42 days in Belgium Itinerary

42 days in Belgium Itinerary

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Brussels
— 12 nights
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Bruges
— 13 nights
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Maasmechelen
— 4 nights
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Esneux
— 3 nights
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Bastogne
— 9 nights

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Brussels

Brussels ©

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Let the collections at Atomium and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Te Boelaerpark and Sint-Annastrand. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Wereldbeeld (in Hamme), Antwerp (Koningin Fabiolazaal, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more) and Fort 5 (in Edegem). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brussels online trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Brussels. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

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Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

13
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Bruges

Bruges ©

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Escape the urban bustle at Minnewater Lake and The Dunes of Bredene. Popular historic sites such as Historic Centre of Brugge and Basilica of the Holy Blood are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Beach De Haan (in De Haan), Ghent (Western Cemetery, Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, &more) and Vagevuurbos (in Beernem). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Maasmechelen.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

4
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Maasmechelen

Maasmechelen ©
Maasmechelen is a municipality located on the Meuse river in the Belgian province of Limburg.It comprises the former municipalities of Mechelen-aan-de-Maas, Vucht, Leut, Meeswijk, Uikhoven, Eisden, Opgrimbie, Boorsem, and Kotem.As a result of both Maasmechelen’s location near the border and its coalmining history quite a few of its current inhabitants are from Dutch, German, Eastern European (e.g., Polish) or Mediterranean (mainly Italian) origin.HistoryPrehistoric and Roman timesThe plateau of Campine was built up during the ice age with deposits of sand and other material that the Meuse river had eroded in the upstream Ardennes region. Escape the urban bustle at Bronnenwandeling and Mechelse Heide. Get out of town with these interesting Maasmechelen side-trips: De Teut (in Zonhoven), Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery (in Henri-Chapelle) and Montagne Saint-Pierre Nature (in Vise). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Duinengordel and explore the striking landscape of Hoge Kempen National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Maasmechelen vacation planning app.

Drive from Bruges to Maasmechelen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Maasmechelen, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Esneux.

Things to do in Maasmechelen

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Mechelse Heide ©
Mechelse Heide
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery ©
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Duinengordel ©
Duinengordel

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Esneux

Esneux ©
Esneux is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. Chateau de Modave and Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to La Roche-aux-Faucons and Musee en plein air et Tour St Martin. When in Esneux, make a side trip to see Hexapoda in Waremme, approximately Waremme away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Grotte de Comblain, take an in-depth tour of Prehistomuseum, learn about all things military at Fort de Flemalle, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Ardennes American Cemetery.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Esneux route builder app.

You can drive from Maasmechelen to Esneux in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Esneux can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Bastogne.

Things to do in Esneux

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

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Bois de la Vequee ©
Bois de la Vequee
Ardennes American Cemetery ©
Ardennes American Cemetery
Chateau de Modave ©
Chateau de Modave

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Bastogne

Bastogne ©
Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II.
Get in touch with nature at Domaine de Palogne and La Vallee de la Hoegne. Museum-lovers will appreciate Bastogne War Museum and 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne. Get out of town with these interesting Bastogne side-trips: Spa (Domaine de Berinzenne & Jean Loup Legrand - Artisan Chocolatier), Butgenbacher Lake (in Butgenbach) and Le Ninglinspo (in Nonceveux). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Forestia, stop by Old Town of Durbuy, delve into the distant past at Parc de Furfooz, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bouillon.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bastogne attractions planner.

Drive from Esneux to Bastogne in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bastogne

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Le Ninglinspo ©
Le Ninglinspo
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon

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