12 days in Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

12 days in Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

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12 days in Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kroller-Muller Museum and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace). Visiting Herengracht and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Canals area (in Utrecht), St. John's Cathedral (in Den Bosch) and Oerrr op het Mosselse Zand (in Otterlo). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Louwman Museum The Hague, take in the spiritual surroundings of Portuguese Synagogue, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Amstel, and pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hague, Otterlo, St. John's Cathedral, Canals area
Highlights from your plan
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Kroller-Muller Museum ©
Kroller-Muller Museum

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gravensteen and Groeningemuseum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Minnewater Lake and Basilica of the Holy Blood. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Bruges tour planning tool .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Bruges are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Gravensteen
Highlights from your plan
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
Beguinage (Begijnhof) ©
Beguinage (Begijnhof)
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

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.
Explore hidden gems such as René Magritte Museum and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Atomium, make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Brussels, and explore the galleries of Maison d'Erasme.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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