12 days in Belgium & Germany Itinerary

12 days in Belgium & Germany Itinerary

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1
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
3
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
4
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Les Jardins d'Annevoie. Grand Place and Abbaye de Villers will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Mechelen to see Kazerne Dossin about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Atomium, explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Brussels is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Brussels, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in May; daily highs in Brussels reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Abbaye de Villers, Les Jardins d'Annevoie, Kazerne Dossin
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Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Abbaye de Villers ©
Abbaye de Villers

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, thensample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally go for a walk through Walplein. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, thenget engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bruges day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cologne Cathedral and Thurant Castle. Let the collections at Museum Ludwig and VFF Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung Koblenz capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Cologne: Kommern Open Air Museum (in Mechernich), Basilica of St. Castor (in Koblenz) and Eltz Castle (in Wierschem). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Gross St. Martin, examine the collection at Dokumentationsstatte Regierungsbunker, and steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cologne online journey planner.

Drive from Bruges to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koblenz, Dokumentationsstatte Regierungsbunker, Kommern Open Air Museum, Thurant Castle, Eltz Castle
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Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Gross St. Martin ©
Gross St. Martin

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), do a tasting at Eberbach Abbey, thenstep into the grandiose world of Rheinstein Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Burg Stahleck. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Fountain of Justice, examine the collection at Marburger Landgrafenschloss Museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St. Elizabeth Kirche, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schlossgarten Fulda.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cologne to Frankfurt by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Marburg, Burg Stahleck, Rheinstein Castle, Eberbach Abbey, Schlossgarten Fulda
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Schlossgarten Fulda ©
Schlossgarten Fulda
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Eberbach Abbey ©
Eberbach Abbey

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