36 days in Germany, Holland & Bruges Itinerary

36 days in Germany, Holland & Bruges Itinerary

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36 days in Germany, Holland & Bruges Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
2
Utrecht, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Rotterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Maastricht, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
7
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Essen, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Berlin, Germany
— 9 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  4​h
End: Amsterdam, Holland


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7
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Change things up with a short trip to Grote Markt in Haarlem (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam tour itinerary tool .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In October, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grote Markt
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Utrecht, Holland

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Get out of town with these interesting Utrecht side-trips: Kroller-Muller Museum (in Otterlo), St. John's Cathedral (in Den Bosch) and Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark (in Arnhem). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Utrecht holiday builder .

Utrecht is just a short distance from Amsterdam. In October, daily temperatures in Utrecht can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

St. John's Cathedral, Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark, Kroller-Muller Museum
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Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) ©
Kroller-Muller Museum ©
Kroller-Muller Museum
Canals area ©
Canals area

2
nights
Rotterdam, Holland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Erasmus Bridge, admire the striking features of Euromast, pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, stop by Monsieur Saucisson, then browse the different shops at Markthal, and finally don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kijk-Kubus, see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam day trip planning site .

Take a train from Utrecht to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Tours Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Nieuwe Kerk
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Walking tours
Euromast ©
Euromast
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Burg Square, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, and finally appreciate the history behind Oude Griffie.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges tour planning website .

Drive from Rotterdam to Bruges in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Maastricht.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

2
nights
Maastricht, Holland

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Maastricht and then don't miss a visit to Market Square. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter, explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Servatius, then contemplate the long history of Boekhandel Dominicanen, then don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, and finally admire the striking features of Hoofdwacht.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Maastricht trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Maastricht takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Cologne.

Things to do in Maastricht

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Maastricht Underground ©
Maastricht Underground
Boekhandel Dominicanen ©
Boekhandel Dominicanen
Fort Sint Pieter ©
Fort Sint Pieter

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 5th (Tue): don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle. On your second day here, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Kolner Dom, then take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Maastricht to Cologne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. November in Cologne sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Burg Eltz, Bonner Munster, Deutsches Eck (German Corner)
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Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Burg Eltz ©
Burg Eltz

2
nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
On the 8th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter und Paul, wander the streets of Konigsallee, look for gifts at Altstadt, enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm, then admire the landmark architecture of MedienHafen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinuferpromenade. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Classic Remise Dusseldorf, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St Cacilia Benrath.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dusseldorf travel planner .

Dusseldorf is very close to Cologne. In November, daily temperatures in Dusseldorf can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Essen.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

St. Peter und Paul
Highlights from your plan
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Classic Remise Dusseldorf ©
Classic Remise Dusseldorf
St. Peter und Paul ©
St. Peter und Paul

2
nights
Essen, Germany

Essen ©
For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get your game on at Hespertalbahn Museumseisenbahn Essen and then steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museum Folkwang, then take in the dramatic scenery at Grugapark Essen, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Huegel, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Essen trip planning website .

Essen is just a short distance from Dusseldorf. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Essen

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Aasee
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Grugapark Essen ©
Grugapark Essen
Museum Folkwang ©
Museum Folkwang

9
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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, make a trip to East Side Gallery, see the interesting displays at Topographie des Terrors, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Berlin day trip planner.

Fly from Essen to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, and get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Hamburg trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Planten un Blomen ©
Planten un Blomen
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Tierpark Hagenbeck ©
Tierpark Hagenbeck

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