Days 1-3: Amsterdam
Fuel up for your first day in Amsterdam with a hearty breakfast from Omelegg (opt for ‘The Italian Job’ if you’re feeling particularly peckish). Then do as the locals do and hire a bicycle – you can pick one up for 24 hours from Rent a Bike for €10.80. Cycle to the Anne Frank Museum (make sure to pre-book tickets online) and the Royal Palace before concluding the day with a visit to Sotto, one of the best pizzerias in the city.
On your second day, grab some takeaway pastries and sweet treats from Patisserie Holtkamp, then cycle along the canals towards Vondelpark, stopping at the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum for a spot of culture. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park, then head on an interactive beer tour at the Heineken Experience. Go for burgers from The Butcher or Mumbai street food at Shirkhan inside Foodhallen for dinner.
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Where to stay in Amsterdam
De Pijp is Amsterdam’s bustling Latin Quarter, full of brunch spots, breweries and food markets. With towering ceilings, generous windows and sleek furnishings, you could do better than booking a stay at the sophisticated Sir Albert Hotel.
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Next stop… Brussels
From Amsterdam Centraal, it’s less than two hours via train to Bruxelles-Midi station. Trains run every hour until late evening. Reservations are required, even with the Interrail Pass, so book via the app before you travel; prices start at €24 for second-class seats.