11 days in Brussels & Flanders Itinerary

11 days in Brussels & Flanders Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Brussels
— 1 night
2
Ghent
— 2 nights
3
Ostend
— 1 night
4
Bruges
— 3 nights
5
Antwerp
— 1 night
6
Brussels
— 1 night

1
night
Brussels

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Atomium, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, thensee the interesting displays at MOOF Museum, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary site.

Philadelphia, USA to Brussels is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Brussels is 6 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, things will get slightly colder in Brussels: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Ghent

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
On the 6th (Mon), explore the world behind art at MOdus 8 and then get a taste of the local shopping with Caermersklooster Provincial Centre of Art and Culture. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Michielskerk, admire the masterpieces at Art Center Horus, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), look for gifts at Dille and Kamille, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally take in the views from St Michael's Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ghent online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Ghent sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Ostend.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Sint-Martens-Latem
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St Michael's Bridge ©
St Michael's Bridge
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

1
night
Ostend

Ostend ©
Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
On the 8th (Wed), learn about all things military at Lange Max Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ostend trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Ostend takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Ostend sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ostend

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lange Max Museum, Beach De Haan
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Leopoldpark ©
Leopoldpark
Lange Max Museum ©
Lange Max Museum

3
nights
Bruges

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Groeningemuseum and The Old Chocolate House. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, make a trip to The Markt, admire the landmark architecture of Huis Boechoute, and take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges road trip tool.

Bruges is just a short distance from Ostend. In May, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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night
Antwerp

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church and then look for gifts at Grand Diamonds Jewelry.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Antwerp tour builder.

You can drive from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Cogels Osylei ©
Cogels Osylei
Museum De Reede ©
Museum De Reede

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Brussels

Brussels ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Pierre Marcolini.

To find out how to plan a trip to Brussels, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brussels

Shopping
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Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini

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