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
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Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
7
Utrecht, Holland
— 1 night
train:  1​h
8
The Hague, Holland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​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.
Mini-Europe has been added 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. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and then head outdoors with Piscine L'Espadon.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Brussels road trip site .

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. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Aachen.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Aachener Rathaus, get engrossed in the history at Centre Charlemagne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aachen Cathedral (Dom), admire the local landmark of Kreislauf des Geldes, then stop by Printenbackerei Klein & Printen Museum, and finally meet the residents at Tierpark Aachen.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aachen trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Brussels to Aachen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Aachen sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Aachen

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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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.
On the 27th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Phantasialand, don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kolner Dom.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cologne driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Aachen to Cologne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Cologne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Phantasialand
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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), get a taste of the local shopping with Konigsallee, explore the ancient world of ArcheoPoint, see the interesting displays at Classic Remise Dusseldorf, then take in panoramic vistas at Rheinturm, then look for gifts at Altstadt, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinuferpromenade.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dusseldorf online day trip planner .

Dusseldorf is just a stone's throw from Cologne. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Movie Park Germany, browse the eclectic array of goods at Wochenmarkt Muenster, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bergehalde Grosses Holz.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go 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. In July, daytime highs in Dortmund are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dortmund

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

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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): take in the exciting artwork at Jetsetart Gallery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Amsterdam trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Dortmund to Amsterdam in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time 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

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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), enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, gain insight at Museum Speelklok, then get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, and finally explore the striking landscape of Vlinderhof.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Utrecht sightseeing planning app .

Utrecht is just a short distance from Amsterdam. In August, daytime highs in Utrecht are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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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), take an in-depth tour of Panorama Mesdag, admire the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and then find something for the whole family at Madurodam.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in The Hague

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and then make a trip to The Markt.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bruges vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from The Hague to Bruges in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 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
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Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
The Markt ©
The Markt
The Chocolate Line Bruges ©
The Chocolate Line Bruges

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