16 days in Black Forest & Belgium Itinerary

16 days in Black Forest & Belgium Itinerary

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16 days in Black Forest & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly + train:  10​h 15​min
1
Baden-Baden, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Get in touch with nature at Naturschutzgebiet Taubergiessen and Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald. Change things up with these side-trips from Baden-Baden: Alternativer Wolf- Und Barenpark Schwarzwald (in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach) and Monbachtal (in Bad Liebenzell). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Geroldsauer Wasserfall, try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, head outdoors with Goenneranlage, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Merkur.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden trip planning tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Baden-Baden is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Baden-Baden due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in July, with highs in Baden-Baden at 31°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald, Naturschutzgebiet Taubergiessen, Alternativer Wolf- Und Barenpark Schwarzwald, Monbachtal
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Merkur ©
Merkur
Goenneranlage ©
Goenneranlage

1
night
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): find something for the whole family at Europa-Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Freiburg im Breisgau vacation app .

Getting from Baden-Baden to Freiburg im Breisgau by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Freiburg im Breisgau can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Europa-Park
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park

4
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.
Visit De Panne Beach and DOK City Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve and De Assels. Go for a jaunt from Bruges to Assenede to see Meetjeslandse Kreken about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bruges Art Route, and hunt for treasures at Farmer's Market Market.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges tour planning tool .

Getting from Freiburg im Breisgau to Bruges by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Freiburg im Breisgau in August: highs in Bruges hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ghent, De Panne Beach, Meetjeslandse Kreken
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Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Markt ©
The Markt

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Sint-Annastrand and Etangs d'Ixelles. Head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Fromagerie Catherinefor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Te Boelaerpark (in Antwerp) and Pairi Daiza (in Brugelette). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Atomium, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and head outdoors with Piscine L'Espadon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brussels holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Antwerp, Pairi Daiza
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Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium

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