16 days in Belgium, Germany & Luxembourg City Itinerary

16 days in Belgium, Germany & Luxembourg City Itinerary

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Leuven, Belgium
— 1 night
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Dinant, Belgium
— 1 night
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Kortrijk, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 1 night
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Leuven, Belgium

— 1 night
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): head outdoors with Doode Bemde, steep yourself in history at Groot Begijnhof, then appreciate the history behind Vallend paard, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Leuven online tour planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Leuven is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Bangkok in August, you will find days in Leuven are little chillier (27°C), and nights are cooler (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dinant.

Things to do in Leuven

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dinant, Belgium

— 1 night
Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
On the 17th (Sat), make a trip to Eglise Collegiale Notre-Dame, Head underground at Domaine Des Grottes De Han, then examine the collection at Maison Adolphe Sax, and finally relax in the rural setting at Ferme Apicole des Neuf Bonniers.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dinant day trip website.

Traveling by car from Leuven to Dinant takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dinant are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kortrijk.

Things to do in Dinant

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kortrijk, Belgium

— 1 night
Kortrijk is a Belgian city and municipality in the Flemish province of West Flanders.It is the capital and largest city of the judicial and administrative arrondissement of Kortrijk. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at In Flanders Fields Museum, appreciate the history behind Menin Gate Memorial, make a trip to Tyne Cot Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beguinage of Kortrijk, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kortrijk travel planner.

Traveling by car from Dinant to Kortrijk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kortrijk are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Kortrijk

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Walplein. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally stroll around Minnewaterpark.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kortrijk to Bruges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Bruges, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Ghent, Belgium

— 2 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get your game on at BeVirtual, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), pick up some local products at BE O Markt, browse the exhibits of Gravensteen, then steep yourself in history at Graslei and Korenlei, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, get your game on at Level Up Gent, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St Michael's Bridge.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ghent day trip tool.

Getting from Bruges to Ghent by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games · Museums

Antwerp, Belgium

— 1 night
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 23rd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, then examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), and finally don't miss a visit to Grote Markt.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Antwerp day trip planning site.

Getting from Ghent to Antwerp by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites

Mechelen, Belgium

— 1 night
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
On the 24th (Sat), sample the tasty concoctions at Brewery Van Campenhout, then admire the striking features of St. Rumbold's Cathedral, and then experience rural life at Paardenmelkerij Het Brabanderhof (Horse Dairy Farm Het Barbanderhof).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mechelen driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Mechelen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mechelen can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

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 next day, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels attractions planner.

Drive from Mechelen to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Trier, Germany

— 1 night

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, then delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kurfurstliches Palais.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Trier itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Trier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 28th (Wed), see the interesting displays at National Museum of Art and History (Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art), explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then make a trip to Place Guillaume II, then get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Trier to Luxembourg City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In August in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Hamburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 29th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Luxembourg City to Hamburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.