16 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Bruges Itinerary

16 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Bruges Itinerary

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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Lubeck, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Steenwijk, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Hamburg, Germany

— 3 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.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, and catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In June in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lubeck.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Lubeck, Germany

— 3 nights

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stop by Rotter Glas - Crystal since 1870, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marienkirche, then take a stroll through Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), then see the interesting displays at Holstentor, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of An der Obertrave. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Schwerin Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Travemunde.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lubeck trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Lubeck takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Steenwijk.

Things to do in Lubeck

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Steenwijk, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Steenwijk is a city in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Dierenpark Taman Indonesia, admire the masterpieces at Museum Valse Kunst, then contemplate the long history of Hunebed D54 bij Havelte, and finally steep yourself in history at D53.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Steenwijk itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lubeck to Steenwijk in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Steenwijk

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Steenwijk to Amsterdam takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 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.
Bruges is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Markt, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bruges online route planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Bruges are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.