16 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany Itinerary

16 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany Itinerary

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16 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
Drive + Train + Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Jerusalem Chapel & Adornes Domain and then kick back and relax at De Panne Beach. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, then look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally take in the waterfront at Rozenhoedkaai.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges online tour builder .

London, UK to Bruges is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

De Panne Beach
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Bastogne War Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Bouillon and Mardasson Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne (in Bastogne) and Mons (St Symphorien Military Cemetery & Francois Duesberg Museum). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Atomium and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brussels journey builder app .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bastogne, Mons, Chateau de Bouillon
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zaanse Schans and Herengracht. Van Gogh Museum and World Heritage Kinderdijk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see Panorama Mesdag in The Hague, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), don't miss a visit to The Amstel, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Prostitution - Red Light Secrets.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Panorama Mesdag, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Zaanse Schans
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
night
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), don't miss a visit to Altstadt, contemplate the long history of Siebers Tower, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and finally steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rothenburg online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to Rothenburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

2
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 22nd (Wed), examine the collection at The Royal Porcelain Collection, then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Cross. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Elbe Sandstone Mountains, don't miss a visit to Schlossplatz, then don't miss a visit to Schloss Moritzburg, and finally don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Dresden takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Schloss Moritzburg
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Elbe Sandstone Mountains ©
Elbe Sandstone Mountains
Schloss Moritzburg
Schloss Moritzburg

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Sanssouci Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Potsdam's Gardens and Gemaldegalerie. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and admire the natural beauty at Großer Tiergarten.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Berlin online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Potsdam, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Gemaldegalerie ©
Gemaldegalerie

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