24 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

24 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

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24 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Stralsund, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h 15 min
6
Berchtesgaden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

2
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 some cultural insight at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Van Gogh Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Rijksmuseum and NEMO Science Museum. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and stroll through ARTIS.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip website .

Vancouver, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, then make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Burg Square, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, contemplate the long history of Huisje van Majutte, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen Castle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bruges tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Huisje van Majutte, Gravensteen
Highlights from your plan
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

3
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 Atomium and Grand Place. Let the collections at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Brussels.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brussels trip tool .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Popular historic sites such as Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Berliner Dom are in your itinerary. Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, and pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule).

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Stralsund.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

3
nights
Stralsund, Germany

Stralsund ©
Set on the Baltic Sea across from the island of Rugen, Straslund has for centuries focused on fishing and shipbuilding industries.
Get some cultural insight at Naturerbe Zentrum Ruegen and U-Boat Museum. Visiting Ostseebad Dierhagen and Strand von Binz will get you outdoors. Step out of Stralsund with an excursion to Kreidefelsen in Sassnitz--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Halbinsel Devin, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Marienkirche, contemplate the long history of Stralsunder Rathaus, and admire the landmark architecture of Wulflamhaus.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Stralsund tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Stralsund takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Stralsund

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ostseebad Binz, Sassnitz, Ostseebad Dierhagen
Highlights from your plan
Binzer Strand ©
Binzer Strand
Kreidefelsen ©
Kreidefelsen
U-Boat Museum ©
U-Boat Museum

2
nights
Berchtesgaden, Germany

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Eagle's Nest and Hotel Zum Turken. Obersalzberg and St Andreas Church will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Strandbad Ubersee (in Ubersee), Strandbad Seeon (in Seeon) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Ruhpolding). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Konigsee.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Berchtesgaden visit planner.

Traveling by car from Stralsund to Berchtesgaden takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Schoenau am Koenigssee, Parasailing & Paragliding, Strandbad Seeon, Strandbad Ubersee
Highlights from your plan
The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest
Konigssee ©
Konigssee
Strandbad Seeon ©
Strandbad Seeon

3
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Take a break from the city and head to Partnachklamm and Zugspitze. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Linderhof Palace and Wank Mountain. Change things up with these side-trips from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Hohenschwangau (Schloss Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein Castle), Zipfelsbach Wasserfall (in Hinterstein) and Skydiving (in Oberstdorf). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stadtpfarrkirche St. Martin and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Martin.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen visit website .

Drive from Berchtesgaden to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Skydiving, Zipfelsbach Wasserfall, Schloss Linderhof, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schloss Hohenschwangau
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
You'll explore and learn at Schloss Nymphenburg and Deutsches Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and BMW Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Munich, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Highlights from your plan
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
BMW Museum ©
BMW Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

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