17 days in Belgium, Germany & Luxembourg City Itinerary

17 days in Belgium, Germany & Luxembourg City Itinerary

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17 days in Belgium, Germany & Luxembourg City Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Ghent, Belgium
— Few hours
train:  30​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  15​min
3
Ostend, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Leuven, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  30​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Waterloo, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
8
Mons, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Chimay, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Couvin, Belgium
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
11
Dinant, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
14
Trier, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
15
Bonn, Germany
— 1 night
train:  30​min
16
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom


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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
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 1st (Thu): browse the exhibits of Gravensteen.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Ghent trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Ghent is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

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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 2nd (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, then pause for some photo ops at Oude Griffie, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bruges vacation maker website .

Bruges is very close to Ghent. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Ostend.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges
Belfry of Bruges

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Ostend, Belgium

Ostend ©
Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Raversyde, learn about all things military at Atlantic Wall Museum, then don't miss a visit to Exposure Value, and finally don't miss a visit to HMS Vindictive.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ostend online driving holiday planner .

Ostend is very close to Bruges. August in Ostend sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Ostend

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Atlantic Wall Museum ©
Atlantic Wall Museum
Raversyde ©
Raversyde
Exposure Value ©
Exposure Value

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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
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 4th (Sun), see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, then look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, then examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Antwerp trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Ostend to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Antwerp are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Leuven.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Antwerpen-Centraal ©
Antwerpen-Centraal
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady

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Leuven, Belgium

Leuven ©
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 5th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind Vallend paard, admire the striking features of Groot Begijnhof, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, and finally don't miss a visit to Great Market Square (Grote Markt).

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Leuven trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Leuven takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Leuven, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Leuven

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Groot Begijnhof ©
Groot Begijnhof

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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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brussels online trip itinerary builder .

Brussels is just a short distance from Leuven. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Waterloo.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

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Waterloo, Belgium

Waterloo ©
Known as the site of Napoleon's defeat, Waterloo tops the itinerary of any serious history buff exploring the Walloon Brabant province, located in the very heart of Belgium.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Chateau d'Hougoumont, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Thai Dhammaram, then have some family-friendly fun at VR-Hut, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Wellington Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Waterloo vacation builder website .

Waterloo is just a short distance from Brussels. In August in Waterloo, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mons.

Things to do in Waterloo

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wat Thai Dhammaram ©
Wat Thai Dhammaram
The Wellington Museum ©
The Wellington Museum

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Mons, Belgium

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Mons trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Waterloo to Mons takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Mons sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chimay.

Things to do in Mons

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Francois Duesberg Museum ©
Francois Duesberg Museum
St Symphorien Military Cemetery ©
St Symphorien Military Cemetery
Grand-Place de Mons ©
Grand-Place de Mons

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Chimay, Belgium

Chimay ©
Chimay is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chimay, then take in nature's colorful creations at La grange aux papillons, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at L'abbaye Notre-Dame de Scourmont.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chimay road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mons to Chimay in an hour. In August in Chimay, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Couvin.

Things to do in Chimay

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chimay ©
Chateau de Chimay
La grange aux papillons ©
La grange aux papillons
L'abbaye Notre-Dame de Scourmont ©
L'abbaye Notre-Dame de Scourmont

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Couvin, Belgium

Couvin
Couvin is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Namur.On 1 January 2006 the municipality had 13,476 inhabitants. To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Couvin trip itinerary planning site .

Couvin is very close to Chimay. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for Dinant on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Couvin

Tours Outdoors Parks

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Dinant, Belgium

Dinant ©
Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Church of Our Lady (Collegiale Notre-Dame), then snap pictures at Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge, then stroll through Rocher Bayard, and finally explore the ancient world of Parc de Furfooz.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dinant road trip website .

Drive from Couvin to Dinant in an hour. In August in Dinant, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bastogne.

Things to do in Dinant

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parc de Furfooz ©
Parc de Furfooz
Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge ©
Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge

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Bastogne, Belgium

Bastogne ©
Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): appreciate the history behind McAuliffe Square.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bastogne road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Dinant to Bastogne in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Bastogne

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Mardasson Memorial ©
Mardasson Memorial

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at National Museum of Art and History (Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art), steep yourself in history at Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), then don't miss a visit to Place Guillaume II, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock.

Plan trip to Luxembourg City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Bastogne to Luxembourg City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Trier.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan

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Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), shop like a local with Hauptmarkt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, then make a trip to Porta Nigra, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kurfurstliches Palais.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Trier trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Trier takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bonn.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra

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Bonn, Germany

Bonn ©
The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll around Arboretum Park Harle, stroll around Freizeitpark Rheinaue, and then get engrossed in the history at Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bonn tour planning site .

You can drive from Trier to Bonn in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Bonn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Cologne.

Things to do in Bonn

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Freizeitpark Rheinaue ©
Freizeitpark Rheinaue
Arboretum Park Harle ©
Arboretum Park Harle

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Kolner Dom, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

Start your trip to Cologne by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Cologne is just a short distance from Bonn. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

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