11 days in Belgium & Eindhoven Itinerary

11 days in Belgium & Eindhoven Itinerary

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11 days in Belgium & Eindhoven Itinerary

Start: Eindhoven, Holland
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Eindhoven, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mechelen, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mons, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dinant, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train + Fly:  15​h
End: Des Moines, United States

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Eindhoven, Holland

Eindhoven ©
The capital of Dutch industrial design, Eindhoven is known as the "City of Light." This is thanks to the technology company, Phillips, which has its base here and hosts many light projects in buildings around the city.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Eindhoven vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Maastricht Aachen Airport. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mechelen.

Things to do in Eindhoven

Shopping Fun & Games
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Hovenring ©
Hovenring

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Mechelen, Belgium

Mechelen ©
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum Hof van Busleyden and Large Beguinage. Get some cultural insight at Church of St. Peter and St. Paul and Vismarkt. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillery De Molenberg, admire the landmark architecture of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Hanswijk, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brewery Van Campenhout.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mechelen trip builder website .

Drive from Eindhoven to Mechelen in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mons.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Brewery Van Campenhout, Distillery De Molenberg
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Stadhuis ©
Stadhuis
Museum Hof van Busleyden ©
Museum Hof van Busleyden
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul ©

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Mons, Belgium

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Keramis-Centre de la Ceramique, explore the ancient world of Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nicolas-en-Havre. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Museum regional des Sciences naturelles, shop like a local with THANKS Galerie, and then explore the engaging exhibits at BAM Beaux-Arts Mons.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mons trip app .

Traveling by car from Mechelen to Mons takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dinant.

Things to do in Mons

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Keramis-Centre de la Ceramique
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Keramis-Centre de la Ceramique ©
Keramis-Centre de la Ceramique
Museum regional des Sciences naturelles ©
BAM Beaux-Arts Mons ©
BAM Beaux-Arts Mons

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Dinant, Belgium

Dinant ©
Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Adolphe Sax Statue, see the interesting displays at Maison Adolphe Sax, then explore the different monuments and memorials at French National Cemetery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Veves. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Dinant and then examine the collection at Maison Leffe.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dinant trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mons to Dinant takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Dinant sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Dinant

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Castle Veves
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Castle Veves ©
Castle Veves
Maison Leffe ©
Maison Leffe
Maison Adolphe Sax ©
Maison Adolphe Sax

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night
Ghent, Belgium

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 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Saint-Elisabeth Beguinage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ghent Alterpiece, and then don't miss a visit to Korenmarkt.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ghent holiday maker tool .

Getting from Dinant to Ghent by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites
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Saint-Elisabeth Beguinage ©
Saint-Elisabeth Beguinage
Korenmarkt ©
Korenmarkt

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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.
To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels road trip website .

Traveling by train from Ghent to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites
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Eglise Saint Gilles ©
Eglise Saint Gilles

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