« on: June 11, 2015, 01:28:06 PM »
I agree - without a car, it'll be difficult to visit some of the less accessible locations. That said, you could choose a home base and take day trips from there. I've done this from both Ghent and Mechelen, although I did have a car both times. In Mechelen, I stayed at the B&B run by Het Anker Brewery. From there, it's an hour or less by train to Brussels (Cantillon, Moder Lambic as above), Antwerp (Kulminator) and Ghent, and a little over an hour to Bruges.
One great part about having a home base is that you don't have to bring your luggage with you everywhere you go, and each time you check in and out of a new location there is a fair amount of time spent on the transition. If you stay in one place, you can travel light and catch a train in the morning to check out a new city, spend the day there, and then catch a train back when you've had your fill.
Have a great time on your trip, and fun planning it as well!