21 days in The Netherlands, Cologne & Brussels Itinerary

21 days in The Netherlands, Cologne & Brussels Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
3
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cologne Cathedral and Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Get in touch with nature at Wildpark and Wildpark. Take a break from Cologne with a short trip to Teverener Heide in Geilenkirchen, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lindenthaler Tierpark and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Maria im Kapitol.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cologne route planner.

Manila, Philippines to Cologne is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manila to Cologne. Traveling from Manila in May, expect Cologne to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wildpark, Teverener Heide
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Teverener Heide
Teverener Heide
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and Atomium. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Walplein. Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Belfry of Bruges, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more) and Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (in Ghent). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

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You can drive from Cologne to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Brussels, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bruges, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles. Visiting Regte Heide & Riels Laag and Boswachterij Westerschouwen will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotterdam: The Hague (Widerstandsnest 67 HL, Stichting Atlantikwall Musuem Scheveningen & Madurodam) and Nature Reserve de Manteling (in Domburg). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Old Church, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kaapse Brouwers, pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, and explore the galleries of Panorama Mesdag.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam online trip maker.

You can drive from Brussels to Rotterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Hague, Delft, Regte Heide & Riels Laag, Boswachterij Westerschouwen, Nature Reserve de Manteling
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Nature Reserve de Manteling ©
Nature Reserve de Manteling
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel route site.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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