18 days in Belgium, Germany & Innsbruck Itinerary

18 days in Belgium, Germany & Innsbruck Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Ghent
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Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dusseldorf, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Innsbruck
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly

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Ghent, Belgium

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.
Visit Saint Bavo's Cathedral and St. Nicholas' Cathedral for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Belfry of Bruges and St Michael's Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Ghent: Ieper (Ypres) (Hill 60 & Ramparts Cemetery), Zonnebeke (Tyne Cot Cemetery & Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917) and Bruges (St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church), Torture Museum Oude Steen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei and take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ghent trip planning site.

Mazatlan, Mexico to Ghent is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 8 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mazatlan in August; daily highs in Ghent reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

2
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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then make a trip to Atomium, and finally admire the masterpieces at Francois Duesberg Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Memorial Waterloo 1815, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Villers, and then steep yourself in history at Citadelle (Citadel).

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brussels road trip planner.

You can drive from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

2
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Antwerp, Belgium

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 8th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, admire the landmark architecture of Carolus Borromeus Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church, then examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), get to know the fascinating history of Cogels Osylei, don't miss a visit to St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall (Stadhuis).

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Antwerp journey app.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Antwerp sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums

2
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Dusseldorf, Germany

Fashion Capital of Germany

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Burg Wachtendonk, then steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, then wander the streets of Konigsallee, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinuferpromenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten Grugapark, get a new perspective on nature at Schloss Benrath, and then examine the collection at Classic Remise Dusseldorf.

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Traveling by car from Antwerp to Dusseldorf takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Dusseldorf, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Cologne, Germany

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cologne Cathedral and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Get some historical perspective at Reichsburg Cochem and Rheinfels Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Marksburg (in Braubach), Eltz Castle (in Wierschem) and Bonner Munster (in Bonn). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gross St. Martin, make a trip to Shrine of the Three Kings, and take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cologne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dusseldorf to Cologne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cologne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Innsbruck, Austria

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Escape the urban bustle at Stubaier Gletscher and Grawa Wasserfall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Altstadt von Innsbruck and Dom zu St. Jakob. Explore Innsbruck's surroundings by going to Kitzbuhel (Schwarzsee & Pfarrkirche "Zum Heiligen Andreas"), Kufstein Fortress (in Kufstein) and Hexenwasser (in Soll). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, explore the world behind art at Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, pause for some photo ops at Hofkirche, and fly down the slopes at Rosshutte.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cologne to Innsbruck in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

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.