42 days in Belgium Itinerary

42 days in Belgium Itinerary

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42 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: Brussels
1
Brussels
— 12 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Bruges
— 13 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Maasmechelen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Esneux
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bastogne
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Brussels

12
nights
Brussels

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sint-Annastrand and Sunset Beach. Visit St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert for their historical value. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Antwerp (Te Boelaerpark, Koningin Fabiolazaal, & more), Wereldbeeld (in Hamme) and Fort 5 (in Edegem). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Atomium, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brussels online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Brussels. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antwerp, Fort 5, Neuhaus Factory Shop, Wereldbeeld
Highlights from your plan
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

13
nights
Bruges

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Visiting Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve and De Assels will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Groeningemuseum and Belfry of Bruges. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Belgium Pier (in Blankenberge), Ghent (Western Cemetery, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, & more) and De Haan beach (in De Haan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges travel planning tool .

Take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Maasmechelen.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ghent, Beernem, Blankenberge, De Panne Beach, De Haan beach
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

4
nights
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 Montagne Saint-Pierre Nature and Mechelse Heide. Explore Maasmechelen's surroundings by going to Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery (in Henri-Chapelle), De Teut (in Zonhoven) and Bronnenwandeling (in Sint-Pieters-Voeren). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Duinengordel and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hoge Kempen National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Maasmechelen trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Bruges to Maasmechelen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Maasmechelen sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Esneux.

Things to do in Maasmechelen

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bronnenwandeling, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Montagne Saint-Pierre Nature, Duinengordel, De Teut
Highlights from your plan
Mechelse Heide ©
Mechelse Heide
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery ©
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Duinengordel ©
Duinengordel

3
nights
Esneux

Esneux ©
Esneux is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial and Prehistomuseum. Get outdoors at La Roche-aux-Faucons and Bois de la Vequee. Venture out of the city with trips to Hexapoda (in Waremme) and Chateau de Modave (in Modave). And it doesn't end there: hike along Musee en plein air et Tour St Martin, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul, learn about all things military at Fort de Flemalle, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Comblain.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Esneux trip planning app .

You can drive from Maasmechelen to Esneux in an hour. In August in Esneux, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bastogne.

Things to do in Esneux

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Flemalle, Comblain-au-Pont, Ardennes American Cemetery, Bois de la Vequee, Chateau de Modave
Highlights from your plan
Bois de la Vequee ©
Bois de la Vequee
Ardennes American Cemetery ©
Ardennes American Cemetery
Chateau de Modave ©
Chateau de Modave

9
nights
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.
Let the collections at Bastogne War Museum and 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Domaine de Palogne and December 44 Historical Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bastogne: Butgenbacher Lake (in Butgenbach), Spa (Domaine de Berinzenne & Jean Loup Legrand - Artisan Chocolatier) and Le Ninglinspo (in Nonceveux). There's much more to do: trek along La Vallee de la Hoegne, wander the streets of Old Town of Durbuy, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Domain of the Caves of Han, and explore the ancient world of Abbaye d'Orval.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bastogne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Esneux to Bastogne takes 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

Side Trips

Spa, Ferrieres, Abbaye d'Orval, Basilique Saint-Hubert, Butgenbacher Lake
Highlights from your plan
Le Ninglinspo ©
Le Ninglinspo
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon

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