14 days in Cologne, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

14 days in Cologne, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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14 days in Cologne, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Dammam, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Phantasialand.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne planner .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Cologne is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dammam to Cologne is minus 2 hours. In August, Cologne is cooler than Dammam - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Phantasialand, Deutsches Eck (German Corner), Eltz Castle
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle

2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mini-Europe and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Take a break from Brussels with a short trip to Pairi Daiza in Brugelette, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Atomium, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, and admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels road trip planner .

You can take a train from Cologne to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Pairi Daiza
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

3
nights
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.
Attractions like The Markt and Stadhuis make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Bruges with an excursion to Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper (Ypres)--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, contemplate the long history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, and explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bruges journey builder website .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Menin Gate Memorial
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake

4
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.
Kids will enjoy ARTIS and Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and get engrossed in the history at Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip app .

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
NEMO Science Museum ©
NEMO Science Museum

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