11 days in Brussels, Ghent & Bruges Itinerary

11 days in Brussels, Ghent & Bruges Itinerary

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11 days in Brussels, Ghent & Bruges Itinerary

Start: Brussels
1
Brussels
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
2
Ghent
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Bruges
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Brussels

5
nights
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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brussels online trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Manneken Pis ©
Manneken Pis

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of St Michael's Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, get to know the fascinating history of Graslei and Korenlei, take an in-depth tour of Gravensteen, then look for gifts at Dille and Kamille, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ghent trip planner .

Getting from Brussels to Ghent by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December in Ghent, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally don't miss a visit to Oude Griffie.

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Bruges is just a stone's throw from Ghent. December in Bruges sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges
Belfry of Bruges

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