12 days in Holland, Belgium & Cologne Itinerary

12 days in Holland, Belgium & Cologne Itinerary

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12 days in Holland, Belgium & Cologne Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  16​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Rotterdam, Holland
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
7
The Hague, Holland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Groningen, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand


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1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You've now added Grey Area Coffeeshop to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): have a few drinks at Grey Area Coffeeshop, then wander the streets of De Negen Straatjes, and then wander the streets of The Jordaan.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam vacation planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Amsterdam is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bangkok to Amsterdam, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bangkok in April, with highs in Amsterdam at 17°C and lows at 6°C. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods Shopping Nightlife
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
De 9 Straatjes ©
De 9 Straatjes
Grey Area ©
Grey Area

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Atomium, Little Delirium and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Atomium, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Manneken Pis, then wander the streets of Place St. Gery, and finally have a few drinks at Little Delirium.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Brussels holiday planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May in Brussels, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Nightlife Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to The Markt.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bruges online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Bruges, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt

2
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
The Rubens House has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Wed), look for gifts at La Maison du Parfum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Pierre Marcolini, see the interesting displays at The Rubens House, look for gifts at Peter Poussenier, then stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, and finally wander the streets of Meir.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Antwerp trip generator.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Antwerp

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne tour planner.

Getting from Antwerp to Cologne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Cologne sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge

1
night
Rotterdam, Holland

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.
You've now added Markthal Rotterdam to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Church, then indulge your taste buds at Markthal Rotterdam, and then don't miss a visit to centraal station rotterdam.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rotterdam vacation planner.

Getting from Antwerp to Rotterdam by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to The Hague.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Delft
Highlights from your plan
Markthal ©
Markthal
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk
Euromast ©
Euromast

few
hours
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 7th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Mauritshuis, then admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis, and then take an in-depth tour of Panorama Mesdag.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read The Hague sightseeing planner.

The Hague is just a short distance from Rotterdam. In May in The Hague, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Groningen.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Mesdag ©
Panorama Mesdag

1
night
Groningen, Holland

Groningen ©
Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Groningen vacation planner.

Traveling by car from The Hague to Groningen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Groningen sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Groningen

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden, Kamp Westerbork, Kerkje Harkema
Highlights from your plan
Kamp Westerbork ©
Kamp Westerbork
Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden ©
Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden
Kerkje Harkema ©
Kerkje Harkema

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take a stroll through Red Light District.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Groningen to Amsterdam by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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