18 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

18 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

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18 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Dinant, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
5
Kaiserslautern, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
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: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip builder app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station, look for gifts at Monsieur Saucisson, then browse the different shops at Markthal, then take in the views from Erasmus Bridge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Euromast. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rotterdam Zoo and then find something for the whole family at Efteling.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rotterdam day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Nieuwe Kerk, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Efteling
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Efteling ©
Efteling
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Bruges to Ghent to see Gravensteen about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Markt, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bruges trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Rotterdam to Bruges in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Dinant.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Gravensteen
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dinant: Chateau de Bouillon (in Bouillon) and Bastogne (Bastogne War Museum & Mardasson Memorial). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of La Grotte De Han, browse the exhibits of La Citadelle de Dinant, take in the dramatic natural features at Rocher Bayard, and examine the collection at Maison Adolphe Sax.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dinant travel route planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Dinant in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Dinant, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. You will leave for Kaiserslautern on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Dinant

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bastogne, Domaine Des Grottes De Han, Chateau de Bouillon
Highlights from your plan
Citadelle de Dinant ©
Citadelle de Dinant
Domaine Des Grottes De Han ©
Domaine Des Grottes De Han
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum

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Kaiserslautern, Germany

Kaiserslautern ©
Though relatively small, Kaiserslautern offers a surprisingly large number of opportunities for dining, nightlife, and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Vrecon Virtual Reality Lounge. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Wildpark Betzenberg, admire the local landmark of Der Kaiserbrunnen, then stroll around Gartenschau Kaiserslautern, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Japanischer Garten (Japanese Garden).

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kaiserslautern tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Dinant to Kaiserslautern in 3.5 hours. In June in Kaiserslautern, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Kaiserslautern

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
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Gartenschau Kaiserslautern ©
Gartenschau Kaiserslautern
Wildpark Betzenberg ©
Wildpark Betzenberg
Vrecon Virtual Reality Lounge ©
Vrecon Virtual Reality Lounge

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Phantasialand and then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne travel planner .

Getting from Kaiserslautern to Cologne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Phantasialand
Highlights from your plan
Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge

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