12 days in The Netherlands & Brussels Itinerary

12 days in The Netherlands & Brussels Itinerary

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12 days in The Netherlands & Brussels Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg, Russia
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Lelystad, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gouda, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
4
Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
5
Leiden, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  15​min
6
The Hague, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Bus:  30​min
7
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: St. Petersburg, Russia

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam driving holiday planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Amsterdam is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from St. Petersburg in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Amsterdam, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

1
night
Lelystad, The Netherlands

Lelystad
Lelystad is a municipality and a city in the centre of the Netherlands, and it is the capital of the province of Flevoland. Plan a trip to Lelystad easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Lelystad in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You'll set off for Gouda on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Lelystad

Outdoors Parks Museums

1
night
Gouda, The Netherlands

Gouda
Gouda is a municipality and city in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gouda trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Lelystad to Gouda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll set off for Utrecht on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Gouda

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

1
night
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Utrecht online trip builder .

Utrecht is very close to Gouda. In September, daily temperatures in Utrecht can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You'll set off for Leiden on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Utrecht

Parks Museums Outdoors

1
night
Leiden, The Netherlands

Leiden ©
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Molenmuseum de Valk and then engage your brain at CORPUS 'journey through the human body'.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Leiden day trip tool .

Getting from Utrecht to Leiden by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to The Hague.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Molenmuseum de Valk ©
Molenmuseum de Valk

1
night
The Hague, The Netherlands

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our The Hague holiday builder website .

The Hague is very close to Leiden. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©

1
night
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station, don't miss a visit to Witte de Withstraat, then snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, then browse the different shops at Markthal, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Rotterdam Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rotterdam online attractions planner .

Rotterdam is just a stone's throw from The Hague. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Zoos & Aquariums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rotterdam Zoo ©
Rotterdam Zoo
Euromast ©
Euromast
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen ©
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice). On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Atomium, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels vacation builder site .

Getting from Rotterdam to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Brussels sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

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