Close to home: 5 cities that are just 4 hours away by train

You want to get away, but not too far and without ridiculously high parking costs. What to do? Travel by train! Traveling by train is often less stressful and it’s better for the environment. However, make sure you travel safely or maybe postpone your citytrip for a while until the risk is low. As SUITSUIT is a Holland-based brand, we’ve selected five cities that you can reach from Utrecht Central Station within four hours. Tickets are often cheapest when booking them far in advance. Start planning! 

Liège, Belgium
Most people choose Antwerp or Brussels when they book a citytrip to Belgium. That’s a shame, because the country has many more beautiful cities, including Liège. By many people this city just across the border near Maastricht is seen as a gray industrial city, but nothing could be further from the truth. Liège has a gorgeous historic center, filled with various cosy beer cafes and interesting museums. The city is the perfect mix between old and new. It’s said that the best way to visit Liège is by train. This because of the ultramodern Liège-Guillemins station that awaits you when you enter the city. This futuristic building, opened in 2009, was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Liège is a lovely city not far from home: within 2 hours and 15 minutes traveling by train, you are in the heart of the city. 

Cologne, Germany
This German city, located on the Rhine, is full of history. The colored houses, the Gothic town hall, the Dom cathedral and the Fischmarkt are characteristic of the Altstadt. Besides all this cultural heritage, the city is also ideal for the shopaholics among us. In the district ‘Belgisches Viertel’ you’ll find lots of unique boutiques, but the high-street brands are also widely represented in Cologne. You can also find the most creative street art in this city. Cologne screams creativity, is versatile and super cozy. Curious? In just 2 hours by train from Utrecht, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the beautiful architecture of Cologne!

Lille, France
This beautiful city is located just over the Belgium border. Lille is also called "the Paris of the North" or "Little Paris". The city has a beautiful old center full of historic sights. Here you can experience the oh-so-dreamy life of the French. The historic center of Lille, Vieux Lille, is without a doubt the best place to do this. This neighborhood full of cobbled, narrow streets and beautiful houses with beautifully decorated facades, is (according to many) the most beautiful part of Lille. You’ll also find several cozy cafes, restaurants and boutiques here. You can actually find a piece of Paris in Lille: a triumphal arch that was once part of the city wall. All in all, Lille is a special city that’s definitely worth a visit. Fortunately, Lille can be reached by train in about 3.5 hours. À bientôt!

Bremen, Germany
This versatile, northern German city is not really a beauty at first sight. But if you walk a bit further into the old town, you’ll soon come across beautiful medieval buildings. These are buildings such as: the Rathaus, St. Petri Dom and the famous statue of Roland (the protector of Charlemagne) on the old Marktplatz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To get away from the bustle of the market square, head to the Schnoor district. There you’ll find idyllic alleys and colored houses; as cozy as it can get. The artsy district ‘Das Viertel’ offers a lot of street art, boutiques and trendy restaurants. Bremen is located along the river Weser, so there’s a cozy promenade with all kinds of bars and restaurants along the water. Bremen is beautiful and will most definitely surprise you. Luckily, it’s just over 4 hours by train from Utrecht Central Station. The perfect city for a weekend getaway!

Leuven, Belgium
Leuven is a typical student city and is home to the oldest university of Belgium and Holland combined, so it’s no wonder that Leuven is such a vibrant city. The ‘Great Beguinage’ or ‘Groot Begijnhof’ is a neighborhood that’s definitely worth a visit. The district is full of historic houses and, worth mentioning; is one of the largest beguinages that is still standing in Flanders. In addition to the gorgeous buildings, Leuven also offers modern vibes. The old center is like a mix of historic buildings, colorful street art, modern museums and photogenic market squares. Nice to know: Leuven is known as the beer capital of Belgium, so the city is full of cozy bars. What are you still waiting for? By train from Utrecht Central Station, you’ll be in the city of this Flemish city within 3 hours! 


So there you have it: you don’t always have to get on a plane to visit beautiful places. Which of these cities will be on your list?

Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina and I’m 20 years old. Besides my Creative Business studies, I’m a freelance writer. My greatest passion is writing, and besides that I love good music, traveling and photography. I prefer to do that last thing at a beautiful destination across the border, obviously ;). From me you’ll mainly read blogs about beautiful travel destinations, travel tips and lifestyle. 

@marinavanhooft 

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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina and I’m 20 years old. Besides my Creative Business studies, I’m a freelance writer. My greatest passion is writing, and besides that I love good music, traveling and photography. I prefer to do that last thing at a beautiful destination across the border, obviously ;). From me you’ll mainly read blogs about beautiful travel destinations, travel tips and lifestyle. 

@marinavanhooft