12 days in Belgium, Germany & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Belgium, Germany & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Belgium, Germany & Paris Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India


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4
nights
Paris, France

Paris
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Fontainebleau and Chateau de Pierrefonds. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chartres Cathedral and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Venture out of the city with trips to Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial (in Fere-en-Tardenois), Le Compa (in Chartres) and Danses Macabres d’Europe (in Meslay-le-Grenet). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Jacquemart-André, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker

Mumbai (Bombay), India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) to Paris, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in April, expect Paris to be much colder, temps between 18°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chartres, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, Danses Macabres d’Europe, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Pierrefonds ©
Chateau de Pierrefonds
Musee Jacquemart-Andre ©
Musee Jacquemart-Andre

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken, and then admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History and then examine the collection at The Rubens House.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Brussels travel planner

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
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René Magritte Museum ©
René Magritte Museum
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Essex Farm Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, then see the interesting displays at Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, then look for gifts at The Old Chocolate House, and finally steep yourself in history at Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planning tool

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Essex Farm Cemetery, Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
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Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
The Jerusalem Chapel & Adornes Domain ©
Essex Farm Cemetery ©
Essex Farm Cemetery

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof, see the interesting displays at Kolumba, and then contemplate the long history of Heinzelmännchenbrunnen.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne visit planning website

You can drive from Bruges to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cologne are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums
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Melaten-Friedhof
Melaten-Friedhof
Kolumba ©
Kolumba
Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen ©
Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen

2
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat), examine the collection at TECHNOSEUM, and then explore the historical opulence of Hambacher Schloss.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Heidelberg road trip website

You can take a train from Cologne to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Technoseum Mannheim (ehemals Landesmuseum fuer Technik und Arbeit), Hambacher Schloss
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Alte Universitaet ©
Alte Universitaet
Hambacher Schloss ©
Hambacher Schloss

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