12 days in Germany, Belgium & Holland Itinerary

12 days in Germany, Belgium & Holland Itinerary

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12 days in Germany, Belgium & Holland Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Aachen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
Dortmund, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Utrecht, Holland
— 1 night
train:  1​h
8
The Hague, Holland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

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.
You've now added Mini-Europe to your itinerary. On the 24th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and then head outdoors with Piscine L'Espadon.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from Jordan, the closest major airports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. July in Brussels sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Aachen.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

1
night
Aachen, Germany

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Aachener Rathaus, take an in-depth tour of Centre Charlemagne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aachen Cathedral (Dom), ponder the design of Kreislauf des Geldes, then stop by Printenbackerei Klein & Printen Museum, and finally get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Aachen.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aachen day trip app .

Take a train from Brussels to Aachen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Aachen

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Centre Charlemagne ©
Centre Charlemagne
Aachen Cathedral (Dom) ©
Aachen Cathedral (Dom)
Tierpark Aachen ©
Tierpark Aachen

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Phantasialand, take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kolner Dom.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne travel planner .

You can take a train from Aachen to Cologne in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cologne are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Phantasialand
Highlights from your plan
Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge

1
day
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
On the 28th (Sun), shop like a local with Konigsallee, delve into the distant past at ArcheoPoint, see the interesting displays at Classic Remise Dusseldorf, take in panoramic vistas at Rheinturm, then look for gifts at Altstadt, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Rheinuferpromenade.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dusseldorf trip planner .

Dusseldorf is just a stone's throw from Cologne. In July, daily temperatures in Dusseldorf can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dortmund.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Classic Remise Dusseldorf ©
Classic Remise Dusseldorf
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade

2
nights
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Wochenmarkt Muenster and then identify plant and animal life at Bergehalde Grosses Holz.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dortmund trip maker .

Getting from Dusseldorf to Dortmund by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Dortmund sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dortmund

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bergehalde Grosses Holz, Wochenmarkt Muenster
Highlights from your plan
German Football Museum ©
German Football Museum
Wochenmarkt Muenster ©
Wochenmarkt Muenster

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Jetsetart Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam road trip app .

Traveling by car from Dortmund to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Jetsetart Gallery ©
Jetsetart Gallery

1
night
Utrecht, Holland

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 1st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), take in panoramic vistas at Dom Tower, then have fun and explore at Museum Speelklok, then get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, and finally explore the striking landscape of Vlinderhof.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Utrecht trip planner .

Utrecht is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) ©
Vlinderhof ©
Vlinderhof
Canals area ©
Canals area

1
day
The Hague, Holland

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Panorama Mesdag, view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and then find something for the whole family at Madurodam.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our The Hague sightseeing tool .

Take a train from Utrecht to The Hague in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Madurodam ©
Madurodam
Panorama Mesdag ©
Panorama Mesdag

1
night
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 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and then don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bruges route planner .

Traveling by car from The Hague to Bruges takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
The Markt ©
The Markt
The Chocolate Line Bruges ©
The Chocolate Line Bruges

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