Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 2 is here and it is all about our time in Brussels and Amsterdam. These two cities kicked off our European Interrail adventure with a bang! There was plenty to explore and we were gifted once again with some incredible weather. If you havent read part 1 yet then check it out!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 2 – The Grand Place, Brussels.
One of the first places we ventured to in Brussels was the Grand Place which is the central square of the city. It’s one of the most beautiful and certainly most visited places in Brussels. It contains the guild houses, the City Hall and the Maison du Roi. All beautiful buildings demonstrating some stunning architectural feats. We hung around here for a sunset on our first evening and were presented with some insane views. Upon our discovery of the Grand Place we also came across a large crowd of people surrounding a small statue. This was Manneken-Pis, a small bronze statue of a boy taking a wee into the fountain. After some curiosity fuelled research we discovered Manneken-Pis is known as an emblem of the rebellious spirit of the city.
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 2 – The Atomium and Osseghem Park.
On our second day in Brussels we had to visit the iconic Atomium. With some permanent and temporary exhibitions the Atomium was constructed as a post war museum. You can get a great view over Brussels from the spheres but as we had already got that from our hotel we decided to grab a Belgian waffle and go for a wander in the near by Osseghem Park. Tough to go inside on a hot day like you can see pictured!
Osseghem Park was one of my favourite places to visit. We stumbled upon the beautiful open air theatre and then simply enjoyed the surroundings that the park and woodland areas had to offer. Plenty of walking, warm sunshine and incredible views. What more could we have asked for?! The Atomium and Osseghem park are a little further away from the other attractions in Brussels but definitely worth taking the time to visit!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 2 – Jam Hotel.
Our stay in Brussels was at Jam Hotel and we had the ‘extra room’ which was perfectly sized for two. It had a very cool, unique style and the hotel was exactly the same. There was a restaurant area where you could get a tasty buffet breakfast. It also had two popular bars, one being on the top floor with a stunning view across Brussels. Transport to the main areas we visited in the city was really simple from Jam Hotel. There were plenty of tram stops near by. This former art school and now hotel was definitely a great base for our exploration!
It’s definitely worth noting that if you do want to venture out for some breakfast, Hinterland is basically opposite and they serve beautiful acai bowls which are our favourite thing to search out when travelling!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 2 – The Canals of Amsterdam.
It was an early, early start for us after our first two days in Brussels. We were on board our train at 7am and we arrived in the Dutch capital just before 9am. We had another early departure the next day so all that was on our agenda was to enjoy the beautiful canals and get some good shots. I wanted some more images for my Amsterdam gallery and that’s exactly what I got! The weather was stunning again which always makes for some good photography conditions. I do however think it’s hard to take a bad picture in Amsterdam because it’s one of Europe’s most picturesque cities in my opinion!
Although we only had a small amount of time in Amsterdam to get some photo content we can definitely recommend a couple of places to visit from our previous time spent there. The Royal Palace is a definite. You can get a great tour, wander around and just admire the beauty of the building. Secondly is the Rijksmuseum, a Dutch national museum dedicated to the arts and history in Amsterdam. You’ll learn a lot in there!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 2 – The Student Hotel.
For our time in Amsterdam we stayed at The Student Hotel. It was within easy walking distance of the centre as it was located just off the canals. There was a metro station very close by and the hotel itself was awesome! It had plenty going on from early morning to late evening. We made good use of the gym facility located within the hotel which seemed to easily combat some of the train travel tiredness!
Departing Amsterdam in the early hours we made our way to Berlin. If you want to check out what we got up to in Berlin then make sure you check out ‘Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 3‘ You will love the hotel we stayed in!
Thanks for reading, see you in the next one!
(We were kindly given a press rate at Jam Hotel, all opinions expressed in this blog are my own)