of museums as Bruges, and its cafes, bars and shops can rival those of Antwerp. Ghent also claims to have the largest amount of listed buildings as compared to any other city in Belgium. While enjoying your Eurostar city breaks to Ghent, don't miss the opportunity to visit such must-see attractions as the Belfort, the Gravensteen, St Niklaaskerk, St Baafskathedraal, St Nicholas' Church, the Sint Michielsbrug and the Graslei. Art lovers will be delighted to find a wide range of art galleries and museums, including Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Design, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Folklore and much more.
The fashion capital of Belgium and the diamond capital of the world, Antwerp is one of the most popular destinations for Eurostar city breaks, offering amazing nightlife that can rival that of Amsterdam and scores of designer shops, restaurants and cafes at every turn in this cosmopolitan city, steeped in culture and history. The city center with its stunning guildhoiuses and a 19th century statue of Brabo - the symbol of the city - is designed in Flemish-Italian Renaissance style.
According to the ancient legend, a giant cut off the hand of anyone who refused to pay the toll to sail across the River Scheldt. A Roman, Silvius Brabo defeated the giant, took his money and became the Duke of Brabant. The major attraction in Antwerp is the 16th century City Hall, designed in the Renaissance style by many sophisticated architects and rebuilt twice due to fire in 1576 and 1794. Other sights worth a visit include Our Lady's Cathedral, St Jacob's Church, Rubens House, St Paul's Church, Zurenborg Quarter, St Charles Borromeus Church, Antwerp Zoo, Central Station and much more.
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