Begin with Brugge, the elegant Belgian city a short train ride from Brussels. This year it’s emerging as the continent’s cultural capital, with a lengthy roster of events and exhibits throughout the spring and summer: antiques festivals, modern art openings, exhibits of the great painter Jan Van Eyck, and tons more.

If you find it hard to make the shift to European driving, consider Renault Eurodrive, the rental company that automatically takes care of you. Unlike other rental companies, Eurodrive can guarantee you a car with an automatic transmission. Other perks include hotel and restaurant discounts and a cell phone. (800) 221-1052,

Three’s a charm with the 2002 Eurail SelectPass. It’s
valid for travel in any three neighboring countries connected by rail or ferry. For instance, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium count as one country. Prices start at $346. (888) 382-7245,