43 days in Holland, Brussels & Cologne Itinerary

43 days in Holland, Brussels & Cologne Itinerary

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43 days in Holland, Brussels & Cologne Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 24 nights
train:  1​h
2
Rotterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
4
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Manila, Philippines

24
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Van Gogh Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Zandvoort aan Zee and The Mouse Mansion - shop & studio. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to Haarlem to see Teylers Museum about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam journey planner.

Manila, Philippines to Amsterdam is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manila to Amsterdam. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Manila in May: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Zandvoort aan Zee, Teylers Museum
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam ©
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.
Madurodam and Museum Paul Tetar van Elven will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotterdam: Van Kleef & Zoon (in The Hague), Delft (Agnetapark & Golfbaan Delfland) and Scheveningen (Scheveningen beach & Museum Beelden aan Zee). It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Panorama Mesdag and stroll through Rotterdam Zoo.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rotterdam trip planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Delft
Highlights from your plan
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Atomium and Grand Place. You'll explore and learn at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum and Gravensteen Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the striking features of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Brussels holiday app .

Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Ghent
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

4
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Cologne Cathedral and Mosel Valley are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Museum Ludwig and Chocolate Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun (in Daun), Burg Eltz (in Wierschem) and Phantasialand (in Bruhl). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Reichsburg Cochem, wander the streets of Konigallee, make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge, and get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Cologne sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Reichsburg Cochem, Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun, Burg Eltz, Phantasialand, Mosel Valley
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Mosel Valley ©
Mosel Valley

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Willet-Holthuysen Museum and West Church (Westerkerk). Attractions like ARTIS and Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Amsterdam further: sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, contemplate the long history of Museum Van Loon, don't miss a visit to Dam Square, and get engrossed in the history at The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum).

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cologne to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cologne in June: highs in Amsterdam hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
NEMO Science Museum ©
NEMO Science Museum
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam ©
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam ©
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam

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