25 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

25 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

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25 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Lisse, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
The Hague, The Netherlands
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— Few hours
Train:  45 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Antwerp, Belgium
— Few hours
Train:  45 min
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
9
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
10
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
11
Stuttgart, Germany
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  3 h 30 min
12
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
13
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  5 h
14
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Manila, Philippines

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, then browse the exhibits of Kooijman Klompenmakerij, and finally examine the collection at Zaanse Schans.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary app .

Manila, Philippines to Amsterdam is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manila to Amsterdam, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Manila in August, plan for little chillier days in Amsterdam, with highs around 26°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lisse.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Lisse, The Netherlands

Lisse ©
Lisse is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. On the 4th (Sun), stroll through Nieuw-Vennep, then head outdoors with Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sint Agathakerk.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lisse trip itinerary maker site .

Lisse is just a short distance from Amsterdam. August in Lisse sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Lisse

Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Canales de Leiden, Van Zanten Hal, Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen
Highlights from your plan
Sint Agathakerk ©
Sint Agathakerk
Van Zanten Hal ©
Van Zanten Hal
Old Zandvliet Farm ©
Old Zandvliet Farm

few
hours
The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our The Hague trip planner .

The Hague is just a short distance from Lisse. August in The Hague sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Skyview De Pier ©
Skyview De Pier

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam
To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner .

You can drive from The Hague to Amsterdam in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 6th (Tue), you're off toRotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

few
hours
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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.
On the 6th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Euromast, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotterdam online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Rotterdam Centraal Station ©
Rotterdam Centraal Station
Euromast ©
Euromast

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Dam Square.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam attractions planning site .

Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Vondelpark ©
Vondelpark
De Duif ©
De Duif

few
hours
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, then examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Paul's Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cogels Osylei.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antwerp day trip website .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Antwerp, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cogels Osylei ©
Cogels Osylei
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady

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.
On the 8th (Thu), admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Guildhouses, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then examine the collection at Kazerne Dossin, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planning app .

Getting from Antwerp to Brussels by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mechelen, Old Market Square
Highlights from your plan
Kazerne Dossin ©
Kazerne Dossin
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
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 11th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinuferpromenade, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Lambertus Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dusseldorf day trip site .

You can drive from Brussels to Dusseldorf in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Dusseldorf, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Irrland
Highlights from your plan
Irrland ©
Irrland
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Rheinturm ©
Rheinturm

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Three Kings. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Schloss Augustusburg, then make a trip to Drachenfelsbahn, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gross St. Martin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cologne day trip planner.

Cologne is just a stone's throw from Dusseldorf. In August in Cologne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Schloss Augustusburg, Drachenfelsbahn
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge
Drachenfelsbahn ©
Drachenfelsbahn

2
nights
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Markthalle, then see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, then examine the collection at Ludwigsburg Palace (Residenzschloss), and finally admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Stuttgart tour app .

Traveling by train from Cologne to Stuttgart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Stuttgart, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg, Market Square (Marktplatz)
Highlights from your plan
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Porsche Museum ©
Porsche Museum
Market Square (Marktplatz)
Market Square (Marktplatz)

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a stroll through Old Town, make a trip to Schmiedgasse, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, then make a trip to Klingentor, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Weikersheim.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg visit planner .

Getting from Stuttgart to Rothenburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim
Highlights from your plan
Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim ©
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

4
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 the less-touristy side of things at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) and Fuggerei. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen) and Regensburg (Cathedral of St Peter's & Old Town). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Schloss Nymphenburg, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and take in panoramic vistas at Olympic Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Munich tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Rothenburg to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Regensburg, Altstadt von Fuessen, Fuggerei
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Old Town ©
Old Town
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) ©
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Neues Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Berlin Hauptbahnhof, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Room Escape Games

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