13 days in Benelux Itinerary

13 days in Benelux Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Benelux travel planner

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Brussels, Belgium
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ballum, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Terschelling, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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De Koog, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Bus to Texel, Veerhaven, Ferry to Den Helder, Veerhaven, Train to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

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 26th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Mont des Arts and then see the interesting displays at MOOF Museum.

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Bucharest, Romania to Brussels is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Brussels when traveling from Bucharest in December, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

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 26th (Wed), take in the views from St Bonifacius Bridge.

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

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Ballum.

Things to do in Bruges

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Ballum, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Landbouw-Juttersmuseum Swartwoude.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ballum trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Ballum takes 6 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ballum are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Terschelling.

Things to do in Ballum

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trips

Terschelling, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat, take some stellar pictures from Bunkers Terschelling, then examine the collection at Landbouwmuseum en Kinderboerderij 't Hooivak, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint Janskerk Hoorn Terschelling. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Vuurtoren Brandaris, then stroll through Groene strand, then stop by De Boekenboer, and finally examine the collection at Wrakkenmuseum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Terschelling road trip planner.

Getting from Ballum to Terschelling by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December in Terschelling, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to De Koog.

Things to do in Terschelling

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

De Koog, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
De Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel, kick back and relax at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Luchtvaart- En Oorlogsmuseum Texel, and finally hike along Sommeltjespad. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of de Hervormde kerk Den Hoorn Texel uit 1425, then have some family-friendly fun at Zwembad De Krim, and then tee off at Golfbaan De Texelse.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the De Koog trip planner.

Travel from Terschelling to De Koog in 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in De Koog

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Beaches

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

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 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee and then see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, and finally take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train from De Koog to Amsterdam in 4 hours. January in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Beaches · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

On the 5th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural Sciences, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Train World, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ZOO Planckendael, and then steep yourself in history at Groot Begijnhof.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip maker tool.

Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips