17 days in Benelux Itinerary

17 days in Benelux Itinerary

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17 days in Benelux Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Zuiderzeemuseum and Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum). Get some cultural insight at National Military Museum and Torture Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Airborne Museum Hartenstein (in Oosterbeek), Kasteel Doorwerth (in Doorwerth) and Kasteel de Haar (in Haarzuilens). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of Prostitution - Red Light Secrets, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Amsterdam: highs are around 47°F and lows about 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Zuiderzeemuseum, National Military Museum, Kasteel de Haar, National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), Kasteel Doorwerth
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Amsterdam Tulip Museum ©
Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Zuiderzeemuseum ©
Zuiderzeemuseum
Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) ©

2
nights
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 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Citadel of the Holy Spirit (Citadelle du St-Esprit), take an in-depth tour of Museum Drai Eechelen, step into the grandiose world of Larochette Castle, then delve into the distant past at Bourscheid Castle, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bofferding. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Chateau Esch-sur-Sure, examine the collection at The Family of Man, delve into the distant past at Beaufort Castles, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg, and finally examine the collection at Musee National des Mines de Fer Luxembourgeoises.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Luxembourg City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Amsterdam in December, plan for little chillier days in Luxembourg City, with highs around 42°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Larochette Castle, The Family of Man, Bourscheid Castle, Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg, Bofferding
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Bourscheid Castle ©
Bourscheid Castle
Beaufort Castles ©
Beaufort Castles

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Schaerbeekois de la Biere and Place du Jeu de Balle. Get some historical perspective at Fort Breendonk and Domaine Saint Roch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Museum Mayer van den Bergh (in Antwerp), Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum (in Lessines) and Dijlepad (in Mechelen). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Art & History Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Royale Sainte-Marie, explore the different monuments and memorials at St Symphorien Military Cemetery, and examine the collection at Tresor d'Hugo d'Oignies.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Abbaye de Villers, Arenberg Castle, Dijlepad, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Brasserie des Fagnes - Fabrication de Bieres Speciales
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Fort Breendonk ©
Fort Breendonk
Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum ©
Arenberg Castle ©
Arenberg Castle

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.
Get some historical perspective at 'T Zand and Langemark Cemetery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brugge Sint Jacobskerk and Lange Max Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Patershol (in Ghent), Poperinge (Talbot House & Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery) and Ieper (Ypres) (Hill 60 & Hooge Crater museum). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, appreciate the history behind Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument, and hike along Bruges Art Route.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bruges trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Bruges, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Poperinge, For Freedom Museum, Lange Max Museum, Langemark Cemetery
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Brugge Sint Jacobskerk ©
Brugge Sint Jacobskerk
For Freedom Museum ©
For Freedom Museum
Lange Max Museum ©
Lange Max Museum

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